Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

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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 Henry Ford and Thomas Edison winter homes in Ft. Myers is well worth your time to visit while in Ft. Myers. We did not know what to expect, but I would recommend having a guided tour of the two.....  more
    The Henry Ford and Thomas Edison winter homes in Ft. Myers is well worth your time to visit while in Ft. Myers. We did not know what to expect, but I would recommend having a guided tour of the two.....  more »
  • I went as part of a group tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! I was slightly disappointed that you only get to see the inside of the houses through open windows. There is an extra charge.....  more
    I went as part of a group tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! I was slightly disappointed that you only get to see the inside of the houses through open windows. There is an extra charge.....  more »
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  • Chase was amazing. He has been doing tours for a short time, but he was brilliant with this guide. Chase was knowledgeable, smart, funny, and well informed. He was just as much of the attraction as the property themselves. The 2 go hand in hand. I suggest making Chase one of the attractions. He was as good as any tour guide that we have ever had in any locale, and he has less than 6 months experience .Thank you Chase!!!
  • Loved our visit here. We paid the $30 for the guided tour and we loved it. Our guide was fantastic, informative, funny. For us it was well worth it. Tip: the gift shop by the houses is better than the one by the museum, in my opinion. The only thing we wished was that we had a tour of the museum too, our guided tour only took us to the houses. But the museum is FULL of great stuff, we wished we had more time to read all the info!

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