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Edison & Ford Winter Estates

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Address: 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone Number: +1 239-334-7419
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy...
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy seeing the winter residences of famous inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. There are historical buildings, award-winning gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Inventors Museum. The museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits. Edison Ford offers many tour options, including special "Inside the Homes" and "Inside the Laboratory" Tours on select days. The audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German and French. Historian led tours are also offered in German and Spanish on select days. Group tours can be arranged in advance. River cruises are offered daily and dining options are available, including waterfront dining.
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Great tour of these estates, I suggest you do the self tour, you get a hand held recorder, you can take your own time on things that interest you instead of being having to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Great tour of these estates, I suggest you do the self tour, you get a hand held recorder, you can take your own time on things that interest you instead of being having to go with the crowd, and it's cheaper too. Well worth the time if your into antiques & restoration.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

One of the best places to visit in the area. Plan on spending at least half a day. Great history and beautiful grounds.

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Panama City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Remember the past and think of the history and the fact you are looking at the actual buildings, furniture, trees and views. This is truly a pleasant way to spend half a day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Having toured many stately homes throughout the world, and also many museums, I was expecting more, and this place didn't deliver. In a nutshell, it was a couple of homes -- not all that stately or interesting -- that you could only peer into thru open doors and windows. The home were surrounded by many exotic plants, trees, and shrubs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited here on our way to Ft Myers. At the time they were running a special and we were able to see the grounds and art museum for free. This included a ride in the shuttle bus. Due to time, we were not able to see the whole grounds, but will return again. Definitely family friendly,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We visited recently with our 3 children (14,12 and 9). The 14 and 12 year olds have no interest in going to museums, but the 9 year old loves it. Unfortunately the 14 and 12 year olds also count as adults so I have to pay full whack for them to walk round staring at their phones! I would really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This visit to do it the right way should take two to three hours. I had no idea it was even there until I looked up things to do in Ft. Myers, As you see, it is rated number one and I totally agree, If you are into American History this is a very good place to spend some time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It is amazing to see how close these two inventors were at a time when competition was so strong in our country. The docent tour is a must if you have time; otherwise the audio is helpful. The labs, museum, gardens and homes are wonderful examples of how the upper crust lived back in the day. To do justice to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We took the guided tour and were not disappointed. To learn about Thomas Edison and his inventions and his friendship with Henry Ford was so interesting. There was more to both these men than I knew. The grounds are beautiful and after the tour we walked around the estates on our own.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is a nice look into the past of these two great inventors. We did the self audio tour, which allowed us to go at our own pace, while getting the highlights. The actual residences are only seen on the main level. Edison's lab was very interesting and the museum was a must see. Take the time to read the... More 

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