Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with last admission at 5:00 p.m. (the Gardens open at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Cafe, and Shop at Bok are open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Daily admission

Tickets include:
Single-day admission to select Garden areas and the 3.5-mile Pine Ridge Preserve hiking trail. Access to Garden areas is subject to change without notice.
Adult admission is $15, Children (ages 5-12) $5, children under 5 are free, Dogs are $5. Reciprocal admission for participating gardens and cultural institutions will be offered. For your convenience, tickets are available online and onsite. Any advance tickets purchased will be granted admission.

Purchase Gardens Admission

Visitors are required to have a cloth mask or face covering when visiting the Gardens. All visitors are required to have a mask and it must be worn upon arrival at the Entrance Gate, in the Visitor Center Complex (both exterior and interior spaces), while interacting with Bok Tower Gardens Staff or when inside interior spaces. We do not require masks for individuals with health conditions or children under 2. We are closely watching CDC guidelines and will make changes based on the information available. If the policy is amended, the information will be posted here. Our staff has been trained to work with families that need additional assistance.

We are not requiring visitors to use masks or face coverings while in outdoor spaces when physical distancing can be achieved. We highly encourage all visitors to respect our team and others by participating in this safety measure. The Bok Tower Gardens staff is required to wear masks while in public areas or when in close proximity to visitors. We also request visitors to bring hand sanitizer, bottled water, and snacks.

Please scroll down for a full list of what to expect.

Military Admission

Active duty military with proper I.D., including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, receive free Gardens general admission every day of the year, with up to four additional friends and family members admitted at half-price. Retired military are admitted at regular price, but are admitted free of charge on the following holidays: Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Armed Forces Day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

We are living in a time of great uncertainty and our daily operations have changed to accommodate physical distancing and safety procedures. Please scroll down for a complete list of questions.

Planning Your Visit During the Pandemic
We are opening the Gardens with your safety as our greatest priority.

Pinewood Estate Historic Tours are not available; however, visitors may enjoy the exterior gardens of Pinewood Estate. Shuttle Service to the Tower and Pinewood Estate is also not available.

You are permitted to bring in outside food and beverage but encouraged to use a blanket in our picnic areas. Water fountains will not be available. You may bring in water bottles or purchase at The Blue Palmetto Cafe.

Visitors have two options for ordering from the Blue Palmetto Café. Visitors may Order Online or place an order in person. Indoor seating is available at the Blue Palmetto Cafe in compliance with State of Florida guidelines. The Shop at Bok is open.

The Shop at Bok is open or visitors can shop online.

Prohibited Items
Firearms and weapons are strictly prohibited at Bok Tower Gardens. This includes knives, guns, martial arts weapons, and any other object that is used as a weapon. Glitter, balloons, confetti, and other photo props are also prohibited and all photography sessions must remain on paths. Smoking and vaping are not permitted at Bok Tower Gardens.

Temporary Visitor Guidelines:
Consider visiting another day should you not feel well or have symptoms of COVID-19. Practice social distancing by staying six feet apart from others. Use every day preventive measures (e.g. wash hands, cover coughs, etc.). Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged for indoor areas. All visitors are asked to use a cloth face covering when interacting with the Bok Tower Gardens staff.

Become A Member
Membership to the Gardens supports our mission and provides you with admission benefits and more. You can also apply the daily admission fee towards a membership. Membership can be purchased online.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Tickets for admission, programs and special events are transferable and non-refundable. Seating is available on a first–come, first-served, self-seating basis. Outside food, drinks, coolers and chairs are welcome for picnicking and outdoor events.

Is the Singing Tower open for visitors?

Sustainer level members are invited to Founder’s Room tours and Tower level members are invited to tour the entire Singing Tower. Since there is only one door that is used for both entering the exiting, safety regulations prohibit daily public tours of the Tower.

What is your photography and drone policy?

Bok Tower Gardens is a no drone zone. Due to strong safety concerns and protection of our National Historic Landmark, drone flight or photography (or flight of unmanned, and/or remote controlled aircraft of any kind) originating from or flying over Bok Tower Gardens property, is strictly prohibited, except in collaboration with Bok Tower Gardens’ Marketing Department and with express written permission.

