Bok Tower Gardens has been one of Orlando, Florida’s top attractions since 1929. Over 23 million people have visited this remarkable stretch of landscape with its expertly maintained gardens, 1930’s Mediterranean style mansion, unique Singing Tower carillon, and peaceful atmosphere. Famous for being one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Mr. Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., the landscape garden was designed to be more than just a spot full of pretty trees. Its original intention, for which it is still know today, is to be a spot for contemplation, romance, and tranquility.
With breathtaking views of the Singing Tower, dozens of picturesque spots and tranquil trails, acres of palm trees, oaks, pine trees, ferns and all other types of foliage, including seasonal azaleas, magnolias, camellias and more, the Gardens are one of the only attractions in Orlando, FL where you’ll feel away from it all. Some of the Garden’s highlights include:
- Spring Peak Bloom Season – During the spring you can find over 150 varieties of camellias, hundreds of kinds of azaleas, as well as irises and orchids, which offer a bright and beautiful burst of color throughout the garden grounds.
- Exedra & Sunset Overlook – A marble Exedra was built in a viewpoint spot where the sunset can be seen every evening from its 298-foot elevation point, which is one of the highest points in Florida.
- Pinewood Estate Gardens – Featuring several unique garden areas which were designed by well known landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, a Mediterranean-style mansion is surrounded by gardens named Vegetable Garden, The Grotto, Frog Fountain, and Oriental Moon Gate.
- River of Stone – This area features a unique pebble pathway at the Visitor Center. With 30 different species of air plants (plants that require no soil and derive all their nutrients from the water and air), it’s a fascinating place to wander.