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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.

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  • Disabled Traveler Information
  • Disability Accessible
  • Handicapped Parking
  • Scooter/Wheelchair Rentals
  • Policies
  • Meeting/Tour groups welcome
  • Guest Information
  • Family Friendly

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Easter Sunrise Service

April 20, 2014
A longstanding tradition, Easter morning worshippers are offered free admission from 6–8 a.m. to experience a magical sunrise service with full choir, brass ensemble, live carillon performances, and inspirational Easter message delivered by local clergy. A buffet breakfast will be served in the Blue Palmetto Café following, for an additional fee. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
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Concert Under the Stars

April 26, 2014 - April 27, 2014
The Gardens’ premier outdoor live music event! Concert Under the Stars features annually-changing blue-jazz, pop-grass performances for all ages in a unique festival atmosphere. This year’s concert includes progressive American folk rock and “newgrass” band, The Greencards. Advance: $20 adults. $8 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. Day of: $25 per person. $10 children ages 5-12. Tickets include all-day admission. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

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Carillon Classic 5K Run/Walk

May 03, 2014
May 3 - Carillon Classic 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. The sounds of the carillon fill the air as runners conquer Iron Mountain on this 3.1-mile trail-like course with a challenging terrain of hills and mulch. This is Bok Tower Gardens’ signature run, presented in partnership with the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Proceeds from the Carillon Classic 5K will benefit a local charity. To register, visit www.fprapolk.org.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

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Harmonious Fare “Cinco de Mayo”

May 04, 2014
May 4 - Harmonious Fare “Cinco de Mayo” at 7 p.m. This second annual event is a Mexican fiesta as Latin-themed music plays on the Singing Tower carillon at sunset atop Iron Mountain. Enjoy delicious food and drinks from vendors paired with the evening’s musical theme, for an additional fee. $5 per person. Free for members. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Mother’s Day Concerts & Plant Sale

May 11, 2014
May 11 - Mother’s Day Concerts & Plant Sale Celebrate with free admission for all mothers. The Plant Shop will be holding a plant sale, with carillon concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. Included with admission. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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