Our History

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. The Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment.

The Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting with breathtaking views of the Singing Tower.

The Singing Tower

Looking up at the 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. The Tower houses one of the world’s finest carillons. Concerts from the 60 bell carillon at 1 and 3 p.m. fill the Gardens daily.

The Carillon

The carillon at Bok Tower Gardens has 60 bells ranging in weight from 16 pounds to nearly 12 tons. The instrument was designed and built in 1928 by John Taylor Bellfoundry, Ltd. of Loughborough, England which still makes bells today.

Today’s Carillon Program

Download the Singing Tower’s musical program. Concerts are at 1:00pm and 3:00pm daily.

Library & Archives

Bok Tower Gardens maintains a number of collections documenting the history and development of not only the Singing Tower and Gardens but also the historic Pinewood Estate, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and carillon art in general.

Pinewood Estate

Nestled in the heart of seven and one-half lush acres at Bok Tower Gardens is Pinewood Estate, the enchanting 1930s 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion. The historic Estate is open for tours throughout the year to visitors of Bok Tower Gardens.

Visitor Center

Begin your visit with a stop in the Visitor Center. Explore the historical exhibit hall, watch our 15-minute orientation film, view our rotating art exhibits, enjoy lunch in the Blue Palmetto Café, and take home a unique treasure from the Tower & Garden Gift Shop.

Pine Ridge Nature Trail

This longleaf pine-turkey oak habitat is in danger of disappearing. Visitors can hike the one-quarter mile trail that takes you through this unique habitat that once covered millions of acres of the Southeast.

Preserve Trail

This 1.5-mile trail begins at the main entrance gate to the Visitor Center. Interpretive signs along the trail tell about the flora, fauna and wildlife of the Lake Wales Ridge habitat.