Welcome
Welcome
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House and the Ford House.
Car Exhibit Registration

Edison Ford Annual Antique Exhibitor
Regular Price: $20.00
Additional: $10.00
Show your antique car(s) at the most beautiful location in Lee County, riverside on the Henry Ford Winter Estate lawn. Edison Ford, is excited to invite you to be a part of the Edison Ford Annual Antique Car Exhibition. Sponsorship packets and one boxed lunch are provided for each vehicle owner. Dash plaques will be given to each participant. There will be overall "Best in Show" trophies, door prizes and live music. Saturday, February 3, 2018

Specifications for entry:
  • The car(s) must not be any newer than 1980
  • Must be a Ford product
  • This is an exhibition only
Registration:
  • Deadline for pre-registration is January 31, 2018 - 5 p.m.
  • Space is limited to the first 150 cars registered.
  • Pre-registration is $20 for one car and $10 for each additional car. This includes admission into Edison Ford for the registered participant and one passenger.
  • Parking begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018.
  • One boxed lunch will be provided per registration. A food vendor will be onsite for additional food options not included in registration.
  • Door prizes will be given
  • You must stay inside the gates and parked until the end of the exhibition at 2:00 p.m.
  • For more information contact Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419
Session Exhibitor Registration: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 7:30AM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Ford Mustang Exhibition Exhibitor
Regular Price: $15.00
Additional: $5.00
Show your Mustang at the beautiful location in Lee County, riverside on the Henry Ford Winter Estate lawn. Edison Ford, is excited to invite you to be a part of the Edison Ford Annual Ford Mustang Exhibiition. Sponsorship packets and one boxed lunch are provided for each vehicle owner. Dash plaques will be given to each participant. Saturday, March 3, 2018

Specifications for entry:

Must be a Ford Mustange, any year
This is an exhibition only

Registration:
  • Pre-register by March 1, 2018-5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-registration is $15 for one car and $5 for each additional car. This includes admission into Edison Ford for the registered participant and one passenger.
  • Parking begins at 7:30a.m. and ends promptly at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. March 3, 2018.
  • One boxed lunch will be provided per registration. A food vendor will be onsite for additional food options not included in registration.
  • Door prizes will be given, and music will be provided.
  • You must stay inside the gates and parked until the end of the exhibition at 2:00 p.m.
  • For more information contact Leeanne Criswekk at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.
Session Exhibitor Registration: Sat, Mar 3, 2018 7:30AM - 2:00PM   OPEN

 
Audio Tour - Daily
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Daily (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Includes orientation, and a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens and laboratory of the Edison and Ford families as well as the Museum. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

Audio Tour - Adult
Price: $25.00
(ages 20 and over)

Audio Tour - Teen
Price: $20.00
(ages 13 - 19)

Audio Tour - Child
Price: $15.00
(ages 6 - 12)

Audio Tour - Child (under 5)
Price: $0.00
(ages 5 and under)

FREE
 
Holiday Nights
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Southwest Florida's Holiday Tradition

The winter homes, gardens and historic buildings of Edison and Ford families are decorated with thousands of lights and traditional holiday decorations.

Open November 24, 2017- December 31, 2017 from 5:30-9:00pm
  • Children's Holiday Tree Trail with handmade ornaments created by students from Lee County Schools
  • Nightly Guided Holiday Tradition Tour at 6:00 and 7:00 pm (additional cost)
  • Inside the Homes Holiday Tour every Tuesday at 6:30 pm (additional cost, call 239-334-7419 to reserve)
  • Santa Visits (check website for dates and times)
  • Artist Doug MacGregor, cartooning with kids of all ages on Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23
  • Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory open nightly
  • Visit Spark!Lab our newest Smithsonian hands-on exhibit
  • Ford Holiday Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe open nightly
  • Nightly Liquid Fireworks by Waltzing Waters holiday display
  • Holiday Tea Celebration with the Edison's and Ford's Dec. 13 (separate ticket required)
  • Magic of the Holidays Science Show with the Wild Wizard (ages 6-11) Dec. 16 (separate ticket required, register below)
*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec 24th & 25th)

