This exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation, and magical spring-fed waters. Rich in images, Finding the Fountain of Youth shows how the myths surrounding the discovery of “La Florida” influenced perceptions of the state that still echo today.

Members Only: Shoptember Spree

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Show your Bok Tower Gardens membership card to receive a 20% discount in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop and the Blue Palmetto Cafe throughout the entire month of September!

Take a Child Outside Week!

September 24, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Participate in this national program to help children discover nature through outdoor play. All children 12 and under receive free admission.

National Public Lands Day

September 27, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Increase your awareness and knowledge about the beauty and mystery of the Lake Wales Ridge with a short film in the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and a guided trail tour at 11 a.m. Included with admission.

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 27, 2014,

We’re opening our garden gates for free to Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket holders to encourage visitation to cultural institutions.

Fall Film Series: Dolphins

September 28, 2014, 3:30 pm,

Join us for a showing of MacGillivray Freeman’s film, “Dolphins,” in our Visitor Center Theater. Included with admission.

National Parks of America Tour-Trip Preview!

September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm,

Join us in the Visitor Center’s Magnolia Room on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. to hear about the exciting opportunity to join other Gardens members on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon and more. Tour scheduled May 23-June 3, 2015. Preview seating limited, reservations requested at 863.734.1222.

Nature Walk with Dr. Paul Fellers

October 3, 2014, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Respected naturalist Dr. Paul Fellers leads a morning walk showcasing wildflowers, birds, and native plants of the Lake Wales Ridge. Don’t forget your binoculars! Sunscreen, bug spray and close-toed shoes recommended. Tour meets at the Visitor Center. Included with admission.

Edward Bok’s Birthday Carillon Concerts

October 9, 2014, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Commemorate the life of Edward Bok during special carillon concerts featuring some of his favorite music. Included with admission.

Boktoberfest Plant Sale

October 18, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate our sixth annual plant sale with free admission to the Gardens, featuring more than 40 plant vendors from around Florida, live entertainment, German food, craft beers, children’s activities, live carillon music, and guest garden speakers ready to help you kick off the Florida planting season with great gardening tips.

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