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Lake Wales, Florida: Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

Opened Feb 1, 1929, a 205-foot-tall rock tower with a 60-bell carillon. Bankrolled by Edward Bok, retired superrich publisher of the Ladies Home Journal. Both he and the Tower's designer died less than a year after it opened.

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL
I-4, East or West: Exit 55, head south on U.S. Highway 27 for 23 miles. Two traffic lights past Eagle Ridge Mall, left on Mountain Lake Cut Off Road. At caution light, turn right (south) onto County Road 17 (Scenic Highway) for 3/4 miles. Turn left (east) onto Burns Avenue (County Road 17-A). Proceed on Burns Avenue for 1.3 miles.
Daily 8-6. Tunes every half-hour, concerts at 1 and 3 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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Bok Tower.

Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

Went today and admission was $20 with the tour, including the mansion. AAA discounted $3. Very close to Spook/ Gravity Hill, so do both.

[Ann Druschel, 08/22/2017]

Singing tower.

Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

Wonderful and worth a stop. The grounds are beautiful and the details of the tower are remarkable. Great little gift shop.

[Mallory Billings, 02/21/2015]

Bok Tower.

Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

Be prepared to spend some time here. There are paths to hike and awesome views of nature.

[Ellen, 03/26/2014]

Bok Tower.

Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

If you've seen all of Bok Tower that photos typically capture, and tend to get camera-happy yourself from time to time, take a drive! Only a handful of locals know about this: The entrance to the gardens is on SR-17, or Burns Ave. If you follow SR-17 East it will curve north into an appropriately named Masterpiece Rd. You'll be driving through open pastureland. Looking west, the tower is breathtaking, especially around dusk. Stay on SR-17! It loops back west and you can see the tower the whole way.

Here's another secret for those following Masterpiece Road: Just before you leave "Old Florida" and get back to civilization, take a left onto Tower Road. It's an orange clay road that cuts through an orange grove that makes travelers will feel like they're back in the 1920s among the first people to see Bok Tower. It's a very cool experience and a rare environment to be in these days.

[Jane Geoh, 08/23/2012]

Bok Singing Tower.

Bok Singing Tower and Gardens

This is a very nice place to visit. Not enough benches, so bring a blanket and a picnic basket and you can enjoy the bells. Disappointing that you cannot go inside the towers, but great gardens, and the tower itself is magnificent.

Thought that the educational area was a lot of fun and learned some new things about Florida and how it has changed over millions of years.

[Brickner3, 07/30/2010]

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