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.
Victoria de Lissovoy and her Jazz Quintet return to the Gardens for a memorable performance of Ballads, Blues & Broadway inside the Visitor Center August 23! Individual concert tickets are $20 ($18 members) or add the dinner option for $20 more. Subscribe to all four series performances for just $65 ($58.50 members) and enjoy a $15 savings!
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!
Join our staff to learn about the seasonal blooms in the garden, new conservation projects, migrating and nesting birds and animals, and natural Florida habitats.
Leashed and friendly dogs are invited for this special day with activities including dog health & safety information and adoptions. Dog admission: $5 each, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Polk County. Regular human rates apply.
Join us for the final Live at the Gardens! performance of the summer as husband & wife duo Daniel Strange, piano, and Ashley Liberty, violin present a Musical Snapshot for your listening enjoyment inside the Visitor Center September 13. Individual concert tickets are $20 ($18 members) or add the dinner option for $20 more. Subscribe to all four series performances for just $65 ($58.50 members) and enjoy a $15 savings!
Anton Brees left a legacy of contributions to the carillon world. Join us as we celebrate the birthday of the Singing Tower’s first carillonneur with special concerts commemorating his accomplishments.
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.
We’re opening our garden gates for free to Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket holders to encourage visitation to cultural institutions.
Celebrate our fifth 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.