Holiday Nights admission - Adult
Price: $20.00
(ages 20 and over)

Holiday Nights admission - Teen
Price: $10.00
(ages 13 - 19)

Holiday Nights admission - Child
Price: $2.00
(ages 6 - 12)

Holiday Tea with Mina & Clara
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00

December 13 - 6:30 p.m.-Edison Caretaker's House -Event has now sold out

Join Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea. Mrs. Edison will take you on a tour of their seasonally decorated home, Seminole Lodge. Mrs. Ford will also welcome guests and lead a tour of her neighboring home, The Mangoes.

Celebrate the holidays with the Edisons and learn about their favorite holiday traditions; enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies; and afterward stroll the beautifully decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25 (includes general admission to Edison Ford Holiday Nights, Lab and Museum). Space is limited so registration is required.

 
 
 
 
Donate
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Thank you for all your calls, emails and concern over the last few days since Hurricane Irma struck Southwest Florida.

We at Edison & Ford Winter Estates are grateful our staff, volunteers and members are all safe. All the Edison Ford structures were undamaged but the storm destroyed many trees, plants and shrubs. Fortunately, a team of professional arborists and staff members are busy working to secure the site and assess the damage to our historic gardens.

Staff and crews are working hard to open the laboratory and museum on September 30. Plans to reopen the riverside estates will be sometime in October please check our website often.

Although the site looks different, the historic landscape will be restored, replenished and replanted as soon as possible.

Many people have inquired about their memorial/celebration trees. We are currently assessing the property. Please be patient, the Edison Ford Development Office will be contacting you soon to provide you with an update.

How can you help?

Making a charitable donation to Edison Ford would ensure the restoration of the historic gardens for future generations for years to come. Thank you for your support.


Restoration project
 
Other Amount: $
Make a charitable donation.
 
 
Homeschool Program 2017-2018 Science & Engineering

The Edison Ford Homeschool Science and Engineering Series will present students with a variety of subjects that challenge the mind and encourage collaboration and innovation. Students will learn to think like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford as they explore and solve a variety of hands-on activities and learn the key concepts and strategies of science and engineering.

Cost: Members :$15 each class or $90 for all 7 class series; non-members: $25 each class or $150 for all 7 class series.


FOOD SCIENCE
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March 9, 2018, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: Food is Chemistry! Learn about acids, bases and more in this fun twist on Chemistry.

SPACE SCIENCE
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
October 13, 2017, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: Students safely observe the sun and study the nature of light as they learn about our solar systemand recent discoveries in space science.

THE LIVING LABORATORY
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
November 10, 2017, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: Edison once referred to nature as the "Green Lab." Join us in our "Green Lab" as we explore the world of the very small.

GEOLOGY ROCKS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
December 8, 2017, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: Explore the impressive Edison Ford rock collection and learn about dynamic natural systems.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
January 12, 2018, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: What is a chemical reaction? Discover the answer to this question and more as the Wild Wizards guide students through scientific inquiry.

FORENSICS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February 9, 2018, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: Who can crack the case? Learn how science and engineering are used for good.

SCIENCE OF SOUND
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 13, 2018, Grades 1-3, 10am-12pm; Grades 4-6, 1pm-3pm: In 1877, Edison shocked the world when he became the first person to record and play back sound! Learn the science behind this
revolutionary innovation.

