National historic landmark, featuring majestic bell tower, daily carillon concerts, children's garden, outdoor kitchen and edible garden, and Pinewood Estate.

Top Vacation Spot for Nature Lovers Planning a Central Florida Vacation

No Central Florida vacation would be complete without a trip to historic Bok Tower Gardens, where you can rest your body and rejuvenate your spirit in a spot of beauty second to none in the country. Located in Lake Wales among Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus, this must see historic gem has been inspiring visitors for more than 80 years.

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150-Acre Garden for the Entire Family

Nature lovers can explore the lush and meticulously landscaped gardens of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., and enjoy seasonal bursts of color among more than 150-acres of native, exotic and endangered flora and fauna. The centerpiece of the Gardens is the majestic 60-bell, 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, featuring daily bell concerts at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Live concerts are scheduled seasonally from mid-October through mid-May.

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Hammock Hollow Children's Garden

Bok Tower Gardens is also home to Hammock Hollow, a kid-friendly Garden divided into zones based primarily on existing vegetation, landform and microclimate. Featuring almost three acres of nature play, Hammock Hollow teaches conservation and the vital connection between animals, plants, and people. There is beautiful art, cooling water features, vibrant plantings, a boardwalk, a stage for little performers, and music area. Kids have things to climb on, under and through, as well as places to build, dig and create. 

Hammock Hollow Children's Garden is a must see for families staying at LEGOLAND Florida Resort during their Central Florida vacation. 

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Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden​

The Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden at Bok Tower Gardens offers a modern design in harmony with the landscape and allows guests to enjoy a celebration of fresh food and culinary programming.

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While you're there, don't miss out on the daily tours of the 20-room Mediterranean style mansion, Pinewood Estate. After you've worked up an appetite, visit the Blue Palmetto Cafe for delicious farm-fresh food. Finish off your day with a stop in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop for unique gifts and plants for sale.

For even more things to do, stop in the Visitor's Center to learn about the area's diverse history, and pick up maps to the gardens, including the Pine Ridge Nature Trail and Preserve Trail.

Drawn to Central Florida

The third stop on our Drawn to Central Florida social media campaign tour, was Bok Tower Gardens. Lakeland artist, Josh "Bump" Galletta, describes his experience at the attraction and sketches the tower. 

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You may also be interested in Lake Wales Museum & Cultural CenterPolk State Lake Wales Arts Center, or Crazy Fish Bar and Grill.

Address / Location

1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853
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Hours of Operation

Daily 8:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Dinner featuring the Edible Garden’s freshest spring produce prepared by World Food Championship’s Chef Amy Freeze.

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5 Star Rating

We had put this visit off for a couple of years now we are annual members and plan to visit several times every year. We were able to convert our daily admission to an annual membership which gives... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

We had a 2 for 1 price ticket so it was reasonable. The towers stonework is exquisite. The gardens are nice and we'll kept. We had a guided tour and our guide was pretty well informed. The tower is... Read Full Review

4 Star Rating

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon here. Our guide, Sarah, was humorous and knowledgeable. The gardens were past their prime, but the walk was great and we enjoyed the carillon concert. There could have... Read Full Review

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