Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

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#1 of 129 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 »
  • Just learning about TAE is worth the price. Very interesting person. Brilliant and confident. Be sure to sit through the video presentations which will give a good insight to both Edison and Ford (aka...  more »
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  • Beautiful Establishment. It is amazing to think that if Mr. Edison still lived today he’d arguably have one of the if not the best houses in town. The way the house looks externally with the trees/gardens along with the fixtures in the home with a beautiful water view in the backyard (especially around sunset) is a MUST SEE if you are a visitor. They make it look very elegant around Christmas time with the lighting. The Edison home sits on McGregor Blvd., which is an amazing street to walk on with the palm trees along the walkways/sidewalks.
  • Must to see if you're in Fort Myers area. Beautiful gardens beautiful beautiful views of the best of the Bay. Lots of History very educational. Great place to take children. have fantastic events throughout the year.
  • My 9 year old daughter and I come here at least twice a year. We are natives but it has become a tradition for us. They do a great thing and give veterans and their families free admission on Veteran's Day and we come every year. Then she adds to her ever growing plant collection. Educational and beautiful views and plants!
  • Today was free for teachers to visit the estates. Thank you for all the hard work and repairs after Irma. It was plain to see the damage was extensive. My complaint about today, since it was a day for educators to visit, was about the older man working in the lab. He voiced some very strong negative opinions about "young people" today. Imagine if educators had these negative opinions about the young minds they are trying to inspire? I would hope they'd be fired. Many young people visit the estates with their parents who are hoping for inspiration. VERY disappointing ending to an otherwise perfect trip.
  • An excellent day out. Historic homes, beautiful and interesting gardens. Nicely labled and with great audio and personal tours. The lab has limited access but the museum has a great collection of items from the 19th and early 20th century. Plan at least 3 hrs here. Can spend considerably more with all the museum's displays.

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