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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  • Very scenic area and gardens with two beautiful homes that provide a glimpse into American history. My wife and I enjoyed a relaxing walk through the gardens and learned about two of the very...  more »
  • This is a don't miss thing to see when in the area. Edison was a genius and visionary and amazing to see that he was always experimenting, even at his supposed vacation home. What I found most...  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.
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