Florida Backroads: Bok Tower Gardens

bok tower gardens, florida, lake wales, Edward  W Bok, carillon, singing towerIf there was a way I could LIVE in Bok Tower Gardens, believe me I would! I’ve written a blog post plus photos a few years ago about Bok Tower Gardens. Bok is located in a semi small town in Florida called Lake Wales. To give you some perspective, Lake Wales is about 35 minutes south of the intersections of Interstate 4 and U.S. Highway 27. To further that, it’d be about 45 minutes to an hour (+/-) from Walt Disney World.

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My Florida Backroads project is all about the natural beauty of Florida or history / heritage, hence, Bok Tower Gardens fits in because – – – it was built by Edward W. Bok – an immigrant from The Netherlands – back in 1929. Mr. Bok’s purpose in creating this beautiful place was to say thanks to the American people for welcoming he and his family when they came from their homeland and treated them so well. So ya’ see, there’s not only real history here that connects to Florida, Bok Tower Gardens is also a ‘Florida Backroad’ or escape from the stress and anxiety of day to day life. Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark as well. Edward Bok also constructed a giant “Singing Tower” encasing a 60 bell Carillon. The Carillon still gets played daily giving visitors a free concert they can enjoy with a picnic lunch on provided benches or on a blanket spread on the lavish and extensive grounds.

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The photos I’ve captured within the post are nice (if I do say so myself LOL). But …

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…no mater how many times I’ve tried, the majesty and sheer size of the tower itself can’t do justice or compete to the standing or sitting in front of the real thing. So y’all just have to make a trip Bok Tower Gardens (and not, I’m not on commission to say or advertise the place <wink>).

Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, FL, 33853, ph – 863 676 1408.

Peace – Mike T.