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Giant Summer Adventure: Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

Posted at 11:46 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 11:54:37-04

LAKE WALES, Fla. — Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is one of Florida's best-kept secrets.

This road trip destination is a National Historic Landmark and is open 365 days a year.

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.

Bok Tower Gardens is about 90 minutes from Tampa. Adult admission is $15, Children (ages 5-12) $5, children under 5 are free and dogs are $5.

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