This is page two of information on this website about the beautiful Bok Tower Gardens and Bok Tower. Page one of information is here.
The visitor center at Bok Tower Gardens offers the visitor a wealth of information about the history of Bok Tower, the gardens, Iron Mountain and the surrounding area. You can spend quite a bit of time in the visitor center as there is an excellent video about Bok Towers to enjoy, an adjacent display area that is reminiscent of a high quality museum, some hands on displays, and the Blue Palmetto cafe for hungry or thirsty folks.
The photo below shows part of the museum-like information area in the visitor center.
Bok Towers and Bok Tower Gardens have been described as America’s Taj Mahal, a monument to beauty and serenity in the US., similar in concept to the Taj Mahal in India, itself a memorial to Arjumand Banu Begum – beloved ornament of the palace – an Empress of India during the Mughal Dynasty in the 1600’s.
Displays are found throughout the visitor center, with some being hands on. In the following photo is the carillonneur’s bench, showing how the pedals and keys are interconnected to the 60 bells that make up the Bok Tower carillon.
How big is the biggest bell in the Bok Tower array of 60? The lovely visitor standing inside the actual-sized silhouette of that bell is 5′ 6″ tall. A big bell indeed, weighing in at 12 tons.
The smallest bell in the tower weighs in at 16 pounds.
The immediate grounds of the visitor center are beautifully landscaped, as is to be expected as part of the Bok Tower Gardens. Like the gardens themselves, the visitor center offers spacious comfort to enable visitors to rest between wandering the trails.
The Bok Tower itself
There is lots more to see in the visitor center yet now, let’s have a look at Bok Tower itself.