Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens is a “must-see” Florida attraction centrally located between Tampa and Orlando in Lake Wales. Through its historic landscaped gardens, unique Singing Tower, and palatial winter estate, Bok Tower Gardens offers a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to be one with nature.
All-new Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden
Reflecting the art and spirit of Bok Tower Gardens, Hammock Hollow incorporates cooling water features, vibrant plantings, a boardwalk, play areas with climbing features, a stage for little performers, and plenty of space to build, dig, create and explore. These new garden experiences are delightful for the young and young-at-heart as all visitors will be enchanted by the natural beauty, discovery-based learning, and unique horticultural elements.
Bok Tower Gardens is home to one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
The historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Tower. Acres of ferns, palms, oaks, and pines fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage and the spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias showcasing an ever-changing work of art. Over 8-acres of new garden areas including the Wild Garden, Pollinator Garden, Boardwalk and bog add to the experience spotlighting native plant species. An Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden also provide visitors with a delicious view of Florida agriculture.
The Pine Ridge Nature Preserve
The Pine Ridge Nature Preserve provides a rare opportunity to explore one of the nation’s few remaining longleaf pine-turkey oak habitats. Many of its rare plant species are found nowhere else in the world. It includes 126 different species of birds as well as the threatened gopher tortoise and endangered eastern indigo snake.
Singing Tower Carillon
Founder Edward Bok remembered the music of the carillons from his childhood in the Netherlands and commissioned a Singing Tower and world-class carillon to serve as the focal point of the gardens. The 60 bell Taylor Carillon has bells ranging in weight from 16 pounds to nearly 12 tons. Brief recorded carillon music fills the Gardens every 30 minutes and concerts are featured daily at 1 and 3 p.m.
Bok Tower Gardens’ visitors are swept back in time when they enter Pinewood Estate. It illustrates one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-style architecture in the state of Florida and the enchanting 20 room, 1930s mansion was originally built as the winter retreat of Bethlehem Steel executive C. Austin Buck. Self-guided walking tours of Pinewood Estate are available daily. The general tour price is $6 for adults and $5 for members and children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free.
Voted Florida’s best garden, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida, 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales in Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus. Open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission is 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. LEGOLAND ticket holders will receive free admission for children.
Location & Info
Bok Tower is located in Polk County