I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I did receive park entrance and a $50 gift card to try out the cafe in order to facilitate my post.
There are quite a few wonderful places to visit in Central Florida. I have taken the time to highlight many of them for you. Today I want to tell you a bit about a hidden gem not far from Legoland Florida. In Lake Wales, Florida there is a place called Bok Tower Gardens. I have visited this place in the past and while it was beautiful and offered an opportunity to expose children to nature, it didn’t offer much for a younger audience on an ongoing basis. Fast forward to today and everything has changed with the new Hammock Hallow Children’s Garden.
New Hammock Hallow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower Gardens
Before you head into the Children’s Garden you will want to make a couple stops. The first stop that is a must is the pollinator garden. My children really enjoyed learning about the different animals that would be considered pollinators, what foods they would miss out on without them (stay away from my chocolate), and watched the different animals move from plant to plant. There are bees, wasps, and different pollinators in this area. If you have a child with allergies it will be best to avoid this area and take a different route.
Bring water with you or bring water bottles/refillable containers.
I was impressed to see that Bok Tower Gardens not only has water fountains throughout the park, they also have these handy fountains that let you refill your own water bottles or containers. If you need a cold glass of water and don’t want to be outside a water cup is 25 cents in the cafe as of me writing this post. If you plan to spend a warm day at Hammock Hallow Children’s Garden, bring your water bottles and fill up here before heading in.
While there is a larger entry for us adults this small entry for children just captures the imagination you will find with you enter Hammock Hallow. Everything inside is filled with imagination and built to let children have fun while engaging with nature and learning.
One of the things that impressed me most about Hammock’s Hallow was the fact that many of the play areas were shaded. This gave you the opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the different play areas without overheating as easily. My daughter is prone to migraines so situations where she can play without being in direct sunlight are always a win for us.
Another thing that really intrigued about the design of the children’s area were all of the different walkways. As you worked your way through the different areas, you found that every walkway was a different sensory experience. This would be excellent for a sensory seeker who may prefer the bumpy rocks or the smooth sand. However, this could be a bit more complicated for someone trying to maneuver a wheelchair or stroller.
There is a small splash children’s area you can take advantage. We did not take advantage of this because we did not plan for it. However, I highly recommend packing clothes to go get as wet as possible and have a wonderful time.
I think the thing that impressed me most were all of the hands on opportunities. The kids were able to play music, put on a play complete with costumes, lay in hammocks, build sentences in a word garden, and tons more. I was simply blown away by the amount of hands on options this place offered. Whenever I thought we reached the limit of what they offered a guide would walk over and point out something fun the kids hadn’t seen yet and off we would run again to try something new.
Once you have enjoyed the beauty of the children’s area, take some time to sneak over to the cafe and grab yourself some lunch. They have many different offerings from $2 up to $12 depending on what you are looking for. We were able to feed the entire family a very full lunch and stop for an over abundant helping of ice cream for under $50.
After you are fed it’s time to enjoy some of the beautiful things that nature has to offer at Bok Tower Gardens. I suggest taking the shuttle up to Bok Tower. The driver gave us an amazing lesson about the history of the tower. From the top of the hill you will have a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Be ready with quarters in hand. There are Koi in the water surrounding the tower and your children will want you to buy the Koi food so they can have fun feeding them. I know mine did.
Before you leave for the day, tour the historic Pinewood Estate. We spent a great deal of time here and learned a lot about a different time in history. The kids were able to ask a lot of questions about Mr. Buck who used to live in this home and the servants who tended to him and his family. Every room is unique as are the views from every single window. I fell in love with a sweet little fountain outside.
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You can find out more information by visiting the Bok Tower Gardens Website.
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