Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Fort Myers is the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Inventor Thomas Edison began ... More
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Fort Myers is the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Inventor Thomas Edison began wintering along the Caloosahatchee River in 1886. In 1916, Edison's friend Henry Ford built his winter home, Mangoes, next door. Both are open to the public and include Edison's botanical gardens and laboratory (just as Edison left it), the largest banyan tree in Florida and a museum. Guided tours are required. Admission is USD12 for adults, USD5.50 for children. The historic electrical boat river tour costs an additional USD4.
Tour director funny, funny guy. Interesting place. More history than I could take in. Beautiful grounds. Pleasant. Very relaxing. Cheerful employees. Somehow attracts down to earth touristas from around the world. Wanna go back. Encourage you to read about place before first visit. For you gear heads, ditch first tour so you can tour museum unencumbered.
I loved the historic homes. You may go at your own pace, but if you want to view the lab, you'll have to wait for the tour guide. It will be posted when the next tour is. The giftshop has great gifts and you can also buy plants that have been grown on the property.
The only drawback is that it can be very hot in the summer!
We visited with my family in July 2005 and really regretted it! It cost $16/person for admission and was not worth it!
The tour involved an uninteresting walk past the Edison winter home (which was under rennovation so you couldn't go inside) and tiny Ford home. They didn't even give a tour of the Edison laboratory and I learned more history from the museum that adjoined the gift shop.
In my opinion, the best part of the experience was looking at the plants and trees on the estate which included an amazingly huge banyan tree (largest in the US, 2nd largest in the world) and the interesting trees (pond apple, mango, lychee, hanging sausage, bamboo) that were scattered through the estate. Aside from pointing out a few of the trees, the tour guide didn't cover these.
This attraction is historic, but is not run by the national park service! And the fee they charge is ridiculous. Unless you're a huge fan of Ford or Edison, I'd give this a miss!
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