We had the absolute pleasure of visiting Bok Tower Gardens on Tuesday (August 11, 2015). What an amazing experience!!
My family and I set out for our destination in the afternoon and we found the drive quite nice. Upon arrival we were really impressed with the size of this National Historic Landmark and noticed that there was some major construction going on.
We were greeted by some very sweet ladies in the Visitor Center that volunteer and they filled us in on what we really needed to see. There was a chance of rain, and we only had about 3 hours to see as much as we could – we will definitely arrive earlier on our next visit to be able to take our time walking around all of the gardens, ponds and pathways. We were also informed on the many changes that were taking place.
While still in the Visitor Center, we watched about a 9 minute film that covered everything about Bok Tower Gardens. We learned all about Mr. Edward W. Bok who created this magnificent 50-acre garden and how he loved making it available for everyone to enjoy.
After finishing that, we headed outside to walk to the Pinewood Estate. This estate was purchased by Bok Tower Gardens in 1970 and was originally owned and built by Charles Austin Buck. The Mediterranean-styled home included beautiful molded and carved cypress wood doors, Cuban tiles and wonderful gardens outside.
We had a nice time listening to the women volunteers sharing stories and giving information about the home and the family that lived there. We heard that it is a great place to come back and visit during the holidays too, as it is decorated and ready to be seen the day after Thanksgiving.
We walked over to see The Singing Tower and listened to its beautiful music. The 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco structure is so grand! We definitely wished that the rain had held off a little longer so that we could just sit and take in the beauty.
As the rain came down harder, we strolled back towards the entrance. We snapped some photos of The Blue Palmetto Cafe and thought it looked like the perfect spot to grab lunch. We stopped back at the Visitor Center and toured the exhibits in the museum area and then left.
This drive is not that far from the Orlando area, and we feel that everyone should visit this tranquil, amazing place. We loved it so much and will plan on returning!
Visit boktowergardens.org for more information.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for this experience. All opinions are our own.