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See the solar eclipse Monday, at Bok Tower Gardens

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm






By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

It won’t be as great a spectacle as it will be elsewhere in the country, but the solar eclipse of 2017 will be making an appearance in Central Florida on Monday.

One of the best viewing areas to see the eclipse in our area will be at Historical Bok Tower Gardens.

As one of the highest elevations in Florida, Bok Tower Gardens offers visitors a unique opportunity join the eclipse “viewing mania” atop Iron Mountain.

And you won’t have to worry about being unprespared to look at the sun during the Bok Tower event. The first 400 hundred visitors will receive a complimentary pair of CE/ISO certified viewing glasses.

General admission prices will apply.

Kids are encouraged to join the Nature Play Guides at Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden to learn more about the Eclipse at the Discovery Cart from 10 a.m. until noon.

The maximum viewing time for Lake Wales is estimated at 2:49 p.m. Views from the Pine Ridge Preserve Knoll, the Tower lawn or Pinewood Estate lawn should be exceptional, according to Bok Tower Gardens official.

Central Florida residents will be able to view the solar eclipse at 85 percent totality, which means the moon will almost completely cover the sun. This will be the first total solar eclipse that will travel from the west coast to the east coast and viewable from the continental United States in 99 years. Florida will not see another total solar eclipse until the year 2045.

About Bok Tower Gardens:

Voted Florida’s best garden, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located 10 miles from LEGOLAND Florida.Open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens at 863-676-1408 or visit

If you want to experience the eclipse at 100 percent, you will have to hit the road and travel to North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee, the closest states with a total eclipse experience, i.e., the stars will be out during the day, etc. Most public campgrounds, hotels in the path of the eclipse have been booked for weeks, but it you still want to go, check out, a website that showcases private campsites in various locales including farms and nature preserves.

AttendeeRegLoginServlet?evt_uid=749 to register. or call 844–FIN–TIME (844–346–8463).