Bok Tower Lake Wales
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales consists of some 150 acres of manicured gardens offering numerous winding trails through rare and native plants and trees. In the center of the lush gardens stands a 205 foot tower built in 1929 by Edward W. Bok, a Dutch immigrant.
A carillon is a musical instrument composed of bronze bells which are played from a baton keyboard. The bells are played at regularly scheduled concerts and their music can be heard throughout the garden.
Mr. Bok wanted to create a sanctuary for what he called “the tired little singers of the sky. Windows by the Pond, a small cabin with a huge picture window overlooking a small pond, affords a good look at local wood ducks, cardinals, and Red-wing blackbirds. Be sure to watch on the drive in for wild turkeys and gopher tortoises. 126 species of birds have recorded on the site.
While onsite be sure to visit the Pinewood Estate, a 12,700 square foot, 20-room mansion.
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