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Fort Myers, Florida

Edison Festival of Light

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Celebrating the Wizard of Menlo Park

Combine the fun, sun and beaches of southwest Florida with the joy of scientific discovery in just one place. How is that possible? Thank Thomas Alva Edison. In 1885, after this great inventor had made his name for so many discoveries, he made Fort Myers Beach his winter home, where he spent every winter for the next 46 years. Today, the residents of this little Gulf Coast island community celebrate Edison's contributions to America and to their town. Every summer they hold a parade that kicks off a series of events. Show up anytime in the season and you can find the classic car show, the series of Crafts on the River fairs and even the Edison Garden Festival, with exotic and tropical plants for sale. More to the point, there is also the STEMastic Day and Festival ("STEM" stands for "science, technology, engineering and mathematics"), where adults and children alike can learn about the new, ground-breaking discoveries in the sciences. Be sure to visit the Inventors' Fair to see what the year after next may hold for you.

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