Edison & Ford Winter Estates

For one of the best weekend getaways in Florida, make a trip to the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford! Sitting next to the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates transports you to turn-of-the-century America.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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During your visit to this museum in South Florida contains acres of botanical gardens, a laboratory, the actual museum, and a Garden Shoppe. Additionally, you can also take tours of Edison and Ford’s actual homes! Not many museums in Florida are this detailed.

Inside the residences, you will see artifacts of their lives, their caretakers’ cottages, and their shared swimming pool complex. Afterward, stroll through the 20 acres of gardens with towering Ficus trees they planted together.

The Laboratory showcases featured equipment from the Edison Botanic Research Corporation. Edison and Ford were trying to find an alternative for America’s dependence on rubber. With this in mind, the American Chemistry Society designated this site a National Historic Chemical Landmark, the only one in Florida.

Once inside the museum, you’ll see featured exhibits of more artifacts from these two innovative American icons. Notably, see the Model T that Ford gifted Edison on his birthday. After, at the Smithsonian Spark!Lab, get hands-on experiences in STEM activities. This is where visitors become inventors.