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Things to do

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens “Singing Tower” is 205 feet high and is located just north of downtown Lake Wales Florida.  The Tower is on a 50 acre garden, a botanical garden and sanctuary and is built upon one of the highest points in florida.

This National Historic Landmark was dedicated in 1929 as a gift from a Dutch immigrant named Edward Bok. Mr. Bok was a Pulitzer Prize winning author.

The tower is not open to walk through however you can enjoy daily concerts from it’s carillon bells. Bok tower gardens is open to visitors and has 250 acres of gardens and nature to enjoy.  Locate just north of downtown Lake Wales.

Spook Hill

Spook HillThe Legend of SPOOK HILL

Just outside Downtown Lake Wales placed upon a gravity hill Spook Hill gives an optical illusion that cars appear to be rolling up the hill.

The hill consists of sand and limestone which two to three million years ago when the sea level was much higher were islands.

Located close to Bok towers the “singing tower” (magical hammock) spook hill is a great attraction. Stop by read the legend and see the illusion for yourself! Find out more about Lake Wales by visiting downtownlakewales.com.

Bok Tower

Spook Hill

Highlands Hammock

Highlands Hammock State Park is a 9,000-acre (3,640 ha) park west of Sebring. The park opened in 193 and became one of the four original Florida State Parks when the state park system was created in 1935.

The park includes nine trails that can be accessed from a scenic three-mile (5 km) loop drive. The park includes an eleven-mile (18 km) trail can be traversed by bicyclists, horseback riders or wildlife viewers and is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Enjoy a walk through an old-growth bald cypress swamp with Cabbage Palmettos, ferns, bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes on an elevated boardwalk. Some trees are believed to be over a thousand years old, including what is possibly the largest oak in Florida, with a girth of over 36 feet. Guests can also enjoy picnicking, ranger guided tours, a campground with full hookups, a playground, as well as “the Hammock Inn” restaurant.