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Holiday Home Tour Combo Admission Nov. 23-Jan. 6
Includes general admission & Pinewood Estate. Excludes blackout dates

Holiday Home Tour Combo
Holiday Home Tour Combo ticket pricing: $25 Adult Admission

General Admission
Valid all year long. Pinewood Estate not included.

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Group Admission
Customized packages for groups of 20 or more.

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Bok Tower Gardens Hours

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.

Pinewood Estate Historic Home Hours

Pinewood Estate will be closed the following dates. Subject to change without notice.
October 29 – November 22, 2018: closed for holiday decoration
January 7 – January 21, 2019: closed for holiday decoration take down
February 14, 2019: Event setup

Operating Hours except blackout dates above
Summer: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spring: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Military Discount

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.

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.

In case of severe or inclement weather including wind, rain or cold, performances may be cancelled. If the ticketed event is cancelled, please present your ticket at Bok Tower Gardens’ entrance gate to receive one (1) adult general admission within one (1) year of the original event date. For event and cancellation information, please call 863.676.1408.

All special event ticket prices listed are for tickets purchased in advance. Tickets on the day of the event may be a higher price, if available.

Pinewood Estate

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Nestled in the heart of seven and one-half lush acres at Bok Tower Gardens is Pinewood Estate, the enchanting 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion. Originally named “El Retiro,” meaning “retreat” in Spanish, the Estate was built in the early 1930s for Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president. Now this historic Estate is open for tours throughout the year to visitors of Bok Tower Gardens.

Pinewood Estate Historic Home Hours & Blackout Dates:

Pinewood Estate will be closed the following dates: Subject to change without notice.
February 14, 2019
October 29 – November 22, 2019
January 7 – January 21, 2019

Operating Hours except blackout dates above

Spring (Now through May 13, 2018): Open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Summer (May 14 through October 28, 2018): Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens (November 24 through January 6, 2019):
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets are available to purchase online, Entrance Gate or at the Visitor Center

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About the Historic Home Tour

Visitors receive a program when they begin their tour at Pinewood Estate that contains historical information about the home. Pinewood Estate docents are available throughout the home to interact with you and answer questions about the Estate and its furnishings. Pinewood Estate is a 1930s mansion and due to its historic nature is not fully accessible by wheelchair or stroller. For more information please contact us at 863.676.1408.

Pinewood Estate History

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. had designed Edward Bok’s Gardens and several private gardens inside Mountain Lake Estates, a neighboring private community. Charles Austin Buck engaged Olmsted’s firm to design the landscape of his winter estate. In 1929, landscape architect William Lyman Phillips of the Olmsted Brothers firm began to design the gardens and the placement of the house. In 1930, architect Charles Wait was hired to design the house that has become one of the finest examples of Mediterranean-style architecture in the state of Florida. The Estate was the result of the collaborative inspiration of Buck, Wait and Phillips.

Because Buck was a lover of nature and an amateur horticulturist, the gardens were designed first and the house was positioned later to provide a natural flow from garden to house. The estate’s external landscape and ornamental touches were designed by Phillips, who later designed the world-famous Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables (Miami).

Phillips’ contributions to the Estate include several wonderful elements: a formal Mediterranean-style garden with a Spanish frog fountain that leads guests into an enchanting stone grotto at the front of the house; an Oriental moon gate fountain off the dining room porch; and an English-style country garden with a rolling lawn and a pond that reflects the afternoon sunsets.

Buck was a great admirer of the Latin lifestyle and architecture, and he wanted “El Retiro” to be reminiscent of it. Wait designed the 12,900 square foot Mediterranean-style home with many characteristics of an antique villa, complete with a barrel-tile roof, thick walls, substantial carved doors and woodwork, and intricately detailed wrought iron.

Wait also included a series of three large porches to provide Buck and his guests with uninterrupted views of the sweeping vistas and a wonderful view of the Tower. The team worked to situate the entire house so that fantastic views from the house were framed by the surrounding tall pine and live oak trees.

In an effort led by Nellie Lee Holt Bok, daughter-in-law of Gardens’ founder Edward W. Bok, Pinewood Estate was acquired in 1970 and “El Retiro” was renamed “Pinewood Estate.” Famed restoration landscape architect, Rudy Favretti, was engaged along with a corps of volunteers to restore the manor to its original glory so visitors could enjoy it.

Hours, Prices & Directions

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Trip Advisor HOF logo 2015Hours at the Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last admission from the entrance gate is at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with limited hours on holidays.*

Pinewood Estate will be closed the following dates. Subject to change without notice.
May 17, October 30 – November 23, 2017: closed for holiday decoration

Operating Hours except blackout dates above
Summer: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Spring: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Best time to visit Pinewood Estate is 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Estate busy hours are from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Singing Tower carillon concerts are at 1 & 3 p.m. daily with short selections played on the hour and half-hour. The carillon schedule features live concerts by Geert D’hollander mid-October through mid-May, Thursday to Sunday. Recordings from the Anton Brees Carillon Library collection can be heard during the summer months from mid-May to mid-October. Concerts can be heard throughout the Gardens and there is no additional ticket required. Entrance into the Singing Tower is available to certain membership levels during select events throughout the year. *All hours and schedules are subject to change without notice. The Café and Gift Shop are open noon – 5 p.m. on Christmas and Thanksgiving.


Bok Tower Gardens is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is supported by tax-exempt gifts and contributions. All revenue and membership support continues Edward W. Bok’s dream of helping to preserve and sustain this gift of beauty for future generations.


Membership Admission

Purchase an annual membership for 365 days of free general admission.
All memberships include free Gardens admission and discounts on most special events, gift shop, and café purchases.

One-day Admission

General Admission Adults $15, Children (5-12) $5, Children under 5 are free.
This ticket option includes admission to the Gardens, Pine Ridge Nature Trail, Preserve Trail and the Visitor Center complex.

Combo Admission Adults $21, Children (5-12) $10, Children 5 are free.
This ticket option includes General Admission and access to a self-guided tour of Pinewood Estate. Holiday Home Tour is an additional fee during the holiday season. Members can purchase individual tickets at the Entrance Gate for $5.

Bok Tower Gardens has reciprocal benefit partnerships with various museums and cultural institutions throughout Florida and the American Horticultural Society. If you are a member of these participating organizations, check your membership benefits to see what discount is available to you. These discounts can only be applied at the entrance gate upon arrival. Admission tickets are valid for one day and do not include admission to specially ticketed events. Parking at the Gardens is always free.

Directions to the Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando in Polk County, Florida. For driving directions, please enter your starting location and click the “Get Directions” button.