Visiting Bok Tower Gardens is a great activity to enjoy in Central Florida that the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy the beautiful gardens!
Bok Tower Gardens is a beautiful estate that is nestled in the citrus hills between Orlando and Tampa. It’s a gem in Central Florida that has seen millions of visitors.
Bok Tower Gardens
Since 1929, Bok Tower Gardens has been a beautiful garden that was created by Edward William Bok and designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, Jr. Wander throughout its nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens, 2.5 acre children’s garden Hammock Hollow, 20-room Pinewood Estate Mediterranean-style mansion. Stand at the foot of the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower to listen to the carillon bells.
Throughout the pandemic, I have been looking for fun, safe things that my family can still enjoy. We have gone to the beach, visiting parks to walk trails, and spent plenty of time at the pool.
During my searched for different activates to do, I discovered that Bok Tower Gardens was still open as it could safely operate as people could easily enjoy the grounds while social distancing.
The kids and I recently spent the day there exploring the property. There is so much to do there!
We primarily spent our time in Hammock Hallow, the children’s garden. You wouldn’t believe how much there is to see, do, and explore in 2.5 acres. They had a blast for hours and hours.
As soon as we entered through The Gateway and past the Stone Mosaics, the kids started to explore the garden.
There were things to climb and jump on which was perfect for kids that have been cooped up all summer. It was so liberating for them just to be wild and free.
Autumn’s favorite part of Hammock Hallow was the sider web rope climb. She loved to climb up on it and hang from it.
But once I showed her how to flip down from it… oh man, she was in love! She was so proud of herself for learning that.
Hunter really like the ledge walk as there were rocks to climb and nooks to hide in.
Throughout Hammock Hallow the kids had fun on various play structures.
Once section of the garden was dedicated to the fairies that live there. They loved to explore the Fairy Garden. They looked for their houses among the trees and boulders.
You have to be nice and quiet so the fairies don’t know you’re there so they might venture out of their homes. Try to catch a peek of them!
Time of Ice Cream
The kids earned some time to relax in the shade and enjoy some ice cream from the café.
Don’t forget to use your membership to save at the café. You can also use your membership at the gift shop for a discount as well.
Besides enjoying Hammock Hallow, the kids and I enjoyed wandering the grounds so we could hear the Bell Tower better as the bells played. It was so beautiful.
We are looking forward to going back again to be right at the tower when the scheduled bells play at 1pm and 3pm.
Before leaving for the day, we made one quick trip back to Hammock Hallow so the kid could run through The River Walk. The cooled off in the sprinklers and just had so much fun!
We enjoyed out trip to Bok Tower Gardens so much that we purchased a family membership there so we could go back often and visit the other gardens in the reciprocal garden program.
If you are looking for something to do in Central Florida that doesn’t involve a theme park, then check out Bok Tower Gardens. The whole property is beautiful and you’ll love wandering the trails and listening to the bells.
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