Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Edison-Ford Winter Estates


The Thomas Edison and Henry Ford estates are historic landmarks in Fort Myers. Edison first built his Fort Myers home in 1886 and used this home as his winter retreat until 1931. His good friend Henry Ford became his next-door neighbor in 1915. The estates are now owned by the City of Fort Myers and the public may tour the homes, Edison’s laboratory, and the museum in which various memorabilia are housed. You may also tour the 14-acre tropical botanical gardens originally developed by Edison and his wife, which feature a great variety of plants, flowers and trees imported from all over the world, including a huge Banyan tree from India. On select days, you can take a narrated river cruise. The facility also offers gift shops and a cafe.

Official Website

Edison-Ford Winter Estates


2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901




Art or Museum - Attraction


In Fort Myers, On McGregor near downtown Fort Myers

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Area Information

Fort Myers

Fort Myers, also known as the City of Palms, is the historical heart of Southwest Florida. Visitors to the Fort Myers area will enjoy family attractions, golf, boating, shopping and dining. Fort Myers is the home of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates , built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s; tours of these estates and gardens are a top attraction in Fort Myers. During March, visitors come to see the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins spring training. For more information, please see our Fort Myers Travel Guide.