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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 53 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Roodhouse, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We went to the Estates to see the beautiful surroundings. We decided to take the audio tour and then ventured on our own. It was quite interesting to hear all about Edison and Ford. Some things I didn't care about but it was wonderful to check it all out and do it at our own pace. We did stumble across... More

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iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Have been to the Edison & Ford estates several times. Truly a beautiful estate to tour. The grounds, trees, flowers and scenery are so well kept and relaxing to walk through. So much history to see and read about as you wander throughout the estate area, Very beautiful at Christmas time and the prices to tour the estate are very... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect, but the Estates are amazing. The organization, facilities, and displays are first class. We did the self- guided audio tour which allowed us to pick what we wanted to see and set our own pace. The audio tour is well done and allows you to skip around and take things in any order. However, I'm... More

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Margate, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I highly recommend getting on of the guided tours. While the audio tours are fine for only $5 more you can actually do both. If you are going in the hot summer months I also recommend going early in the day. Do the guided tour first, cool off in the air-conditioned museum and then you can do the audio tour... More

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Jacksonville FL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the Edison & Ford Estates when we traveled to Ft. Myers. Since we have a membership with another museum that has a reciprocal agreement we were able to get in for free and also get the Audio Wands for free. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

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