Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, Florida

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Jun 15 ~ Jun 21
As one of the most visited historic sites in America, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is like no other. Situated on more than 20 acres, the estates feature gardens, historical buildings, and a world-class Botanical Research Laboratory.

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Visitors Guide

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is an oasis for history buffs. It was once the winter retreat for Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and their families. Featuring historical artifacts and stories about some of the world's greatest inventors, visitors gain a greater understanding of why this site is considered a National Historic Landmark. The two were close friends and shared a desire for year-round comfort through innovations in electricity and transportation. Guests also experience spectacular botanical gardens that offer exotic plants from around the world as well as native species. The 90-year old royal palms that line McGregor Boulevard makes this a true tropical paradise.

When visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, you can tour Edison's and Ford's homes as well as their botanical research laboratory and gardens. You can also see and touch many of their personal belongings and experience what life was like for these two families in the early 20th century.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to tour Edison and Ford Winter Estates?

It takes approximately 1.25 to 1.5 hours for guided tours.

2. Was Thomas Edison friends with Henry Ford?

Yes. They were both best friends.

3. Is the facility accessible?

Yes. The facility is ADA accessible. Non-motorized wheelchairs are available to rent for free.

4. Are service animals permitted?

Yes. Service animals are welcome on the site. Pets and other animals are not allowed.

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