Bok Tower Gardens
Hailed by many to be one of the finest in the country, Bok Tower
Gardens began in 1921 and were turned over to the public in 1929.
The site for the garden was chosen because it sits atop the highest
point in Florida, 298 feet above sea level. Edward Bok wanted a garden
that would protect the hilltop and serve as a bird sanctuary. He hired
the famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead,
(New York's Central Park), to change the site to a "place of beauty."
One feature of this garden that stands above the rest, pardon the pun,
is the 205' tall singing tower. Its houses a 60-bell carillon.
A carillon is a set of copper bells that are played by a keyboard.
The Bok Tower sings every day at 3pm and fills the garden with
the rich sound of serenity, enhancing the physical beauty that is
The grounds themselves consist of 200 acres, 157 of those were designed
by Olmstead. The trails and paths work their way through peaceful woodlands
filled with wildlife and lead visitors to epic views. Aside from the
Tower, another sight that cannot be missed is the dramatic sunsets
that bathe the grounds in rich golden and red hues.
From December 1-31, at 3pm, the gardens will have Seasonal Carillon Music.
Where visitors will enjoy their favorite holiday sounds ringing from
the Tower. In addition to the daily sounds the garden offers a
"Songs of the Season" recital, as well as a Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day Program that are truly exceptional.
- Address1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Fl 33853
- Hours of Operation: 8am-6pm (7days a week)
- Admission: $6.00/2.00 (adults/children) Saturday admission FREE
- Contact information: (863)676.1408