|Bok Tower Gardens|
While in Lake Wales, visit Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, located just north of Lake Wales on the Florida peninsula's highest point. The gift of publisher and author Edward W. Bok, a Dutch immigrant, the gardens and Tower were Mr. Bok’s gift of gratitude for the opportunities he’d been given as an American. The words of his grandmother were the inspiration of the Sanctuary, “Make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you’ve lived in it.”
The majestic bell tower, a visual centerpiece of a historic Olmsted-designed landscape garden, houses one of the world's great carillons. Sixty bronze bells, ranging in weight from 17 pounds to nearly 24,000 pounds, fill the garden with beautiful carillon music with concerts daily at 1 and 3 p.m. as well as brief recordings throughout the day.
Pinewood Estate is a classic 20-room Mediterranean Revival winter estate that offers walking tours. For availability and rates, inquire in the Visitor Center upon arrival. Along with museum-quality exhibits in the Visitor Center, visitors to Bok Tower Gardens may enjoy the Pine Ridge Nature Preserve Trail, Window by the Pond nature observatory, guided garden walks (seasonally), and a panoramic view from Iron Mountain located 298 feet above sea level. The Carillon Cafe offers lunch and refreshments and the Tower & Garden Gift Shop showcase unique museum-quality gifts.
Special events include daily carillon concerts, seasonal guided tours, moonlight recitals, Easter Sunrise service, Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour and other holiday programs, the International Carillon Festival, Garden Campus lectures and workshops and much more. This National Historic Landmark is located three miles north of Lake Wales off C.R. 17A (Burns Avenue), and is open to the public every day of the year, with admission from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.