Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

4.6
#1 of 202 in Parks in Southwest Gulf Coast
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. Our Fort Myers route planner makes visiting Edison and Ford Winter Estates and other Fort Myers attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The tour of the homes, labs and gardens gives you a good picture of life at the turn of the last century, the challenges and dogged persistence of the Big Idea people who changed the world with...  more »
  • This was my 11 year old daughter's request for spring break and well worth the long drive from Clearwater. You will need plenty of time to see the museum, estates, and gardens. Everything is...  more »
  • Beautiful, relaxing spot. Not only were Edison and Ford's homes beautiful, but I loved the variety of flora they planted. Many varieties of rubber trees were experimented with in order to provide...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed visiting the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. I took the Grand Tour which included access to the grounds, a self guided walking tour of the museum, the lab, and a narrated tour of the exterior of the houses. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the houses. I do have one little suggestion though that would have made my experience better. If the Grand Tour would have included a guide-narrated tour and perhaps working demonstrations of some of Edison's early inventions, along with a little history of the times, then that would have provided a more enriching experience and made these inventions and the history behind them come alive for everyone. I feel that what people really care about when they think of Thomas Edison are not so much about where he lived and what the inside of his house looked like, but rather how his inventions, and how Edison and those inventions helped influence and shape history as we know it today.
  • This is a neat place to visit. We did not go into the museum we only did the house tour. It is pricey with tickets costing $25 per person. It is worth the money. It is self guided and they do offer audio head sets to listen if you don't want to read. The grounds are beautiful and very well kept. There is a lot to see and it is interesting attraction.
  • My fiance and I went here for a quick getaway, the estate is quite beautiful you can walk right up to the water. The houses are lovely and you can peer inside we really enjoyed going over to the workshop and looking at all of the things that they were tinkering with. as you walk around there are some pretty unusual plants that are absolutely beautiful and well taken care of. You could probably spend an entire day walking around and enjoying the estate
  • Very interesting. I would not recommend the narrated tour. We could not understand/ hear the narrator very well. We went and got the hand held individual phone and it was very enjoyable. The place is beautiful and to see and realize just how brilliant they were, especially Edison is amazing.
  • The museum is really nice and put together. I brought my 6 year old daughter and she had a good time reading the little placards and there was even a kids section where she was able to interact and have some fun with exploring type games and quizzes. We did the audio tour and it was perfect for us. We bought a pretty unique plant and it cost us only $6. Parking was free and plenty. All the staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this place!

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