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“Change of Pace” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Ranked #1 of 111 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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Geraldton, Canada
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60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Change of Pace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

A nice change after long lines at other attractions, the spring brake people are still here but they were not at the museum on this day. We enjoyed a leisurely 3 hours waddling around on a bright warm spring day trying unsuccessfully to see and read everything. I thought it was a bit steep @ $20.00 ea. for a self guided tour but there are 20 acres for them to maintain so maybe I'm just me being cheap. So do go and enjoy.

Visited March 2013
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Amherst
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102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Very historic and very interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Edison's genius is everywhere at this estate. Wonderful setting on the river. No access to interior but porches provide excellent views. Edison family still owns all the furnishings and artifacts, hence limited interior access, but don't allow that to stop you.

Visited March 2013
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Fairfax County, Virginia
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67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“We are museum members”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This makes a great day trip for you and you kids/grandchildren. Even when the say they don't want to go, the always have had a good time and they actually learn somethimg each time. The only problem: the throngs of people who go there as well and the lines to get tickets. If it is possible, don't go during spring break time!

Visited March 2013
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Ft. Lauderdale
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100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful museum.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was one of the best museums I have been to. So informative. You can choose a guide or go alone. And each room has a video with close caption. It was so interesting. A MUST SEE

Visited March 2013
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Burlington, Vermont
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Pricey but pretty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We opted for the self guided audio tour $20 per adult, which was great. The signs provide more info though. Loved the Ford house, can I move in? Great stroll through gardens and exhibits, great to sit and take in the river view.

Visited March 2013
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