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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Suellen L
Saint Joseph, Missouri
"A Must See Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
We have heard about this place for years and finally was able to go in November - what a wonderful experience. The ground are well maintained and a very quiet, serene place that takes your breathe away-we plan on going back to enjoy it again.
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harlinv
Citrus Hills, Florida
"A place of tranquil beauty"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
Bok Tower and Gardens is the epitome of nature’s beauty in a serene setting. The carillon is a treat to the ears. A must see.
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Gary G
Cleveland, United States
"Tranquility at Its Best"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
The tour of the grounds is wonderful. Seeing the mansion at Christmas was a real treat. The carillon music was superb. A quiet gem not to miss.
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19Danny56
Concord, Ohio
"A wonderful experience. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
Bok Gardens was absolutely incredible. We started with a brief 9 minute video which provided us a history of the grounds. We then took a walking tour of the grounds. Absolutely relaxing and peaceful The tower was incredible and the bells echoed as we enjoyed the beautiful view. After the tower we toured the estate home which was decorated for the holiday Beautiful home built after WWII the grounds were so wonderful. The staff was incredibly kind and pleasant which enhanced the experience Bok Towers is a must see!
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RascalPup
Orillia
"This excellent attraction is definitely a "MUST SEE" if you are within even an hour or two from this location!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
This attraction features breath-taking gardens and a carillon tower. The grounds are meticulously kept. It is a quiet and serene place that allows you to take your time, relax and enjoy scenery. This attraction is very much worth the travel time it takes to get there and the price of admission. The music emanating from the tower is so soothing and relaxing. It seems to just melt any of your cares away. Although a couple of hours will certainly do to take in an overall feel for this lovely place you could also very easily spend the day if you had the time. If you decide to visit please say Frank and Barb say hi!!
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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.