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

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Learn the basics of art journaling as you create a few postcards while enjoying beautiful Bok Tower Gardens.

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5 Star Rating

We spent an enjoyable day walking in the gardens, feeding the coi and looking at the tower. They have a nice cafe and gift shop as well. If you can't walk to the tower or if the weather is bad, they... Read Full Review

4 Star Rating

We visited on the last day with the Christmas decorations. It was beautiful! Many paths wind through the gardens. The Tower is a truly magnificent structure and the music is terrific. A must see if... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

Day trip from Orlando about 1hour drive. The tower is one of a kind and the chimes add an air of peacefulness to the entire gardens. The grounds were beautiful even in January. It must be spectacular... Read Full Review

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