Polk County Is the Secret Florida Vacation Spot Perfect for Families
World Renowned Architecture
For a more placid stroll outdoors, Central Florida is home to two historic area attractions, Bok Tower Gardens and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun” collection of architecture on the Florida Southern College campus.
More than 80 years after then-campus president Ludd M. Spivey convinced famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright to construct a “College of Tomorrow” on the grounds of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, the campus remains both the architect’s largest one-site collection of his work as well as its Southern-most example.
Featuring 13 structures, Florida Southern is still considered one of the country’s most striking campuses. Whether you choose to take the guided tour or explore on your own, you’re sure to leave inspired. Don’t miss the crown jewel, the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, or Wright’s recently brought to life piece of domestic bliss, the Usonian House.
Bok Tower is Lake Wales’ world-famous 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic “Singing” carillon tower surrounded by gardens that are kept with the utmost care. Featuring the highest elevation in peninsular Florida, guests can stroll in the shadow of the tower while listening to music from the carillon – a series of bells played by a keyboard – and see scenic vistas of Florida unlike anywhere else in the state. Bok Tower has literally reigned as a popular tourist attraction since the late 1920s.