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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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Carillon Classic 5K Run/Walk

May 02, 2015
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.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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National Public Gardens Day at Bok Tower Gardens

May 08, 2015
This national event is designed to raise awareness about the role America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship. Sign up for a FREE ADMISSION COUPON to visit Bok Tower Gardens on Friday, May 8, 2015. Your Bok Tower Gardens membership also allows you into other participating gardens throughout the nation.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Mother’s Day at the Gardens w/Plant Sale May 9-10

May 09, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Free admission is offered to all mothers on Mother's Day! Treat Mom to a beautiful day at the Gardens with live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. and special menu selections in the Blue Palmetto Café. Shop our huge two-day Plant Sale on Saturday & Sunday! Our Mother’s Day Plant Sale takes place Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Plant Shop behind the Tower & Garden Gift Shop. The Gardens will be open FREE to all mothers on May 10 only. Discounted plants featured during this year’s sale will be announced soon. Members will receive a 10% discount on all purchases. Be sure to stop in the Blue Palmetto Café on ...Read More>> ay 10 and purchase our special Mother’s Day lunch! Read Less
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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Lunch & Learn: Container Gardening Basics

May 13, 2015
Container gardening adds impact to your landscape and keeps extra work to a minimum. Unique colors, textures and shapes can yield eye-catching displays while remaining sustainable and water efficient. 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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Armed Forces Day Carillon Concerts

May 16, 2015
Honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives to preserve our freedom. Free admission offered to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID. Carillon concerts feature patriotic musical selections.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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National Endangered Species Day

May 16, 2015
Join Rare Plant Curator Glen Bupp on a walk through the Pine Ridge Preserve and National Collection Beds, home to over 30 species of endangered Florida plants. Learn about our rare sandhill ecosystem and take photos in an area of the Gardens typically closed off to visitors. Included with general Gardens admission.
http://www.boktowergardens.org

info@boktower.org

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