I recently had the opportunity to visit Bok Tower Gardens near Lake Wales, Florida. This historic location features several acres of well-maintained gardens, along with a welcome center, museum, cafe, gift shop, and hiking trails. Admission for my visit was provided by Bok Tower Gardens; all opinions shared in this article are my own.
A major highlight of a visit to Bok Tower Gardens is the Singing Tower. This 205 foot tall structure is made of several different materials, and houses a 60 bell carillon with live concerts daily.
The amount of detail in the tower itself is astounding. From the polished brass door on the bottom to the statues adorning the top, from every angle there is something new to see.
Also part of Bok Tower Gardens is Pinewood Estate, with a 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion surrounded by several different types of gardens.
Tours of the house are available, with docents providing information in many of the rooms. Period furnishings make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
All across the grounds you’ll find a variety of details, from beautiful flowers and other landscape displays, to man-made structures and pathways that are art in themselves.
For a photographer, Bok Tower Gardens is a wonderful combination of landscape and architecture allowing for a diverse experience. Not surprisingly, portrait photography using the countless natural and man-made backdrops around the grounds is popular. During my visit, I saw parents taking advantage of capturing great shots of their children as well as someone taking their graduation photos in full cap & gown.
Bok Tower Gardens is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the gardens is $14 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12. A combination ticket including admission inside of Pinewood Estate is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 12. For more details, visit their website.