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Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Vacation Travel Guide

Explore the winterestates of two of the most famous men in American history. Tour their housesand gardens and learn more about their lives in the museum.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are one of the top attractions in Fort Myers. Scenically located on the Caloosahatchee River, the estates are minutes from downtown but also feel like their own little world. The compound consists of the adjacent winter homes of Henry Ford, of car and assembly line fame, and Thomas Alva Edison, electrical innovator.

Together, the estates make up 21 acres (8.5 hectares) of historic homes, museums and botanical gardens. Immerse yourself in the bygone era of the early 20th century and explore the lives of two of America’s most famous men.

Seminole Lodge, Edison’s winter estate, is immaculately preserved so you can experience it just as Edison did. As you explore the estate, imagine the great inventor thinking up his next great idea there. Wander through the various outbuildings to the shimmering blue pool.

In 1916, Henry Ford purchased the estate next door, The Mangoes, so that he could vacation with Edison. Explore the charming home and take a moment on the porch to admire the stunning riverfront view.The Estates Museum expertly documents the private lives of the two men. Learn about the history of Edison’s notable inventions. See an original Model T car that Ford gifted to Edison. Discover their exotic camping adventures with Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs.

Enter the lush and colorful paradise of Edison’s botanical gardens. The garden is home to over a thousand varieties of plants and flowers from all over the world. Don’t miss the spectacular banyan, a mythical-looking tree with roots that cascade down from its limbs.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer a variety of tour packages throughout the day. Whether you want to see the houses, the museums, the gardens, or everything, there is a package that is a perfect fit for you. The site also hosts special events such as concerts, car shows and film festivals. It is open every day throughout the year except for select holidays.

Top Hotels Close to Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
2.5 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $91 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated in Fort Myers, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edison and Ford Winter Estates and Centennial Park. Fort Myers Country Club and Edison Mall are also ...

3.9/5Good! (375 reviews)

"Good restaurant on site. No hot tub. Good parking. Poor availability of linens."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $289 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Located in Fort Myers River District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Florida Repertory Theater and Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Harborside Event Center ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"First class operation. Courteous staff. Try the Roof Top bar for sunset. Get the shrimp sliders!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
2135 Mc Gregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $205 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Fort Myers River District, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

4.7/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)

"The property was well maintained and close to the historic downtown. It was within easy driving distance of everything that we wanted to see in Fort Myers. The host was a great conversationalist and gave great information on places to visit. He was also an awesome chef, the breakfasts were amazing. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
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Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
2.5 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $91 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $289 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
2135 Mc Gregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $205 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast
W First Unit #102 - 2 Br Condo
W First Unit #102 - 2 Br Condo
3.5 out of 5
2165 W First St, #102, Fort Myers, FL
W First Unit #102 - 2 Br Condo
Beautiful 2-story Townhome w/ Balcony - Walk to River & Downtown
Beautiful 2-story Townhome w/ Balcony - Walk to River & Downtown
Fort Myers, FL
Beautiful 2-story Townhome w/ Balcony - Walk to River & Downtown
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
3.5 out of 5
1520 Broadway, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $127 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
2 out of 5
2038 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $159 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
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Bring your suitcase and start enjoying your Stay
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Bring your suitcase and start enjoying your Stay
Villa River Pearl
Villa River Pearl
Fort Myers, FL
Villa River Pearl
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