Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
4.5
Historic SitesGardensHistory 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Brando62
    Saint Paul, Minnesota330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always a Great Time
    Always a great time, learn something new each time I’ve been here. This was my 4th time, and is a great way to spend 2-3 hours on a self guided tour of the houses, grounds and museums. There is no damage from the recent hurricane so go and enjoy.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 8, 2023
  • jc795
    United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Interesting!
    This is an interesting place in a beautiful setting. Surprisingly, the estate recieved very little hurricane damage, so it still is in perfect condition. The houses and grounds are kept in great condition and the staff were all helpful and very friendly. The only downside is you aren't able to walk around inside the homes, you can only peek inside over a glass barrier. Other than that, its a great way to spend an afternoon, espcially if the weather is nice. Also, the little cafe near the front entrance makes some great drinks! :)
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 19, 2023
  • edcinpa
    West Chester, Pennsylvania5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Winter Estates of Thomas Edision and Henry Ford
    Friends in Bonita Springs suggested this as an interesting afternoon diversion. It was very worthwhile. Our tour guide Bailey was excellent. She was knowledgeable, friendly and upbeat. I hadn’t realized that Edison and Ford were close friends and that Ford originally worked for Edision in Ohio. Both were extraordinarily successful people if not a little quirky as human beings. You are treated to their summer homes, Edison’s rubber research laboratory as well as several operating Model T cars and trucks. The site also houses the largest Banyan tree in the continental U.S.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Paula S
    Sevierville, Tennessee102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative tour
    We enjoyed our self guided tour of the grounds and the estate. It was very pretty and informative. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because the app they had us use for the tour was not working properly for 2 of us (out of 4), and we thought the tour was a little overpriced.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Anne D
    Key West, Florida7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVED This Place!
    Would never have gone but for accompanying out of town guests. This place is FABULOUS! We did the self guided tour. Beautiful grounds, interesting exhibits; a must do experience if you are visiting Fort Myers. It is NOT boring!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Karen C
    Winter Haven, Florida165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    We had a tour with Fred and learned so much about Edison and Ford. The museum itself had many rooms of different items related to Edison. We even saw his laboratory. We learn the process to get “Rubber”. Then our group followed Fred across the street to tour the estates. There also were flowers and plants for sale in the botanical garden at bargain prices! Plan to get there early and spend at least a half day. They also had a cafe there for lunch. It was a wonderful way to spend time and learn about these two famous men.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Gary R
    The Villages, Florida722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great attraction to memorialize great minds
    Great collection of mementos & inventions of two individuals who dramatically contributed to improving our everyday lifestyles. We had a guide today who did an excellent job narrating our tour & keeping us in tow. Great history of Thomas Edison & Henry Ford’s friendship throughout their lives, as well as preserving an insurmountable number of historical artifacts attributed to the two. The pair’s winter estates include the original houses as they existed on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Ft. Myers. This is a must see when come to Ft. Myers area and/or a good reason the go there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • AlbeM
    United States327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historical site
    I went to Edison and Ford Winter Estates during a trip to Fort Myers. I took a guided tour which was approximately $30. Our tour guide who called himself an historian😊, provided a lot of good insights regarding the lives of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and kept us engaged during the entire tour. It was approximately 100 degrees outside that day but he managed to keep us in the shades most of the tour. You’re not allowed to go inside the homes but you can peek through the doors/windows. After the tours which was approximately an hour and a half, I went back inside the museum to visit some of the exhibits of Edison and Ford. I also visited the grounds which are well maintained and beautiful. I could have spent a whole day there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • LL
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful!!!
    I had to get out of the house and do something I would enjoy. I had a reciprocal membership with a botanical garden. The self guided tour, views and staff provided way more than I bargained for! It was just lovely. Gardens, history, water, and much more! The self guided app was awesome! And sweet Nancy in the gift shop was so welcoming and friendly! Yeah, NH! This is just a MUST! And close to the lovely downtown waterfront. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • melissajv
    Maryville, Illinois117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Windows into the Past
    Beautiful area. Great information about Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford. The grounds are well maintained and the information about the houses and museum is easily accessible. The window into the past was fun and educational. The banyan tree alone is worth the ticket. Read the signs, listen to the audio tour. It makes the tour even more enjoyable!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
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JRDURANTE
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Mar 2020
We love the museum and have been there at least 4 times and we give it a 5 star review. However, on the last visit with 2 other couples in April 2020, we all purchased a yearly pass which also gave us entry rights to numerous museums across the country. Thanks to the Covid, as seniors we have not left our homes except to obtain essential supplies. I called the museum and asked about an extension for when the virus is finally shut down. They said the only thing they "could do" was to apply a 2 month extension to our existing pass. - Quite unfair! Do not purchase a yearly pass until the virus is over - their compassion for the situation does not merit it.