We encourage our visitors to make the most of the day by bringing a camera to take photos. Photography is allowed in all areas of the Gardens during regular operating hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission at 5 p.m. Visitor, artistic and portrait photography is permitted anywhere on the grounds for personal, non-commercial use. Any parties who wish to take personal, non-commercial photography for bridal, wedding, engagement, birthday, reunion, or family portraits by professional photographers on the grounds of Bok Tower Gardens may do so with regular paid admission. Portrait photography may not block, disrupt or hinder visitor access or circulation of paths and walkways. Glitter, confetti and balloons are prohibited.

If you are interested in commercial photography, please contact Rita Horton at 863.734.1214 or email

What is the price of admission? What are your hours?

Bok Tower Gardens is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last admission at 5 p.m. Rates subject to change without notice.

  • Adults: $15
  • Children (ages 5-12): $5
  • Children (under 5): Free
  • Members: Free

Group rates are available with pre-registration of 20 or more.

How do I get to the Gardens?

From Orlando, take I-4 West
From Tampa, Take I-4 East
Proceed on I-4 to Exit 55. Take Exit 55 and proceed south on U.S. Highway 27 for approximately 23 miles. Proceed two traffic lights past Eagle Ridge Mall. Turn left on Mountain Lake Cut Off Road. At the stop sign, turn right (south) onto County Road 17 (also known as Scenic Highway). Proceed on CR 17 for 3/4 miles. Turn left (east) onto Burns Avenue (also known as County Road 17-A). Proceed on Burns Avenue for 1.3 miles. On your left you’ll see a main entrance sign to Bok Tower Gardens. Turn left and proceed to the entrance gate.

From Highway 60 East or West:
Go to Lake Wales and proceed north on U.S. Highway 27. Turn right on Mountain Lake Cutoff Road. At the stop sign, turn right (south) onto County Road 17 (also known as Scenic Highway). Proceed on CR 17 for 3/4 miles. Turn left (east) onto Burns Avenue (also known as County Road 17-A). Proceed on Burns Avenue for 1.3 miles. On your left you’ll see a main entrance sign to Bok Tower Gardens. Turn left and proceed to the entrance gate.

From Vero Beach, Take Highway 60 West:
Go to Lake Wales. At Buck Moore Road (the intersection just past WalMart), turn North (right) onto Buck Moore Road (also known as 17-B). Turn between SunTrust and Walgreen’s. Proceed approximately 1.3 miles. At the stop light, turn West (left) onto County Road 17-A (also called Burns Ave.). Proceed on CR 17-A approximately .7 mile to the entrance of Bok Tower Gardens on your right.

Do you allow weddings at the Gardens?

Yes, Bok Tower Gardens is a popular wedding site and is listed in “100 Best U.S. Wedding Destinations. You may find more information on our Weddings page. Please contact

Do you have wheelchairs or mobility carts available? Can I reserve one?

We highly encourage our visitors to bring their own wheelchair or mobility cart to the Gardens, if needed. We have several mobility carts for rent for $10 per hour, $30 per half day and $60 for a full day. Mobility carts are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrangements are made at The Shop at Bok. Wheelchairs are available free of charge.

When can I hear the bells?

The current carillon schedule features live performances by carillonneur Geert D’hollander on Thursday – Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. and recordings from the Anton Brees Carillon Library collection for the remainder of the week. Visitors can hear clock music selections at 8:30 a.m. and every half-hour following.

Can you recommend nearby accommodations?

Yes, we have several partner accommodations listed for those visiting Central Florida.

Do you have a place that sells lunch and snacks on property?

Yes, the Blue Palmetto Café features a wide assortment of lunch and snack selections. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, the Blue Palmetto Café is located near the Visitor Center and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Do you offer fun activities for children?

Yes.Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden offers fun ways for children to discover the natural world.

Which credit cards do you accept?

Bok Tower Gardens accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

I am interested in booking a group. Who do I need to speak to?

Please email our Group Sales Representative at or call (863) 734-1222.

