- Museums, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are home base for history buffs who visit the area. The two American innovators – Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric light bulb and the phonograph and Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile – were good friends who built their winter homes next to each other about a mile south of downtown Fort Myers. Dating back to the early 1900s, the historic estates are now on display for visitors. Along with the grand homes, the grounds also include a botanical garden (with trees planted by Edison himself), a research laboratory and a museum with hundreds of artifacts and inventions from the entrepreneurs. Guided and self-guided tours are available
The estates are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). The cost of admission depends on the type of tour you sign up for; the garden tour is separate from the homes, museum and laboratory admission. Certain tours, such as the garden tour or a behind the scenes tour are only available once a week. Prices range from $12 to $50 for adults and $5 to $20 for children ages 6 to 12. According to recent visitors, the price of admission is a little high, but worth it for those who are interested in the history of either inventor. For more information on prices and tour times, visit the organization's website.
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