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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. The meandering garden pathways are lined with ferns, palms, oaks, and pines that fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage and seasonal color of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias. As a designated site on the Great Florida Birding Trail, hummingbirds, painted buntings, owls, and other birds are found flying through the live oak canopy. At the center of the beautiful landscaped gardens sits the highlight, and namesake, of this attraction - the majestic, 205-foot tall Singing Tower carillon. This architectural wonder fills the air with the music of the carillon bells during daily concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. Visitors are swept back in time as they tour Pinewood Estate, the winter retreat of Bethlehem Steel executive C. Austin Buck. Daily tours allow visitors to learn about the home's history and get an up-close look at the trappings of a luxurious lifestyle. Winding through natural Florida ecosystems are the Pine Ridge Trail and Preserve Trail. The habitat found here once covered millions of acres across the southeastern United States, but is now in danger of disappearing. Fortunately, we have been able to preserve these lands for you to explore and learn about the rare and endangered plants and animals living here. The Visitor Center features a museum with permanent exhibits that provide insight and historical perspectives on Edward W. Bok's life and influence, as well as the Singing Tower and Gardens. Relax over breakfast, lunch or a snack in the Blue Palmetto Café, and stop in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop for a unique treasure to commemorate your visit to this National Historic Landmark.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Half day,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email programs@boktower.org, Group Sales Phone Number 863-734-1222,

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“A Garden of Plenty” Art Exhibit by Taylor Ikin

Now - April 16, 2015
A true love of nature leaps off Taylor Ikin's synthetic painting surface called YUPO, a tree-free paper that is the basis of her nature-based artwork. Described by critics as heartfelt and empathetic, Taylor's paintings incorporate the wonder and beauty of the natural world and will on display in the Visitor Center through April 16, 2015.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Founder’s Day Weekend

January 31, 2015 - February 01, 2015
Join us on Founder's Day Weekend January 31 and February 1 for an opportunity to cross the moat surrounding the Singing Tower for a closer look at the Great Brass Door. Carillonneur Geert D'hollander performs special concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. during which time the moat will close. Included with general Gardens admission.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Moonlight Carillon Concert

February 02, 2015
Enjoy a carillon concert under the light of a full moon, a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after-hours. Opt to have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Cafe before the concert, for an additional fee. $5/person; free for members.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Lunch & Learn: Plan and Prep Your Garden

February 11, 2015
Learn how to plan and prep your garden for our unique Florida climate. Bring your lunch or purchase one from the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Session takes place in the Magnolia Room inside the Visitor Center. Included with general Gardens admission.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Valentine’s Dinner: An Evening of Vintage Charm

February 15, 2015
Be one of the lucky couples to enjoy a romantic evening at the 1930s Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate during this exclusive Valentine's Day dinner. Space is limited; reservations are required. For more information, call 863.734.1222.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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