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10 Things to Do at Bok Tower Gardens

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do in Central Florida? We recommend a trip to Bok Tower Gardens. Bok Tower Gardens is a 250 acre garden and bird sanctuary. It is located on Iron Mountain, in Lake Wales, Florida.

The Gardens are home to a stunning 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower, which houses a carillon of 60 bells that chime every half hour.

Whether you are taking your first trip to the gardens, or your 10th, view our list of things to do at Bok Tower Gardens.


10 Things to Do at Bok Tower Gardens

Explore the Gardens

The Gardens themselves are the true highlight of the property. With over 50 acres of lush vegetation, winding pathways, and serene water features, the Gardens offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you are bringing the little ones, definitely don’t skip the children’s garden!

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View from Iron Mountain, Lake Wales, Florida

Take a Guided Tour

Bok Tower Gardens offers guided tours that provide an in-depth look at the history and features of the property. The tours are led by knowledgeable guides who will take you on a leisurely walk through the gardens, pointing out interesting features and telling stories about the property’s rich history.

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Bok Tower Gardens Entrance

Attend a Concert

It wouldn’t be a visit to Bok Tower Gardens if you didn’t hear the carillon bells playing. Each 30 minutes throughout the day, a short selection can be heard throughout the gardens. Each afternoon, a longer concert can be heard. In the summer months, selections are played from historic recordings. However, from October to May, live carillion concerrts are played.

In addition to daily concerts, check Bok Tower Garden’s Event Schedule for additional concerts.

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Carillon (or Singing Tower) at Bok Tower Gardens.

Take a Nature Walk

Bok Tower Gardens has several nature trails that wind through the property. These trails offer an up-close look at the area’s unique flora and fauna and are a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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View of Blue Palmetto Cafe at Bok Tower Gardens.

Enjoy a Picnic

With its lush lawns and tranquil surroundings, Bok Tower Gardens is the perfect place for a picnic. Bok Tower Gardens has picnic areas, no need to bring a blanket or chairs. You can bring your lunch or grab something at the Blue Palmetto Cafe.

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Flower in bloom at Bok Tower Gardens.

Stop in the Visitor Center

The Visitor Center at Bok Tower Gardens houses a gift shop, a café, and an exhibit on the history and significance of the property. It’s a great place to learn more about Bok Tower Gardens and pick up some souvenirs to take home.

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Map near the entrance of Bok Tower Gardens.

Tour El Retiro

El Retiro is a historic 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion located within Bok Tower Gardens. Visitors can take a tour of the estate and learn about its history and architecture. (Note: An additional admission fee is required to tour El Retiro.)

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Display of what is blooming in the gardens at Bok Tower Gardens.

Participate in a Wellness Class

From yoga in the gardens, to chair yoga, to sound healing, Bok Tower Gardens offers several different wellness classes – all surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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Loquats at Bok Tower Gardens.

Go Birdwatching

With over 126 species of birds spotted in the gardens, Bok Tower Gardens is a great spot for birdwatching. Bring your binoculars and a bird identification book, and spend some time exploring the gardens to spot some feathered beauties.

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Ornate details on the carillon at Bok Tower Gardens.

Attend a Seasonal Event

Bok Tower Gardens hosts several seasonal events throughout the year, such as the Holiday Home Tour, Easter Sunrise Service, and Mother’s Day Brunch. These events offer a unique way to experience the Gardens during special times of the year.

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One of many signs throughout Bok Tower Gardens.

Bok Tower Gardens has something for everyone. Whether you want to explore nature, learn about history, or simply relax in a beautiful setting, this Florida gem is definitely worth a visit.

FAQ About Bok Tower Gardens

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Admission is $17 for adults age 12 and older, $5 for kids age 5-12, free for kids under 5.

Q: Where is it located?
A: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Q: What are the hours?
A: Bok Tower Garden hours are 8am to 6pm daily. On Christmas Day the hours are 12pm to 6pm.

Q: Can I go inside the Singing Tower?
A: No, the Singing Tower is a musical instrument that is not open to the public. Bok Tower Gardens Members can sign up for tours to enter the tower.

Q: Are dogs allowed?
A: Leashed dogs are welcome in some areas of Bok Tower Gardens. Dog admission price is $5 daily.