 
Education Programs 2017-2018 Saturday Engineering
Ever wonder how to build a real robot or design a new invention? This challenging series teaches students the 21st century skills that are vital to the future.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
December 2, 2017, 1-3pm: Learn what the electron has to do with electricity and become an electrical engineer. Design circuits and flip the switch in this exciting field.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Dec 2, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

MOTORS, GENERATORS, AND THINGS THAT MOVE
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
December 16, 2017,1-3pm: How do we generate electricity? How does electricity make things move? Dive into the mysterious world of electromagnetism.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Dec 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

GEARING UP! SIMPLE MACHINES AND MECHANICS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
January 13, 2018, 1-3pm: Don't work hard, work smart! Learn the basics of leverage and mechanical advantage with pulleys, gears, and levers.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE!
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February 3, 2018, 1-3pm: Take the design challenge and solve a variety of fun engineering challenges surrounding Earth's favorite molecule: H2O.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

OPPOSITES ATTRACT! MAGNETS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February 24, 2018 • 1-3pm:
Explore the invisible force of magnetism and how it can used to move bullet trains.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Feb 24, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

WIND POWER
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March 10, 2018, 1-3pm: What do a gust of wind, a ray of light, and rushing water all have in common? They all contain energy! Make windmills, connect circuits, and learn the basics of energy transfers.
Session Ages 8-13: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

 
Museum & Laboratory Visit - Daily
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Daily (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Includes admission to the Museum and Laboratory ONLY. (Museum and lab admission is included in the Complete Estates Tour and the Historian Tour.) This admission offers visitors a great opportunity to see and learn the vastness of Thomas Edison's and Henry Ford's genius.

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Adult
Price: $15.00
(ages 20 and over)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Teen
Price: $12.00
(ages 13 - 19)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child
Price: $8.00
(ages 6 - 12)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child (under 5)
Price: $0.00

(ages 5 and under)

FREE
 
CREATIVE MOVEMENT SERIES
Explore creative expression and movement through song, dance, and basic yoga postures. Students will think creativerly, work collaboratively, and develop their sense of personal and shared space. Instructor Brittany Robbins is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200). Classes are held the second Friday of each month, September through February, from 10am-11am.

Creative Movement 2
Regular Price: $10.00
Member Price: $5.00
Ages 2-6
Session Session 2: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Creative Movement 3
Regular Price: $10.00
Member Price: $5.00
Ages 2-6
Session Session 3: Fri, Nov 10, 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Creative Movement 4
Regular Price: $10.00
Member Price: $5.00
Ages 2-6
Session Session 4: Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Creative Movement 5
Regular Price: $10.00
Member Price: $5.00
Ages 2-6
Session Session 5: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 10:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

Creative Movement 6
Regular Price: $10.00
Member Price: $5.00
Ages 2-6
Session Session 6: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 10:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

 
SCHOOL BREAK CAMPS
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ROVING ROBOTS
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00

December 27-29, 2017, 8:45am-4:00pm:

Take on a new challenge in this crash course in robotics! Learn the mechanical and code skills necessary to master Lego Mindstorms.

Session Season 2017: Wed, Dec 27, 2017 - Fri, Dec 29, 2017 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

SPACE & ROCKETS
Regular Price: $200.00
Member Price: $180.00
January 2 - 5, 2018, 8:45am-4:00pm:

Blast off into space science, robotic and aeronautic engineering with hands-on challenges.
Session Season 2018: Tue, Jan 2, 2018 - Fri, Jan 5, 2018 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
March 19 - 23, 2018, 8:45am-4:00pm:

Learn how to design mechanical innovations. From hydraulic lifts to Lego zip lines, campers learn about leverage and Newton's Laws of Motion
Session Season 2018: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 - Fri, Mar 23, 2018 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

 
 
NEW HIGH SCHOOL STEAM SERIES
Ages 14-17

CRYPTOGRAPHY
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
November 11, 2017, 2-4pm: Are you an expert texter? Combine skills of technology and mathematics to create secret messages with your friends.
Session Ages 14-17: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

GEO FUN
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
January 13, 2017, 2-4pm: Do you use GPS to find your way around town? Expand upon your classroom knowledge of vectors and physics to create a treasure hunt.
Session Ages 14-17: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

SCIENCE OF SOUND
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February 10, 2017, 2-4pm: In 1877, Edison shocked the world when he became the first person to record and play back sound! Learn the science behind this revolutionary device and unravel the physics and mathematics of waves.
Session Ages 14-17: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

AMUSEMENT MATHEMATICS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
December 9, 2017, 2-4pm: With the use of Ferris Wheels learn and understand the fundamentals of trigonometry.
Session Ages 14-17: Sat, Dec 9, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

 
SCOUT PROGRAMS

Cost: $20 per scout or participating sibling (parent included).

