The Carillon, of Bok Towers is a musical instrument that only few in the world have the ability to play. I first heard an open-air concert about four years ago when they played songs from the Sound Of Music. It was a memorable experience and even my children were impressed with the sounds they were hearing. The carillon is a unique and remarkable musical instrument and it is designed to play the bells that vary in size to obtain the beautiful sounds that you will hear. The tower itself is grand in both design and stature and is the focal point of the spectacular gardens and nature trails. The architect of Bok Tower, also known as the "Singing Tower," was the creation of famous architect Milton B. Medary. His inspiration came from the "gothic" design of the European Churches.
Edward Bok native to the Netherlands, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, and editor of The Ladies Home Journal, created the wonderful gardens with the assistance landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead Jr. The gardens are located on the highest point of the Lake Wales Ridge, named "Iron Mountain." Bok used to come and enjoy the majestic sunsets and the abundance of birds. He wanted to create a sanctuary for the wildlife and preserve the hilltop. Bok Tower today is home to over 100 species of birds open for all to enjoy.
The nature trails; lead you to the "Singing Tower," which is a favorite swimming place of the elegant swans. Zeus, the male swan is quite the showman and is sure to entertain you.
I enjoy landscaping photography and the outdoors so I am a frequent visitor of the gardens and one of my favorite places to photograph in Florida. It is lush with native trees and landscaping. The trails of which there are many are easy on the feet and you can take in the wonders of all of the native wildlife and vegetation along the trails.
You can pack your own picnic lunch or take advantage of the restaurant for a quick bite to eat. It is a great way to spend the day with family or friends. You will relish the wonderful family memories.
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