Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

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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  • The Botanical Garden surprised with great richness and fun stories. The buildings were beautiful and well-kept with very knowledgeable guides. For the kids there were very funny experiments of various kinds, a very nice and interesting afternoon.
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  • Very interesting. Huge historical site and the audio tour was cool. Great scenery. However..... go in the winter June is too hot to be outside in Florida  more »
  • So much to see !! Beautiful gardens and fruit trees, the homes, the museum, and Edison's lab. There is also a greenhouse area and great deals on wonderful plants. Don't miss it !!  more »
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  • Wonderful experience. We took the guided tour with Jeff and he was phenomenal—educational in a fun way. It was hot as blazes though so bring or buy water! Totally worth the money. We spent around 3 hours there. Entertaining for us and our children ages 7-13. We went back the next day for the guided in-Home tour. It was fantastic and well worth the trip back. They only do this tour at 11 am on Thursday and Friday so be sure to get there early. Very informative and offered a lot of up close exploration of the first floor of both Edison homes and the ford home.
  • Nice well-preserved residences of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. A trip back in time. Took the audio tour. So did not get access to interior of the residences. Would have been nice. The laboratory is very interesting but you didn't get to see anything up close. Nice grounds beautiful setting
  • A must see in SW, Fl. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Take a guided tour or stroll on your own. Lots to see. It's easy to imagine the estates in times gone bye and how these two very influential men and their families lived in the late 1800's and up to 1932. Don't miss going to the the museum. It is packed with historical auto's and Edison inventions along with great information. I would have loved to fish their pier back then.
  • Took a family of four adults and two children under five and had a good two to three hours there. The estate is well preserved and the audio tour included gave quick facts. Did not even realize there was a museum section until we were leaving and employee told us. There was a lot more to see there.
  • Had such a great time! Went on the automated tour! Tip! Take a photo of the map at starting you will need it to resource. This my second trip. The first was 25 years ago and what a great job they do keeping up. Everything is still spot on. Cheers keep up the great work.

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