Edison and Ford Winter Estates Tours
Read MoreShow Less
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.
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
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Edison and Ford Winter Estates?
The best ways to experience Edison and Ford Winter Estates are:See all Edison and Ford Winter Estates experiences on Viator.
Things to do near Fort Myers
- Things to do in Florida
- Things to do in Naples
- Things to do in Sarasota
- Things to do in St Petersburg
- Things to do in Tampa
- Things to do in Clearwater
- Things to do in Boca Raton
- Things to do in Everglades National Park
- Things to do in West Palm Beach
- Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
- Things to do in Miami
- Things to do in Orlando
- Things to do in Key West
- Things to do in Grand Bahama Island
- Things to do in New Providence Island