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Edison and Ford Winter Estates Tours

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Step back into old Florida, and explore the estates of two of the United States’ most prominent men. Registered as National Historic sites, the buildings and beautifully landscaped lawns of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates tell stories of early Florida as well as the lives and times of the inventors.

The Basics
A must for first-time visitors to this stretch of the Florida coast, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates rank among Fort Myers’ most popular attractions. Choose a self-guided tour with help from the free Edison Ford app, or an hour-long historian-led walk through the estates. Tickets give you access to the homes, the museum, and the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. 

Themed tours focus on topics like the Edison Ford automobile collection or closed-off areas of the winter estate homes, and sightseeing cruises along the Caloosahatchee River depart from the on-site marina.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours are available in English, Spanish, French, and German.
  • Most visitors spend two to three hours at the estates and gardens.
  • The estates are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and wheelchairs are available to use for free.

How to Get There
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are centrally located in the Fort Myers River District, within easy walking distance of several other top attractions. Free parking is available.

When to Get There
The grounds are usually open daily, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the holiday season, the estates host a popular display, complete with twinkling lights and historic decorations.

Edison Botanic Research Laboratory
A highlight of the property is the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory, where Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone once worked on a project to grow and produce rubber in the United States. Much of the lab remains as it was, including the chemical processing area, machine shop, and darkroom.
Address: 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 33901, USA
Admission: Varies
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Sunset River Cruise from Fort Myers

Sunset River Cruise from Fort Myers

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You can watch the sunset in Fort Myers from the land, but one of the best ways to see it is from the water. During this sunset cruise along the Caloosahatchee River, your captain stops your boat at a place known for its stunning sunset views. You can also purchase drinks on board (own expense), or just relax as you cruise.
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Fort Myers Scavenger Hunt: His Greatest Invention

Fort Myers Scavenger Hunt: His Greatest Invention

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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