Bok Tower Gardens
National historic landmark, featuring majestic bell tower, daily carillon concerts, children's garden, outdoor kitchen and edible garden, and Pinewood Estate.
A Must See 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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Blog Post & Sketch Video