Orbit baby invited us to try out their O2 stroller for little Lisa. At first we were worried that the stroller would be too bulky to bring with us, but after a week of everyday usage, we were surprised at how much we loved it, and how much question we get from Lisa’s playground asking to try out our O2.  This weekend we decided to take a little road trip with Lisa and her O2 stroller.

Bok Tower & gardens is a beautiful and peaceful park that’s an hour from Orlando’s main attractions, while it could get hot during the summer month, on a cool cloudy day it makes a perfect place to relax and unwind. The road leading to the park was long and beautiful, lined with orchards and grassy rolling hills, yes that’s right, grassy rolling hills in Florida.

There was a little shade here, and it was still early morning, but I was glad that we’d brought the baby sunblock with us since it was a Florida August, and even the kindest outdoor conditions can be brutal.

The Tower

Of course, the main attraction is the tower itself. The best view is definitely the first one you get to inside the park, facing south across a long reflective pond. When you get closer you can get some nice photos with the beautiful gold door in the background behind the moat, but unfortunately, you can’t get to the other side of the moat thanks to some locked gates. We went to the information booth and asked the employee if it was possible to cross the moat, and he told me no, but we should stick around for a few minutes to hear the carillon bells. We did, and the music was very pretty (even though it was just a recording played over speakers instead of actual bells).

The Koi Pond

Of course, for us a great day trip needs two things. It has to have great photo opportunities, and it has to blow our baby’s mind! Lisa cared not a bit about the bok tower, the gardens or the music, but she flipped out when we fed the koi fish. The information booth had change for a dollar so we got a handful of fish food and threw it in the pond a little bit at a time. The koi fish would swirl around and splash the surface of the water, and Lisa would wiggle and giggle and clap her hands with such intensity that I actually worried that she was having some kind of pleasure overload. As usual, whenever we take photos Lisa always goes and steals the show.

Other Things to do

After the koi pond, we were getting plenty sweaty, so we headed to the cafe and had some ice cream (Lisa had her first coconut flavored ice cream — she thought it was too cold). It was about noon, and we still had some photos to take in Orlando, so we decided to head out. We drove back toward the gate, and as we passed all those orchards and fields, we couldn’t help ourselves from stopping for a few more pictures. I’m not sure if these places were actually part of the park, or if we were welcome there, but we didn’t stay long and I’m glad we stopped because it really was beautiful.

If you’re thinking about visiting Bok Tower, I definitely recommend going in the morning before it gets hot outside. Based on the size of the parking lot you’re also better off coming in the middle of the week since they must get big crowds on the weekends. I didn’t get into the history of the place in this post, but there’s a lot to learn there as well. So bring the kids, bring your camera, and bring a couple bucks for fish food. You’ll have a blast and get some great photos to remember it by.