Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

1151 Tower BoulevardLake Wales, FL 33853
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Overview

A historic landmark boasting a 250-acre contemplative garden, a 205-foot tower and a bird sanctuary, Bok Tower Gardens gives visitors an up-close view of Florida’s beautiful wildlife and vegetation. This unique destination has attracted 23 million since 1929, inspiring artistic, cultural and spiritual enrichment from its Singing Tower carillon, Mediterranean-style mansion and lush gardens.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lake Wales Travel Experts
  • The 205-foot neo-Gothic and art-deco Singing Tower carillon houses one of the world’s finest carillons.
  • Open to visitors since 1929, Bok Tower Gardens is one of the greatest achievements of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
  • Enjoy live concerts.
  • View endangered species.
  • Concerts from the 60-bell carillon at 1 and 3 p.m. fill the Gardens daily.
  • Pinewood Estate, the enchanting 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion, is open for tours throughout the year.
  • Spring season is the best time to visit.
  • Plan to spend a minimum of 3-4 hours at the Gardens.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Pinewood Estate will be closed the following dates. Subject to change without notice 2017: April 21-23, October 20-22

Description

from Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens offers visitors Florida's most abundant opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and personal enrichment.

The lush landscapes of the Olmsted gardens, the majesty and music of the Singing Tower with its 60-bell carillon, and the splendor of Pinewood Estate create an experience that inspires all who visit.

Bok Tower Gardens is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last admission at 5 p.m.

Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last admission from the entrance gate is at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with limited hours on holidays.*

Pinewood Estate will be closed the following dates. Subject to change without notice.
2017: April 21-23, October 20-22
Top floor closed: March 3-13, ticket price reduced to $3, pay upon arrival.
Operating Hours except blackout dates above
Summer: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spring: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Best time to visit Pinewood Estate is 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Estate busy hours are from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Kimberly K
"Beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
The tower is amazing and very educational. The walk through is very easy and enjoyable. A nice place to visit.
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NCTH55
"Relaxing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
We combined a visit to Bok Tower Gardens with an airboat tour of the nearby Kissimmee River system, which made a much-appreciated break from the crowds and commercial culture of Orlando's theme parks. Strolling through the lovely gardens was relaxing, and we enjoyed hearing about the history of the area and the Bok family during a free guided tour. We also enjoyed hearing a carillon concert from a seating area near the tower, where we could watch the carilloneur via a live-stream monitor. Recently installed concrete walkways make the gardens more accessible for the physically impaired. There is also a garden area designed specifically for children.
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nicoleguraly
Bradenton, Florida
"Valentine's day dinner"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
I've been at the Bok Tower Gardens before, but this year I wanted to surprise my fiancé for Valentine's day with something special,so I chose their Valentine's Day Dinner. I have to tell y'all, I made the best decision. The Gardens had three options as a culinary event for this special day. The cheapest was some kind of a chocolate tasting, the mid-range priced was the steak dinner (that's what I chose) , and the Gardens offered a higher price (but I'm sure really good) gourmet dinner course in the Pinewood Estates with unlimited wine and beer. I chose the Steak dinner, because that had a meal and a dessert in the offer , which seemed enough for us. The price was unbeatable (especially on this day), the food was absolutely amazing, and the dinner was followed by a carillon concert at 8pm. It was a unique opportunity to see the garden and the tower at night. This place got 5 stars from me again, but just because there's no higher ratings available.
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E8603FNcheryls
Chenango Forks, New York
"Beautiful gardens."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
It was an amazing place to see. It had koi, flowers, and gardens. Not the usual tourist trap. Calm, and beautiful!
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cctravelerPa
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
"Amazing views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
Went with friends to walk these beautiful gardens and to see the carillon tower. Peaceful, serene, relaxing. They have a butterfly house you can walk through as well. The views from one of the highest spots in Florida are simply gorgeous.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bok Tower Gardens

How long does it take to walk through Bok Tower Gardens?To fully experience everything Bok Tower Gardens has to offer – a historic Olmstead landscape garden, the Singing Tower Carillon, Pinewood Estate mansion tour, the museum exhibits, café, gift shop, and more – they recommend a minimum of three to four hours.
Does Bok Tower Gardens have wheelchairs or mobility carts available?Bok Tower Gardens has one wheelchair, three adult strollers and five small children strollers available to guests. They are free for visitors to use and are available on a first-come, first served basis. For availability, please check in at the Tower & Garden Gift Shop. Single-passenger mobility carts are available to rent for $6 for one hour or less; $20 for four hours; and $40 for an entire day. Arrangements for mobility carts can be made at the Tower & Garden Gift Shop.
When can I hear the bells at Bok Tower Gardens?Carillon concerts are featured daily at 1 & 3pm. Visitors can usually hear clock music selections at 9am and every half-hour following.
Does Bok Tower Gardens have a place to eat lunch or purchase snacks?Yes. The Blue Palmetto Café is located on-site and features a wide assortment of lunch and snack selections. The Blue Palmetto Café is located near the Visitor Center and is open from 9am-5pm daily.
Is the Singing Tower open for visitors?The Singing Tower is open to guests who are sustainer level members or tower level members. Non-members are prohibited from entering the Singing Tower.
Does Bok Tower Gardens allow pets in the gardens?Pets are not allowed in the gardens. However, Bok Tower does have a “pet pen” that is an open-air, chain-link enclosed facility that is unattended, but does provide water (guests must bring their own water bowl). The fee to use the “pet pen” is $10, which includes a lock. When the lock is returned after your time at Bok Tower visitors receive a refund of $4.65, making the pet fee $5 plus tax.
Is the historic mansion open for tours?Pinewood is open for walking tours. Upon arrival, please check in with the Visitor Center for availability.