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Fort Myers, Florida

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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The Winter Homes of American Icons

Go back more than a century in history, when Thomas Alva Edison was called the "Wizard of Menlo Park" and Henry Ford was bringing automobiles - and jobs - to millions. This historical site and park is where these men, and their families, came to spend their winters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The beautiful, well-preserved homes, grounds and gardens provide a view of this special age of Florida history, as well as an opportunity for a relaxing day. Daily guided tours (or, if you wish, self-guided tours with Audio Wands) cover about a mile and take approximately an hour - be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Visitors can also stroll through Edison's garden or take river cruises on the Caloosahatchee River, with views of the rookery, dolphins and manatees. Museum and garden shops, as well as picnic areas, are also available.

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