Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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Explore the winter estates of two of the most famous men in American history. Tour their houses and 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

Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
3 out of 5
13021 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL
The price is $179 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of North Fort Myers, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Harborside Event Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Centennial Park and Edison and ...
4/5 Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Excellent staff, close to restaurants and shopping. Short drive to sites and free trolley to downtown."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $204 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (502 reviews)
"The property was clean and the room was quiet. It was a short ride to stores, restaurants, and bars. The pool is well cared for and a nice size. An improvement would be to offer continental breakfast."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
The Hibiscus House B&B
The Hibiscus House B&B
3.5 out of 5
2135 Mc Gregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL
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The price is $228 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Fort Myers River District, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
"Awesome!! The staff were gracious and accommodating. What set them apart is their attentiveness to details. They friendship is sincere. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your opening your home and making us feel at home. Thank you."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

The Hibiscus House B&B
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Best Lodging Options Near Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
3 out of 5
13021 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL
The price is $179 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $204 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
The Hibiscus House B&B
The Hibiscus House B&B
3.5 out of 5
2135 Mc Gregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $228 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
The Hibiscus House B&B
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
2 out of 5
2038 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Villa River Pearl
Villa River Pearl
Fort Myers, FL
Villa River Pearl
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $399 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
The Edison at Midtown
The Edison at Midtown
2.5 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL
The Edison at Midtown
10623 Vicenza Ct
10623 Vicenza Ct
4 out of 5
10623 Vicenza Ct, Fort Myers, FL
10623 Vicenza Ct
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