Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

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Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and their families spent winters on adjacent properties at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, which opened to the public in 1947. Explore 8 hectares (20 acres) of land complete with 1929 landscaping, historical architecture, the Edison Botanic Research Lab, and the Edison Ford Museum. Walk through gardens once tended by Mina Edison, filled with bamboo plants, roses, and African Sausage trees, and wonder at the 120 m (400 ft) banyan tree that was planted in the early 20th century. This site offers a rare opportunity to take an intimate look into the homes and lives of two towering figures in American history. For Edison and Ford Winter Estates and beyond, use our Fort Myers tourist route planner to get the most from your Fort Myers vacation.
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  • Most staff members we encountered were welcoming and helpful. We found the younger staff members who were handing out headsets with instructions were a bit rote and abrupt almost as though they were b...  more »
  • Plan on spending a considerable amount of time here....2 houses, museum, gardens and laboratory. I definitely recommend the guided tour. Staff are very knowledgeable and the museum is packed with info...  more »
  • I am a history buff with a love of cars and science so this was a must see for me. We were staying on Fort Myers Beach with my family so it was just a short drive here. Free parking and easy to naviga...  more »
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  • A very nice place to visit. It is educational for both kids and adults. We purchased the audio tour and we were able to finish everything in 3 hours. The staff suggested us to do the estate tour in the morning first when the weather was cooler and continue the museum where is indoor and under AC later. Do picked up a sheet by the museum entrance for scavenger hunt. Kids can earn a small price after they are answer all the questions. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about Edison and Ford.
  • This was one memorable school trips. Thomas Edison's lab was just fascinating. It is fortunate his home is local. He was very wise and a great work ethic. Our family likes to take friends when they are in town. My Mom loves the botanical gardens.
  • Very cool lesson in american history I did the $30 guided tour which took about an hour and 15 minutes and it was well worth it. The property is beautiful with plenty of things to look at including both estates, Edison's lab, large museum, 2 gift shops, and a botanical garden. This attraction will keep you busy for at least a good 3 hours or so. After the tour you can go back without your guide and get a closer look at everything.
  • If you're a history buff and enjoy seeing things back in the day of how one lived, this is a great place to check out. All original furniture and you learn about the two of them. It's a beautiful area and perfect for family or to pass time.
  • This is not the kind of place I would usually visit, but visiting here was a pleasure. Not only are the grounds stunning, but visiting in Edison's lab satisfied the geek in me. Have an even greater admiration for Edison's work now.