Wawa is offering free entry to the Bok Tower Gardens on certain dates this summer
For those who love nature and are looking for something fun and free this summer, Wawa has a special deal. On the last Friday of each month from June to September, it offers free entry to the Bok Tower Gardens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark your calendars for the summer days hosted by Wawa on June 25, July 30, August 27 and September 24.
Bok Tower Gardens is a 250 acre contemplative garden located at 1151 Tower Blvd. in Lake Wales. Fifty of these acres are cultivated gardens, and the remainder are nature reserves and nature trails.
Built in 1929, “We originally started out as a bird sanctuary and garden, but our founder, [Edward Bok], wanted a place where humans could connect with nature and get away from what he called “the electrification of Americans,” said Erica Smith, DBA, director of business development at Bok Tower Gardens.
The destination has many garden highlights, such as the stone river, the vegetable garden and outdoor kitchen, the pollinator garden and many more. One of its wonderful aspects is the wildlife, including 126 different bird species as well as the endangered gopher turtle and the endangered oriental indigo snake.
“Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines form a lush backdrop for the flowery foliage and spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias and magnolias… presenting an ever-changing work of art,” says the website.
A large part of Bok Tower Gardens lies in its plant conservation efforts, including the propagation, reintroduction, monitoring and management of 64 rare plant species of central and northern Florida as part of its national collection of endangered and threatened plants. Guests can see some of the state’s rarest species in the constantly changing Garden of Endangered Plants, as different stages of the species’ life cycle provide a different spectacle each season.
Among the gardens’ most notable attractions is the 205-foot Singing Tower, a massive musical instrument with a 60-bell chime at the top. The neo-Gothic tower was designed in 1929 to be a centerpiece of the garden center. Concerts take place at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and the bells ring every hour and a half.
Visitors can also visit The Shop at Bok, the Blue Palmetto Café, nature trails like the Preserve Trail and the Pine Ridge Trail, and many other activities and areas in the gardens.
To receive free entry to Wawa, stop at the Bok Tower Gardens Entrance Gate. No purchase, voucher or reservation is necessary. For more information on the Gardens, visit https://boktowergardens.org/.