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Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-334-7419
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Ranked #2 of 52 attractions in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Owner description: Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research... more » Owner description: Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Estates Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Estates Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Huntington Beach
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Fort Myers, Florida: Several hours are needed to tour the full site. Start early in the morning when they open at the Home side of the property then as the weather heats up move to the museum in the air conditioned building. Lots to learn & beautifully maintained.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We spent almost 3 hours exploring the homes, grounds, and museum. There are a lot of interesting things to see and hear. We did the audio tour. It usually costs $20 and we used our CAA card to get a $1.00 discount on each ticket. The homes are on the river so you get a slight breeze, but when you... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A very nice collection of thoughts, buildings, films and remnants of both men's amazing lives! The first day we arrived at museum it was around noon. Thunder and rain arrived shortly thereafter and so did lightning, unfortunately. Shut the grounds down. Came back the next day as the staff gladly exchanged tickets. We did the guided tour. Our guide was... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We like to tour botanical gardens and historical places, this place fit the bill. The buildings are preserved nicely and the self-tour is worth it. Too bad we couldn't see the upper levels of the homes. It was a hot day, so we didn't spend as much time as I would've liked. So much to see!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I would not take small children as they do not understand the impact of Ford, Edison or Firestone had on our lives.The inventions are cool to see,the houses are nice to see also.I would not go in the summer as it is too hot walking around,but will be back in the fall.Interesting things to see,but I like historical places to... More

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Bought tickets and got to tour both estates and the Garage of Fords that had a few cars i it. It also inicluded the Museum. Very Interesting and wonderful tour.

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Tampa, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Moving to Florida from the D.C. area, one experiences somewhat of a culture shock...(or should I say, a "lack of culture" shock)! I think FL sorely lacks quality, educational, and historical attractions so I was thrilled to find the Edison/Ford estate and was pleasantly surprised at how very well done it was! The homes and the grounds have been beautifully... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We all know about Thomas Edison and his lightbulb. This estate has a museum with hundreds of Edisons inventions, his laboratory and his house. There is also a botanical garden. Next to the Edison estate is the Henry Ford estate which is part of the tour which is extremely informative. Not your usual museum so if you are museum shy,... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The winter homes of these icons is a step back in time to a place that barely resembles modern day Florida. Housed built to avoid fire and maximize ventilation in the absence of AC. Grounds filled with interesting plants, navigated by knowledgable guides. A glimpse into how the rich and powerful (and smart) vacationed a century ago. Beautifully decorated at... More

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Sebastian, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We could have spent all day on the bench overlooking the river. So peaceful. The grounds are immaculate. The houses are beautiful and thought provoking. The lab and museum are incredibly interesting. Amazing the inventions these men came up with. Overall a great job is being done at this historic place.

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