Scout programs are available to all Girl and Cub Scout groups and fulfill adventure requirements:


THE MAGIC OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Price: $20.00
January 20, 2018, 1pm-3pm: Scouts are challenged to unravel the secrets behind science. From floating boats, to science experiments, to magic tricks, the scouts will begin to understand the nature of science and the acquisition of knowledge. Adventure Requirements Addressed: Curiosity, Intrigue and Magical Mysteries and Floats and Boats.
Session Adventure requirements: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

GOING UP
Price: $20.00
February 17, 2018, 1pm-3pm: From the science of air pressure to the science of sound, Scouts will create unusual flying objects and see sound move. The class concludes with a botanical study on the rich grounds at Edison Ford. Adventure Requirements Addressed: Air of the Wolf and Grow Something.
Session Adventure requirements: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

ELECTRICITY AND MOVING ROBOTS
Price: $20.00
March 17, 2018, 1pm-3pm: Scouts will begin to understand the nature of electricity and its present and future applications in the exciting field of Robotics. Adventure Requirements Addressed: Paws for Action, Robotics, and Super Science.
Session Adventure requirements: Sat, Mar 17, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

VIDEO GAME DESIGN
Price: $20.00
April 14, 2018, 1pm-3pm: Scouts delve into the wide world of computer science as they begin to develop their own video game. Scouts are introduced to concepts such as: algorithms, functions, logical statements and variables as they create their interactive software. Adventure
Requirements Addressed: Game Design.
Session Adventure requirements: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

 
CONTINUING EDUCATION
For Learners of All Ages

Did you know that Edison Ford offers classes for all ages? Join us to explore the arts, science, horticulture, technology, and more with these multi-generational programs!

CREATING HYPERTUFA BOWLS
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
January 13, 2017, 9:30am - 11am: Create a custom, hand-made bowl or planter using hypertufa-a combination of Portland cement, moss, and perlite.
Session All ages: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

PRESERVING FAMILY MEMORIES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
March 10, 2018, 9:30am - 11am: Learn the ins and outs of preserving family memories, from photographs to videos, including basic editing.
Session All ages: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

TEA & HERBAL BEVERAGES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
April 14, 2018, 9:30am - 11am: Did you know you can create beverages using herbs grown right here in Florida?
Session All ages: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

GARDEN TALKS
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Second Saturday of every month, 10:00am: Learn more about gardening in South Florida with our expert horticultural staff. Visit EdisonFordWinterEstates.org for monthly topics.

 
 
PAINTING WITH MARIE DYER
For Artists of All Ages
Join renowned Southwest Florida artist Marie Dyer to create your own masterpiece!

SILK SCARF PAINTING WITH MARIE DYER
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $90.00
Third Saturday of each month, January through April, 9:30am - 2:30pm: Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own "one of a kind" scarf. The scarves can be worn as art pieces or used as art for the home. All materials are provided.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH MARIE DYER
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $90.00
January 26, 2018 and March 30, 2018, 9:30am - 2:30pm: Spend the day overlooking the water while painting a beautiful landscape! This class will be held in our new waterfront River Pavilion with inspiration all around as you paint.

 
*Member's Guest Tickets*
Member must accompany guest and present member card at check-in.

Audio Tour - Adult (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
(ages 20 and over)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Adult (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $12.00
(ages 20 and over)
Valid:   OPEN

Audio Tour - Teen (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
(ages 13 - 19)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Teen (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $9.60
(ages 13 - 19)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $8.00
Member Price: $6.40
(ages 6 - 12)
Valid:   OPEN

Audio Tour - Child (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $12.00
(ages 6 - 12)
Valid:   OPEN