Bok Tower Gardens has been on my shortlist of places to visit for a while. I am always a big fan of gardens and hiking, and Bok Towers Gardens has plenty of both.
Come in past the visitor center, the shop, and cafe and wander into the oval. If you veer off the paved path you will find yourself in the Pollinator Garden where you will, of course, be surrounded by bees, butterflies, and such. A perfect start. I learned that the orange butterflies that are always in my backyard are among the most common in Florida and that they are probably there because of the passion vines covering my patio.
What’s next? Check that map in your back pocket to decide. We headed to the Endangered Plant Garden and the Window by the Pond. The Window by the Pond was my absolute, hands down favorite place in Bik Tower Gardens. Wander into an unassuming wood shed and find benches to rest on while looking through the window at a beautiful pond. The window frames it like the piece of artwork that it is. I didn’t see any of the local wildlife, but it’s said to be a great place to do so. It was a little warm in the middle of summer though!
To be honest, at this point I was a little disappointed. Everything we saw was great but I thought there was more to Bok Tower Gardens, we’d wandered around about an hour and a half and were about done. We decided to head back to the exit, and if it wasn’t too late we’d walk the Pine Ridge Preserve & Trails.
There is also an area with an art installment (Trapped) of large carnivorous plants. It’s fun and educational to walk through, but I have to admit the art was not the star of the show in my opinion. Growing in random places along the path were live carnivorous plants growing among the grasses. I admit, being a bit of a plant nerd I may have been more excited about this than the average tourist.
If you’re as interested in botanical gardens as I am be sure to also stop by Bayfront Gardens in Sarasota and Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo!
Here’s what you need to know to play tourist:
1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, FL 33853