The Historic Bok Sanctuary
May 25, 2003
|At A Glance
||128 acres of gardens, pools and nature trails. Admission
charged $6.00 adults; $2 children (5-12) under 5's free.
Open daily from 08:00 AM - 18:00 (Last Admission 17:00).
Tel (863) 676-1408.
The Historic Bok Sanctuary (formerly Bok Tower Gardens) is
a large park of gardens and nature trails located approximately
15-mins south of Cypress Gardens at Lake Wales. Seasonal colourful
displays are provided by Azaleas and Magnolias, whilst animal
lovers will find plenty of Squirels, Ducks and Quail.
Surrounded by pools and winding pathways, the Singing Tower
is a 205 foot stone and marble tower containing 60 bronze
bells, which chime every half hour. A 45 minute carillon recital
occurs daily at 3:00 PM.
The Historic Bok Sanctuary is located on top of the highest
point in the Floridian Peninsula, "Iron Mountain"
at 298 metres above sea level.
The Historic Bok Sanctuary was dedicated to the American
people in 1929 as a gift from publisher and author Edward
W. Bok. Bok, a Dutch immigrant, was inspired to develop the
Gardens and Tower by the words of his grandmother: "...Make
you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have
lived in it.". The name was changed in August 2002 from "Bok
Tower Gardens" to "The Historic Bok Sanctuary"
Bok enlisted the aid of Landscape Architect Frederick Law
Olmsted, Jr. for the grounds and Architect Milton B. Medary
for the tower. In 1922 Bok bought the first of the several
parcels of land which now comprise the 157 acre garden.
The bell tower, built of marble from Georgia and coquina
rock from Florida, is 205 feet high. The tower supports the
Carillon, a gigantic instrument using 60 tuned bronze bells
which are played from a keyboard.
According to Bok, the purpose of it all is simply to share
the influence of beauty reaching out to visitors through trees,
shrubs, flowers, birds, the superb architecture of the tower
and the music of the carillon; a restful, quiet, beautiful
The Historic Bok Sanctuary is a great place to unwind and
relax, and although it doesn't have the thrill-rides of some
of central Floridas theme parks, there's still plenty to keep
The Historic Bok Sanctuary is located at 1151 Tower Boulevard,
Lake Wales, FL 33853. For more information contact (863) 676-1408
or visit the official Historic
Bok Sanctuary web site.