$30 One-Year Family Membership to Bok Tower Gardens

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Because plants have long been jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. With today's Groupon, take a trip to the place where floral strivers meet to plot against humanity: for $30, you get a one-year family membership (a $60 value) to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. This Groupon is only valid for a new family membership.

While strolling through Bok Tower Gardens, nature buffs can treat their senses to the sights, sounds, and scents of the native wildlife and beautiful plants that lurk within the gardens. With a family membership, two adults and their immediately related kids or grandkids under age 18 get a full year of access. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that was thought into existence in 1921 by author and philanthropist Edward Bok. The garden features attractions such as the 205-foot, neo-Gothic singing tower, whose 60-bell carillon chimes the theme to Everybody Loves Raymond every half hour, and the historic Pinewood Estate, a Mediterranean-style mansion from the early 20th century.

Members also enjoy discounts at the Blue Palmetto Café and gift shop, reduced prices for separately ticketed events and Garden Campus programs, a subscription to the Garden Path newsletter, and special deals at affiliated attractions. Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week (September 24–30), which encourages kids to experience the beauty of nature and stay active, with a yearlong membership to a sprawling piece of Mother Nature.

Reviews

TripAdvisors give Bok Tower Gardens an average of 4.5 owl eyes, and Citysearchers give it a perfect five-star rating.

  • If you like Botanical Gardens, then this is a must see. – Maxona, TripAdvisor
  • It is great for picnics, taking pictures, relaxing, and enjoyinga [sic] break from the everyday life. There are lots of nice places to hike, as well as places to just sit and enjoy nature. – kreaves, Citysearch

Bok Tower Gardens

On many mornings in 1930, surrounded by the chirping of birds, Pulitzer Prize-winning Dutch author Edward Bok could be found in his studio at the base of a 205-foot art-deco, neo-Gothic tower. Today, visitors to Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, can take in the sights and wander the more than 50 acres of meandering gardens sculpted by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Visitors roam through shaded clearings and child-friendly gardens filled with vine-covered arbors and butterfly- and bird-watching areas, such as the Window By The Pond observatory. Paths wind past cold-resistant and semi-tropical ferns, palms, and pines, and vibrant explosions of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias that caretakers lovingly re-paint each morning. Among the trees stands Pinewood Estate, a Mediterranean-style mansion that welcomes seasonal tour groups into its rooms. In the gift shop, visitors peruse mementos such as historical books and decorative, nature-themed jewelry. The gardens sprawl through the Pine Ridge Nature Preserve, where a 3/4-mile path lets visitors glimpse rare plants and endangered animals such as the indigo snake and gopher tortoise. Gardens staff protect these grounds from fire damage, preserve plantings by collecting seeds, and reintroduce native species by organizing singles’ mixers.

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    Mountain Lake

    1151 Tower Blvd.

    Lake Wales, Florida 33853

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In a Nutshell

  • Picturesque gardens
  • National Historic Landmark
  • Lots of wildlife
  • Open year-round

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 31st, 2011. Must activate membership by 3/31/11. Membership good for 1 year after activation. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for a new family membership only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.