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“What an interesting time spent”

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Ranked #1 of 119 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 8, 2013

We really enjoyed the grounds. The weather was perfect. The leisurely time around the grounds was so relaxing. We saw the houses and the Lab. The area is such a wonderful place to be living. I hope to go back.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

A fascinating and interesting museum giving an insight into the prolific development created by one individual. The houses and grounds are extremely well maintained and interesting to explore. But leave plenty of time to explore the museum behind the gift shop.

Thank Nigel N
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

While in Fort Meyers we had occassion to go to a classic car and boat show held at this location....what a treat! We not only enjoyed the car and boat exhibit but had a chance to enjoy the Ford and Edison homes and property as well. This should be a high priority site to add too your Fort Meyers "To Do List".

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is a beautiful place full of fascinating displays and anecdotes. Don't rent the audio tour devices. The narrative is sketchy and repetitive and the "cues" for listening are poorly placed and not linked to what you hear. Confusing. You don't need a tour guide; just walking around and reading the documentation provides a great experience.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We were here 20 years ago and all is much improved. Edison's museum was fascinating--lots of original inventions unknown to most people. Houses are a good view of FL in the 20s AND 30s. Ford memorabilia is there but it is more about Edison. The A&E movie takes some time but worth the investment to get a picture of Edison's life. We were pleasantly surprised. Spent a full morning and early afternoon there. Don't miss his talking doll and the 75,000 watt lightbulb--two of my favorites.

Thank yahootraveler64
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