Walk the Bok

One of the neat things we’ve enjoyed doing in Central Florida is exploring interesting dog friendly places. Today we ventured to Bok Tower Gardens; a national historic site near Lake Wales (about 30 minutes from our place in Davenport)

As you enter the park grounds you are immediately in awe of the landscaping and lush greenery. At the gatehouse you stop to pay your entry fee (there is a $5 charge for dogs) and then drive about a mile to the parking area. It’s a mile with a panoramic view of the rolling countryside and citrus groves. Breathtaking.

The parking lot is a treed oasis that abuts the welcome centre. There is a host of enthusiastic volunteers ready to greet newcomers and share the passion about the park. Unbeknownst to us it was the 90th year celebration and the park was filled with patrons on hand to hear the various workshops and lectures. And of course the musicians playing the carillon in the singing tower.

There’s a vibrant history to the park and the story, while interesting and colourful, ends with the founder being buried behind his beloved tower. It’s a magical place with views, plants, groomed trails and informative placards.

We took a break under the live oaks and shadow of the tower. A guest musician was playing a variety of pieces. An eclectic blend of 15th century arrangements and also Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menkin. So entertaining… in a medieval way. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

Of course, as usual, Molly was the scene stealer. She is so lovely.

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