Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales offers one of the best views in Florida

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 10:50:41-04

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Trying to come up with a few things to do with the family around the holidays?

Why not consider what some say is one of the best views in Central Florida?

Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark in Lake Wales that's open 365 days a year. They have special holiday events through Jan. 8.

The Gothic Revival architecture and beautiful landscape were the vision of Edward W. Bok, who gave the land and structures to the American people in 1929.

The attraction sits on Iron Mountain, at 298 feet one of the highest points in Florida. The 205-foot Singing Tower houses a 60-bell carillon, whose bells can be heard for miles. Concerts from the carillon are held at 1 and 3 p.m. daily.

Surrounding the tower, the gardens, designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, include acres of ferns, palms oaks and pines interspersed with lush and flowering foliage.

If you go:

Where: Bok Tower Gardens is in Lake Wales, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tampa. 

Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. Last admission from the entrance gate is at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop are open from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with limited hours on holidays.

One-day Admission
Combo Admission Adults $20 – Children (5-12) $10
This ticket option includes General Admission and access to a self-guided tour of Pinewood Estate.

General Admission Adults $14 – Children (5-12) $5
This ticket option includes admission to the Gardens, Pine Ridge Nature Trail, Preserve Trail and the Visitor Center complex.

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