Are the paths easily accessible by wheelchair, walker or electric cart?

Bok Tower Gardens is committed to making the garden experience accessible to all who visit, and we are working to make our facilities and grounds more accessible. However, due to the historic nature of the gardens, some areas may present challenges to persons with disabilities. Most areas are accessible. The incline leading up to the Tower is paved and most of the pathways are mulched.

What is the famous quote attributed to Mr. Bok?

“Make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it.” Originally, these were the words of Mr. Bok’s grandmother, but were adopted by Edward Bok.

Do you allow dogs in the gardens?

Enjoy a stroll this summer with your four-legged friend. Admission for dogs is $5 per animal per day. All dogs must remain on a leash during their visit and will not be permitted inside Hammock Hollow, Pinewood Estate, the Blue Palmetto Cafe or the Shop at Bok.

Family Memberships and above include free admission for pups! Listed below are guidelines that must be followed at all times for this dog friendly summer:

• All dogs must be dog-friendly, adult friendly and child friendly.

• All dogs must be on a 6-foot or shorter leash. For safety reasons, retractable leashes are not permitted and dogs must not be left unattended.

• Dog owners/handlers MUST pick up and properly dispose of their dogs’ waste.

• Dogs are not permitted in Hammock Hollow, Alexander Discovery Center, Pinewood Estate, The Shop at Bok, The Blue Palmetto Café or other posted areas or at ticketed special events, weddings and receptions.

• Dogs must remain on paths and lawns only. Do not allow your dog to dig, enter ponds or engage in excessive barking.

*Bok Tower Gardens reserves the right to revoke admission for any dog and its owner from the premises. Owners/Handlers will not hold Bok Tower Gardens and/or any associated parties responsible for any injury and/or incidents that may occur.

Do you allow picnics?

Yes, we have designated picnic areas with benches for your enjoyment. They are located just off the main parking area. The south picnic area is located on the south side of the parking area and features picnic-style tables and benches with some shade. It is adjacent to some popular family-friendly garden enhancements. The west picnic area is located on the west side of the parking area near the Visitor Center. It features picnic-style tables and benches in a shaded area. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments or purchase them at the Blue Palmetto Café which is located near the Visitor Center.

Is the historic mansion open for tours?

Pinewood Estate is closed until further notice.

Can I bring my class to Bok Tower Gardens?

Yes, we encourage school groups to make reservations to visit. Check out our Education pages for program information and contact.

Is there a shuttle on property?

Due to the pandemic, shuttle service is not available.

Can I feed the squirrels?

For the safety of visitors and the well-being of wildlife in their natural surrounding, we ask you not to feed the squirrels. When visitors feed the squirrels, they tend to become increasingly aggressive, always expecting a treat.

How long does it take to walk the Gardens?

To fully enjoy the true essence of the Gardens through its many experiences – a historic Olmsted landscape garden, the majesty and music of the Singing Tower carillon, Pinewood Estate mansion tour, the museum exhibits, café, gift shop and more – we recommend that you plan a minimum of three to four hours. Many visitors comment they wish they would have allowed more time in their schedule for a longer stay.

Can Bok Tower Gardens provide sponsorship for our event or fundraiser?

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Bok Tower Gardens is unable to provide financial sponsorships or program advertising in support of fundraising events. However, we may be able to provide ticket donations to your event. Ticket donation requests must be made through email or fax, and received by the Gardens a minimum of six weeks prior to the event in order to allow sufficient time for review and processing. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we can not guarantee full consideration of a request that is submitted with less time. While each request receives careful consideration, we regret that we are unable to accommodate all organizations that ask for our assistance. Please email requests to or fax to 863.676.6670 (Attn: Receptionist; Ticket Donations)

Do you allow drones in or near the gardens?

Bok Tower Gardens is a no drone zone. Due to strong safety concerns and protection of our National Historic Landmark, drone flight or photography (or flight of unmanned, and/or remote controlled aircraft of any kind) originating from or flying over Bok Tower Gardens property, is strictly prohibited, except in collaboration with Bok Tower Gardens’ Marketing Department and with express written permission.