Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus in beautiful Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida's first attractions and best-kept secrets. Dedicated in 1929, this National Historic Landmark was a gift from Dutch immigrant Edward W. Bok, Pulitzer-prize winning author and world peace advocate.
Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines fashion a lush backdrop for seasonal bursts of color. At its center stands a 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic “Singing Tower,” an architectural treasure housing a 60-bell carillon that rings every half hour and during daily concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Also on property is Pinewood Estate, a 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion open for self-guided tours.
This "must-see" attraction is open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit www.BokTowerGardens.org.
About Our Collections
Housed in the "Singing Tower" the Chao Research Center, located on the 2nd floor, contains institutional realted archival materials relative to the Bok family, historic Bok Sanctuary, Bok Tower, Pinewood Estate and other properties.
The Anton Brees Carillon Library, on the 5th level, contains a unique collection of materials of, about and for carillon music such as books, music scores, literature, and works of art.
About Our Digital Collections
As a small operation, we are slowly building our digital archive based on incoming requests and research trends. Should you be interested in a specific collection, please contact the Librarian about its availability (email@example.com).