Bok Tower Gardens is a historic landmark near Lake Wales in Florida. The site features not only perfectly landscaped gardens, but a bird sanctuary and scenic walking trails. It also features the Singing Tower with its carillon bells, the Pinewood Estate, plus a visitor center with a cafe, gift shop, and rotating art exhibitions.
The gardens, which were designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Junior, span some 250 acres, they’re immaculately kept and home to a colorful array of plant and animal life. At the center of the gardens sits the grand 60-bell Singing Tower, which hosts bell concerts twice each afternoon.
Elsewhere in the grounds there are daily tours around the 20 rooms of the Pinewood Estate house – a majestic, 1930s, Mediterranean-style mansion. There’s also ample opportunity for keen walkers to indulge in hikes along both the Pine Ridge Nature Trail and Preserve Trail.
Bok Tower Gardens is open from 8am until 6pm, with last entry at 5pm. The Visitor Center is open from 9am until 5pm, and the Singing Tower carillon concerts commence at 1pm and 3pm daily.