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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 51 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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Was looking forward to the tour and was advised to take the guided tour. Tour guide must have been new, because my husband and I ended up asking the questions to the mentor, walking at the back of the pack. My husband knew more about Ford than the tour guides wishes to say. Tour person in the lab was wonderful... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed touring this estate. Beautiful grounds, interesting museum and also interesting to learn that Edison predicted that we would need to find an alternative energy source instead of oil or coal. He suggested solar as being the most powerful energy source! Tell that the the Florida electric companies!

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Fort Myers
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

very EXPENSIVE, but a "must go" place. It is amazing what Henry Ford and Edison did for our country and the world....FAX, telegraph, automobile, light bulb, etc.

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Orlando
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Our last visit was in the 1980s, so the contrast with the current, improved site was remarkable. The air conditioned museum is very nice, good presentations that can be seen at a brisk pace or examined in more detail. The Edision and Ford houses have also been refurbished most successfully. Remember to check for reciprocal admission possibilities as we were... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We toured the estate using the audio self guiding tour. We could go at our own pace and look at things for as long as we liked. Original belongings to Edison and Ford on property. Lots of benches on the property, you can sit along the rivers edge and just imagine what it was like back in their day. Really... More

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a must see for history buffs. It is a glimpse into Edison and his life and early Ft Myers. I did a little preparation with my kids to inform them about Edison and others so they would be able associate. The book "Uncommon Friends" is a really good resource for that group of men who wintered here. I... More

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Shorewood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you like history you will love the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. You will see the interior of their homes, private gardens, laboratory where Edison, Ford and Firestone worked together and much more.

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WEST LOTHIAN
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Was disappointed by the Edison/Ford houses ,they could have been anybody's houses from that era as you peer through the windows. Gardens were beautiful and well manicured but be ready with the insect repellent or like me you will be eaten alive. Museum was interesting to a point ,too many exhibits that looked similar and the lab looked a mess... More

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Our nephew had visited here and recommended it. We are glad he did. We had a great visit. The grounds are beautiful. We did the self-guided audio tour which was informative and historically interesting. And the staff was great.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

We only had time to visit the museum and lab, but we spent quite a bit of time there. Amazing to learn just how much Thomas Edison contributed to what we have today. He was a pioneer in applied science, and this museum displays his contributions very well. We were especially awed by the phonographs and the quality of sound... More

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