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Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales

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#1 of 187 in Parks in Central Florida
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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On the National Register of Historic Places, Bok Tower Gardens sits atop one of central Florida's highest points. Spanning nearly 100 hectares (250 acres), this site features winding paths and secluded clearings. The Singing Tower, a 62 m (205 ft) tall Gothic-Art Deco structure, features a carillon with 60 large bells. You can wander through the gardens to find many varieties of blooming flowers, endangered plants, and tranquil pools, many designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. While in the park, keep your eyes open for the 126 different bird species, as well as tortoises and snakes, which call the gardens home. Make Bok Tower Gardens a part of your Lake Wales vacation plans using our Lake Wales attractions planner.
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  • Birthday trip.Annual pass holder. Beautiful gardens well cared for. I searched for the endangered garden and could not find it. Other than that disappointment (and the food at the cafe was not good... 
    Birthday trip.Annual pass holder. Beautiful gardens well cared for. I searched for the endangered garden and could not find it. Other than that disappointment (and the food at the cafe was not good...  more »
  • The tower is truly impressive close and personal. Unfortunately is not possible to go up. The gardens are very well kept even after Ian wind and rain. We saw the house from outside only. There is a....  more
    The tower is truly impressive close and personal. Unfortunately is not possible to go up. The gardens are very well kept even after Ian wind and rain. We saw the house from outside only. There is a....  more »
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  • This place is beautiful. We spent half a day there walking around and looking around at all the beautiful plants and trees. It was amazing to walk around and check out the grounds and old buildings. The tower is amazing and we stayed for the carillon bells. I can't explain the beauty at this place, just spectacular. The food at the Cafe is delicious, great salads and sandwiches. I really enjoyed this place and recommend, so relaxing and a place to de-stress.
  • What an absolutely beautiful hidden gem Bok Tower Gardens is!!! If my friend hadn't told me about it I wouldn't have stopped to check it out. What a vast array of beautiful landscape to walk and explore; 250 acres worth!! We barely scratched the surface and I look forward to going back to explore more! I love how all the plants are labeled so we know what we are admiring!! We so enjoyed the gardens and the tower, and next time will explore more of the nature trails. We also enjoyed the children's garden, Hammock Hollow, where my 5 year old could explore on terrain more fitting to her size!! We grabbed a bite to eat at the cafe; delicious sandwiches and ice cream!! Was a nice treat before exploring the gardens. Make sure to also take time to go inside their mini museum and learn the history behind Bok Tower and Gardens, as well as learn more about the making and insides of the tower itself. Bok Tower Gardens is a place you could spend your entire day exploring, as well as just relaxing on a blanket with a picnic relaxing!!

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