Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers: Hours, Address, Edison and Ford Winter Estates Reviews: 4.5/5

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Visitors to the Edison and 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 Inventions 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-Lab" Tours on select days. The audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German and French. Historian led tours are also offered in German on select days. Group tours can be arranged in advance.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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JAMES H
3 contributions
Jan 2022
beautiful estate and information was new to me. easy parking. Interesting plants. A lot of history from long ago about some very important Americans.
Written January 15, 2022
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James M
Augusta, ME237 contributions
Jan 2022
There are so many things to enjoy at this well-run and well-maintained site. The riverside scenery is lovely, the buildings are beautiful and in excellent condition, and there are substantiol plantings and gardens even away from the homes--which have lots of them around. I would definitely second the advice from others to wear comfortable shoes--you will do a lot of walking, though the land is pretty flat. There are two stores, and I liked the variety of postcards available--quite a few of the older ones are available for just a dime!
One small quibble: the website pushes you to buy tickets online--but when I did that, it did not take the coupon code I had, not give me a chance to add it. The next time, I would pay there and make sure it was entered in.
Written January 12, 2022
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Beth43323
Minneapolis, MN72 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Our extended family was in Fort Myers for a wedding, over a few days several members (25-90 yrs) visited and enjoyed this large museum and property. I thought the museum was very well done, noting many aspects of Edison and Ford’s entrepreneurial histories. The grounds and buildings across the street are nice, there should be improved signage for the main museum entrance as well as orientation maps outside the many separate buildings. Figure on spending at least two hours. The annual membership deal is good for larger groups like ours.
Written January 11, 2022
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LuvMex828
Sheboygan Falls, WI213 contributions
Jan 2022
First off, the location is not well marked, we pulled into the driveway with the ornate gate which was not correct. There is sufficient parking and there are plant specimens near the parking lots.
The gate admission felt a little steep.
The museum gave insight into the lives of these 2 men and their families who made this area their winter residence.
The actual houses are not that big, and the rooms can be viewed from the porch.
The plant specimens are nicely labeled, providing an opportunity to see exotic species without leaving the country.
Written January 8, 2022
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Lizzy Katheran W
5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Neat way to look into the past and try to imagine what the area and estate were like 100 yrs ago. We spent about an hour here, my favorite part were the wax cylinder recordings at the Edison side and I would have loved to hear one played. You can get an audio tour by scanning a QR code at the visitors center, but I didn't. Beautiful grounds with many lovely plants to see and smell with a nice breeze coming off the river. Only a couple of porch stairs for those with limited mobility, no access to the 2nd floors of the homes. Really great tropical nursery next to the visitors center too!! When coming in from the NW on McGregor, park and pay on the left and walk across the street to the actual estate.
Written January 6, 2022
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Mary C
7 contributions
Dec 2021
The whole family enjoyed learning about the lives of Edison and Ford and their contributions for our American way of life. The Christmas lights were beautiful.
Written January 3, 2022
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Lmirkes
Oswego, IL160 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Amazing place, great history, so much to see and learn! We've been several times, but my favorite time to go is during Christmas to see the holiday light display!
Written January 2, 2022
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Angelique L
Escanaba, MI341 contributions
Dec 2021
The Estates are well cared for, but you can only see so much from a distance. Most areas are roped so far back you cannot see much and the entire second story of both residences is closed. The museum is very interesting if you want to read a lot. They were fascinating men. The Christmas decorations were beautiful.
Written December 29, 2021
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Mark B
4 contributions
Dec 2021
In my opinion a way to separate unknowing tourists and their money. $25 per adult to walk around the grounds and peer into the Edison and Ford houses, which are nothing special.
Written December 24, 2021
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Maureen M
3 contributions
Dec 2021
Great place to visit and learn more about the history of Ford and Edison. Watch for their special events and holiday gatherings. Well worth a membership to stay up to date about upcoming events!
Written December 22, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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