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“A first class museum”

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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$32.50*
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History and Eco River Cruise
Ranked #1 of 123 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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The grounds were the best part of the visit for us. Every tree and plant was clearly labeled with Latin and common name and place of origin. They have the second largest banyan tree in the world. The grounds were very well maintained and we saw not a speck of trash. There is lots of shade and places to sit. The staff were very friendly and you can go on a self guided audio tour or pay $5 and have a tour guide. We did the grounds first and the museum last when it was hotter out. Both the Edison and Ford houses were well furnished with period items. We spent four hours on our visit and could have spent more time looking at the museum and laboratory but we decided to save some for a return visit.

Thank KurtSrq
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This provides a lovely outing when we have visitor's to our Cape Coral condo. We have been there many times and will go back anytime we have someone who hasn't seen it. It's a great mix of pleasant surroundings, history, knowledge! A step back in time! Enchanting!

1  Thank PJHS1953
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a good place to take your family to see some of how America spent their free time. The grounds are well maintained and have lots of trees and foliage planted by the original owners. It's easily walkable but didn't notice a lot of handicap accessible areas for the exhibits. Maybe on the opposite side of the buildings? The exhibits are well done and either a self guided tour with a hand phone or a traditional guided tour are offered. (There is a $5 difference in price.) It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to see the exhibits depending on speed/crowds. The place is a little hard to find by the directions on their website. I mapped it myself and found a better route. Nice day out as we had river breezes to temper the heat.

1  Thank chezvira
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This beautifully restored property is a must see. Take a trip into the past, when all things seemed possible and people like the Fords, Edisons and Firestones were making them happen.

Thank JimnPat
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Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

such an amazing thing to see. some one who worked so hard and never gave up on his goals and dreams! bring friends, family, school trips, its perfect for everyone. it takes you back to a time where every thing looks untouched.

Thank Linds-lulu
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