My memories of Gatorland, got me thinking about other off-the-beaten-path Orlando destinations. Bok Tower Gardens come instantly to mind. About an hour away from Orlando, this place is beautiful, magical even. My visit there deserves a story all of its own, but, as a preview, here are some tidbits from a January visit. Highlights: Wild southern groves, with Spanish moss floating romantically in the wind, as you listen to the wistful sounds of carillon bells, emanating from a tower that looks like something out of Tolkien (half-hour concerts are performed at 1 and 3 each afternoon). Swans, quite aggressive on closer encounter, glide in the pond, and all the world seems to be concentrated in THAT moment–and right.
Approaching Bok Gardens, you are lost among fields and fields of orange trees, which must be seen to be believed:
I can only imagine how lush the gardens are in season. In January, meandering paths among still-asleep bushes and plants were charming. I cannot wait to see this place again.
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