Written November 12, 2020
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Nari K
Gainesville, VA371 contributions
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Jan 2020
We landed around Noon in Fort Myers on a Saturday and the hotel room wasn't ready. This was a nice two to three hour visit that we are glad we made. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Firestone seemed to have become friends due to common interests in Automobiles, Electricity and Tires/Rubber. This Winter Estate is where they spent their time away from New Jersey while engaging in interesting experiments in Science and nature Exploration. They were interested in seeing whether the Florida weather is good for growing trees in the US that could supply Rubber for tires and Edison was experimenting with innovations at the same time. All of their activities are displayed here in a musuem setting and their houses and gardens can also be seen during this visit. If you cannot wait for the next guided tour (about an hour apart), you can just grab a map and follow the numbered spots on the map while reading short explanations about what you are seeing. Top it off with a visit to the Ford Shoppe where you can get gifts and Ice Cream! We visited the Edison and Ford Shoppe in the Bell Tower mall in Fort Myers. Lots of interesting Gift Ideas there also. Visit the gift shoppe first if you want to get a $1 each admission ticket. It is a bit pricey but we enjoyed the trip so much that it was worth it. Nice views of the bay from everywhere on the estates. Will visit again!
Written January 23, 2020
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,838 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
We spent amazing few hours exploring The Estates and the accompanied complex of gardens. We bought 11AM guided tour costing $30 per person and worth the expense. We had some time before the guided tour began and visited the museum, garden shoppe, historic research garden. We admired the legendary banyan tree and took photos with hero-size of Mr and Mrs Ford. For those interested there are many interesting plants for sale available.
The tour was run by a very knowledgeable and entertaining docent Maxine. After crossing McGregor Blvd we migrated from Ford’s to Edison’s Estate. Maxine provided extensive information and answered a lot of questions in a very interactive style.
After the tour was officially over we were able to spend some time in lovely gardens and park as well as walk the River Walk along the wide Caloosahatchee River before we slowly migrated for a late lunch to Pinchers at the Marina.
This guided tour is a must for all history buffs interested in our famous inventors.
Written March 5, 2020
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Kevin H
Minneapolis, MN23 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Family
Visited with our 3 kids, 18, 13 and 8. Our tour guide was fantastic, informative, engaging and clear. The tour was just over and hour and everyone in our group enjoyed it the grounds are fun to walk, the houses, lab and museum are sure worth the time and money. Our youngest kids were front and center to hear everything!
Written March 13, 2020
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195508Anonymous
257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on a cool, slightly windy day in March. We decided to do the guided tour and had a wonderful retired teacher named David. He provided many anecdotes about Edison and Ford and knew quite a bit about the history of the homes and both Edison and Henry Ford. The Museum alone is fantastic and has many interesting exhibits about Edison's life, inventions, career and family. The movie about the 10 years of camping trips taken by Edison, Ford and others throughout the US were great. Overall this is well worth the price of admission for any American history buff.
Written March 8, 2020
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Samson17
Sheldon, IA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Definitely stop here and spend part of your day learning about Ford and Edison! You get to see inside their homes and learn SO much information, from what their personalities were like to how they spent their time at these homes to what they were like as businessmen. I am not what you would call a history buff- my husband is so I initially went for him; but I found myself fascinated by the entire experience! We would definitely recommend taking the guided tour around the grounds; you will learn SO much more than if you just do a self-guided tour. Our guide was a former teacher and he was super knowledgeable and held your interest throughout the entire one hour spent with him!
Written March 3, 2021
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Hannah G
London, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We visited on a hot June day, managed to get the last tickets on the 11.00 tour and it was well worth the extra money. Our guide explained the history of the area as well as the history of both the Edison and Ford families in Fort Myers. You move around the estate and our guide worked hard to ensure we always stopped in the shade rather than the blazing sun. We learned a lot of really interesting information and got to see the grounds and that both families lived on and into the houses (you aren’t allowed inside to protect them). There is also a huge museum on the site as well as an adjoining restaurant (which gave us free Key Lime because of our entrance wrist bands - it was delicious!). I would definitely recommend a visit here to see a bit of history and to see the beautiful houses, gardens and water front.
Written June 23, 2022
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Dale F
Peoria, AZ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Beautiful place. We took the homes tour for $50. We thought it was worth the price, but it is hard to know what the $30 guided tour is like. Those people get to look into the bottom floor of the homes but not see all of the details. However, I assume they got all of the same stories. The home tour included going to the upstairs of one of the homes, but there really wasn't anything up there. We also did the self-guided tour with the app, and I would say to definitely pay the extra $5 for the guided tour even if you don't do the full homes tour.
Written February 17, 2020
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austindsw
Austin, TX18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
The only difficulty we had was finding parking when we got there but if you look for the giant sign over the street it will point you to the parking. There is a guided tour for $30 and self-guided for $25 which you use your phone for. The exhibits Chronicle the life of Edison and Ford with a plethora of their inventions overtime and exhibits. The guided tour takes you across the street to the residences and discussion of the grounds and plants. All in all this was very educational and fun experience if you’re in this part of Florida.

Written January 29, 2021
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Dave P
Appleton, WI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Spending time in the museum was very interesting, the actual grounds of the two estates has a lot of history. We enjoyed the tour guide and despite only being on the job 7 months was pretty fluent the key elements to share. This tour was worth the price, recommend the guided tour for an additional $5.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time to explore the grounds and museum after the guided tour. We arrived late afternoon and were time limited after the tour.
Written March 9, 2022
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