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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  • Great place to visit for a historical experience. Nice for families, couples, schools, and tourists to be educated. They offer different outings, options, and tours to view the homes, gardens, and lab...  more »
  • I have wanted to visit the estates for many years and finally went. Now I regret not going sooner! Before buying tickets, we realized that there was tremendous value in buying the annual membership (e...  more »
  • Very interesting to walk through the museum but also to see Thomas Edison's lab. Beautiful landscaping and gardens.  more »
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  • This is a very cool piece of history that was recommended by a friend. Just under an hour's drive from Port Charlotte in Fort Myers, it is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Wear comfy shoes, it is a lot of walking! The tours range from $15 to $50 and can be self-guided or narrated by one of the very knowledgeable experts. The museum, lab, house and gardens of Thomas Edison are filled with cool things to see and learn about. My science geek spouse LOVED it!
  • Were here last year and really enjoyed our visit. Had to come back and take it in again. History is really interesting. We have the Henry Ford Museum at home so this is right up my alley.
  • Love this place and every time I visit the Fort Myers area I make a stop in and take the tour. The museum and attractions are really interesting and well kept. The number one thing to do while there is pay for the guided tour!
  • This is a awesome place to visit...Show Thomas Edison Rubber Laboratory.Also shows actual equipment Thomas Edison used during his work.From a type writer to Film Camera. And much more.We bought the self guided tour for 20.00.You will also get to see Henry Ford's winter get away house as well.There is lots to see.Including Banyan trees.
  • The place is gorgeous, and full of wonderful stories. I do, however, feel that the tours are too expensive for what you get. I might be okay with paying $50 for the Inside the Homes tour if I didn't have to fight crowds to squeeze around people who are not there for a tour. Personal tours like that should be offered only when no one else is there. Instead, people follow along and peek their heads in the windows and doors to freely listen to what I paid a lot of money for.