Admission & FAQs

Admission & FAQs

Daily admission

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.

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, general admission tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the Entrance Gate or in advance with online ticketing link below. All special event and educational program tickets (with the exception of Brunch in the Gardens) include general admission for the day.

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.

Purchase General Admission

Purchase Special Event/Educational Program Tickets

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 see frequently asked questions below.

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.

Are cloth masks or face covering required?

Visitors are required to have a mask or cloth face covering when visiting the Gardens. Masks are required and must be worn in all interior spaces and when interacting with our team members. 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.

Do we need to practice physical distancing while in the Gardens?

Yes, physical distancing of at least 6 feet between visitors is required while visiting the Gardens. Our staff will also be following these guidelines and have been instructed to be at least 6 feet away from visitors at all times.

What areas of the Gardens are closed?

The historic tours of Pinewood Estate and the home’s interior will not be available; however, visitors can enjoy the exterior of the home and the beautiful gardens. The Visitor Center and Chao Exhibit Hall are open. For the protection of others and our team, please wear a mask while inside buildings and bathrooms. Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden is open.

How are you cleaning and sanitizing surfaces?

Our Facilities team will be cleaning and sanitizing high touch surfaces on a regular basis, using an EPA registered disinfectant. There will also be hand sanitizer located at various locations throughout the Gardens.

Is the historic mansion open for tours?

Pinewood Estate is closed until further notice.

Is there a shuttle on property?

Due to the pandemic, shuttle service is not available.

Are you accepting reciprocal admission?

If you are a member of another participating garden or cultural institution, we are honoring the reciprocal admission agreement. Please present your membership card upon arrival at the gate for complimentary admission.

Do you have any admission discounts?

We are temporarily suspending all discount programs. We will continuously monitor and update our operations as evaluations are completed. We are offering free admission to active members of the military.

Is the Singing Tower open for visitors?

Donor 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.

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.

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 live performances by carillon fellow Wade FitzGerald on Monday – Wednesday at 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors can hear clock music selections at 8:30 a.m. and every half-hour following.

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.

What is your photography and drone policy?

AFTER HOURS PHOTOSHOOTS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
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 rdhorton@boktower.org.

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.

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.

Do you offer fun activities for children?

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

Do you allow dogs in the gardens?

Enjoy a stroll with your four-legged friend. Admission for dogs is $5 per animal per day. All dogs must remain on a leash during their visit. Dogs are not 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:

• 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.

Can I bring in outside food and beverage?

Yes, outside food and beverage are permitted during our daytime operations. Limited outdoor seating is available at the Outdoor Kitchen, and in the picnic areas. We recommend visitors bring a blanket or table covering for the outdoor tables. Visitors may also use picnic blankets in the Gardens. Outside food and beverage is prohibited during our evening special events.

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.

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.

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 rdhorton@boktower.org.

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

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

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.

Can I volunteer?

The volunteer program is reopening in phases. For the summer, we will be welcoming back Horticulture volunteers who undergo additional safety training. We will begin processing new volunteer applications in Phase 2, which will be determined by public health and safety standards. Volunteer information is available at https://boktowergardens.org/volunteering/

Which credit cards do you accept?

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

What if I visit and leave an item behind? Will you have a lost & found?

If you need lost & found assistance, please go to the Visitor Center for assistance or call 863-676-1408.

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.

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.

Can you recommend nearby accommodations?

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

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 receptionist@boktower.org or fax to 863.676.6670 (Attn: Receptionist; Ticket Donations)

BOK TOWER GARDENS

1151 Tower Boulevard

Lake Wales, Florida 33853

863-676-1408

info@boktowergardens.org

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