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“Wonderful place to visit on a beautiful day...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
+1 239-334-7419
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Ranked #1 of 100 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Troy, Michigan
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“Wonderful place to visit on a beautiful day...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We really loved and was in awe of Mr. Edison and all that he had accomplished. This was his winter home and later also became home to Mr. Ford on an adjoining property. We are from the Detroit area and in comparison to Greenfield Village and Museum this was much smaller scale, and also mostly about the Edisons; with some info about the Ford and Firestone families as well. Beautiful grounds to walk about and we were just shy of a few days to see it all lit up for the holidays. I would include this site on another visit to the area as it is not an all day event and can walk around as you please and/or go on a guided tour.

Visited November 2012
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“A must see at least once or twice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I have been through this 3 times with family visiting. Just for the history is well worth the money and time. The labortory was great! Nice gift shop and grounds too.

Visited January 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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“A Walk Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

If you are a big fan of Edison or Ford or simply into American history this is the place for you. I am history teacher and simply loved the place. My husband and I enjoyed the audio walk through where visitors are able to meander through the estate at their own place and still listen to neat facts. In addition, during the Christmas season the estate is lit up with lights at night. Well worth the visit!

Visited December 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“unmissable american history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Great area of Ft Myres , a colonial property perfect for history buffs and students . Take your kid's and give them a insight into one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century

Visited December 2012
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Toronto
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“Incredible preservation.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Get the audio tour, you won't be disappointed. We spent about 3 hrs there on a beautiful day. We started with a group of about 10 but soon dispersed at our own pace. If you get a human guide, you have to move at their pace, but with the audio device, you can move along at your own.
The quality of the displays and the decorating for Christmas definitely helped us enjoy this combined site immensely.

Visited December 2012
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