Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

4.6
#1 of 179 in Parks in Southwest Gulf Coast
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and their families spent winters on adjacent properties at Edison & 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 & Ford Winter Estates and other Fort Myers attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Go back in time and see what the two most iconic American families did. Cool breezes off the water and beautiful cottages. Edison and Ford were friends and lived next door to each other on incredible ...  more »
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  • An excellent collection of things Edison and Ford related. My family visited during a busy time but we were not negatively impact driver by crowds. Unfortunately the narrative from the audio tour is not particularly cohesive. I didn't walk away from my time there with many new insights into these important people.
  • The owners of our rented home said this was #1 in their opinion. They were correct. We really enjoyed our visit here. The grounds are lovely. Edison and Ford were remarkable men for their time.
  • Very clean and well maintained. The facility and it's staff managed the large crowds well. I was able to make some wonderful memories with my boyfriend's grandparents while touring this great place. If you are in SW Florida this is a must.
  • Great place, learn all about Edison and Ford’s crazy ideas, see their inventions, and their gardens. See where they slept, swam, and worked. Learn about their failures and successes. Incredible place. A must-visit location.
  • Great place to visit. Beautiful scenery and so much to learn about Edison and Ford - their personal inventions and the work the did together. Great things for the entire family and even interacrive things for kids.

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