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.
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
 
Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River -- Sultans of String
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
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January 31, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for an evening with the Sultans of String in the River Pavilion. This concert is in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. The group is an internationally recognized Juno Award winning ensemble with music that tops the billboard charts. A cash bar and lite bites from Pinchers and the Marina at Edison Ford will be available.

Session Sultans of String: Thu, Jan 31, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Rhythm on the River-Ian Maksin & Michel Gonzalez
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Rhythm on the River -- Ian Maksin and Michel Gonzalez
February 22, 6 p.m.

Cellist Ian Maksin will partner with Miami-based guitarist Michael Gonzalez for an evening of music that spans a wide variety of musical genres and blends many styles together including jazz, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B and world music.

A cash bar and lite bites from Pinchers and The Marina at Edison Ford will be available.

Advance Tickets:
Edison Ford Members: $20 (E-Tickets, Membership Desk or Ticket Counter); Non-members: $25 (purchase E-Tickets in advance)

Session Rhythm on the River-Ia: Fri, Feb 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

 
Etiquette at the Edison Ford
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Historical records in the Edison archives show Mina Edison, wife of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, as a gracious hostess and interested in the well-being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Edison Ford, includes a one day (two hour) lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00
Lessons in Manners for the Generations.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


COST
Edison Ford Members
$75 Non-Members $85
Children ages 6-12 will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a two hour lesson in good manners. This class teaches children proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion.

The classes will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and is a Fort Myers native. Willis created her etiquette classes in honor of her grandmother, Florence "Mimi" Black.
Age Group

 
Adventures Robotics 2018-2019
Our popular weekend engineering series returns--now featuring LEGO Robotics!

Take a deep dive into the dynamic world of robotic engineering using the popular LEGO Mindstorm system. Participants will build on previous knowledge as they tackle new skills and take on new robotic challenges built entirely from LEGOS!
Currently enrolled students in GRADES 4-8

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO MINDSTORM
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March 31, 1-3pm
Students are introduced to the key concepts of robotics and learn about the Mindstorm hardware, software and mechanics. This foundations class teaches the basic skills to advance from concept to a roving robot.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Mar 31, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

MOTORS AND MOVEMENT
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 7, 1-3pm
Mechanical designs become more complex as students begin to learn about their motors, manipulators, and attachments.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

SENSORS AND LOOPS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 14, 1-3pm
Can you program a robot to escape a maze? Students are introduced to EV3 sensors as they learn more advanced coding skills. Boolean logic is introduced as students program a robot to make simple decisions.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

ADVANCED SENSORS AND LOOPS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 21, 1-3pm
Students apply previous knowledge with code and mechanics to design an autonomous robot that display three or more behaviors based on it's environment. Class ends with a battle of the bots!
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

ADVANCED COMPETITION TECHNIQUES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 28, 1-3pm
Robotic complexity continues to increase as students are taught advanced techiniques that can be deployed at robotic tournaments. Focus of this class is to design eloquent code and mechanics to achieve a high level or repeatability and accuracy.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 28, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

COMPLETE THE MISSION!
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
May 5, 1-3pm
In this final class, students apply all they have learned to accomplish as many LEGO based problems as possible by the end of the class!
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, May 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

 
Donate
Incredible Things Happen When You Give to Edison Ford!

When you support Edison and Ford Winter Estates by making a charitable gift, you help us fulfill our mission of providing unique educational experiences based on the artifacts, legacy and lives of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and their time here in Florida. Our efforts to preserve and interpret their homes, gardens, laboratory and related objects and artifacts, cannot be accomplished without you and your support.

Your donation makes it possible for us to provide scholarships and educational programs, host events, create new exhibits, restore the gardens, continue conservation efforts and help ensure that we remain one of the top-visited destinations in the United States.

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General Fund
 
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Camps

CREATIVE CHEMISTRY
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
March 18-22, 2019
The Wild Wizards have collected all their favorite experiments for this exciting camp! Learn how to use everyday items to conduct amazing experiments. Campers will learn through performing different chemical experiments daily!

Grades 1-6
Session Grades 1-6: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 - Fri, Mar 22, 2019 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

 
Day Camps - 2019
When school is out, the Wild Wizards are in!
Must currently be enrolled in Grades 1-6

DISCOVERY DAY
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $45.00

February 19, 2019 8:45am-4:00pm-- Experience a day filled with out favorite experiments and engineering challenges!

Session Grades 1-6: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

ELECTRICAL INNOVATORS
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $45.00
March 15, 2019 8:45am-4:00pm-- Learn the history of electricity and become an electrical innovator in this fast paced day camp.
Session Grades 1-6: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

 
Emerging Inventors 2018-2019 Program
Emerging Inventors ♦ September 2018 - April 2019

One- to five-year old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers will explore the homes, gardens and museum of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, enjoying story and music time, educational activities, science experiments, and learning valuable socialization skills!

Participants are encouraged to bring snacks or lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the program.

Bouncing Bubbles
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
The Edison Ford Wild Wizards display bubbles in many forms: from snake bubbles to bubbles that are heavier than air!

Ages 1-5
Session Bouncing Bubbles: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

LEGO Art and Engineering
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Build with LEGOS and collaborate with others to practice teamwork while creating animals, rockets, trains, and more.

Ages 1-5
Session LEGO Art: Thu, Feb 21, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   OPEN

Art, Naturally
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Express your inner creativity through crafts inspired by nature, such as fish prints and leaf design, along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

Ages 1-5
Session Art, Naturally: Thu, Mar 14, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   OPEN

Water, Water, Everywhere!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
What will sink and what will float? Engage in a series of water-based activities that are both fun and educational.

Ages 1-5
Session Water, Water: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (5 AVAIL)

 
Inventor's Summer Camp-Full summer
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizards for a summer of new and exciting programs! Watch as the Edison & Ford Winter Estates becomes a living lab for our campers, who are challenged to learn more about the sciences, art, and the natural world.

EDISON FORD INVENTOR'S SUMMER CAMP 2019
  • Two camps are held each week, grouped by their ages: Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-12. Your child must have completed first grade. All camps are based on the current age and grade of each child.
  • All camps are held from 9am to 4pm.
  • LOCATION: The 2019 Inventor's Summer Camp will be based in the Education Center and Edison Caretaker's House, which is air-conditioned. Some activities will be held in the gardens and Edison Ford Museum.
  • ATTIRE: Campers will be given a camp t-shirt and are required to wear it each day. Cool, comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and hats are recommended. Open-toed shoes and jewelry should not be worn.
  • MEDICATION: Instructors must be notified in writing regarding any medication campers are to take during the day. Please provide detailed information when registering your child for camp.
  • LUNCHES: Campers must bring their own sack lunch, snacks, and drink daily. Water coolers are available; refrigeration is not.

Summer Camps-Ages (6-8)
 
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Ages 6-8 only.
Session Summer 2019:    OPEN

Summer Camps-Age (9-12)
 
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Ages 9-12
Session Summer 2019:    OPEN
  • Camp registration is on a first come, first serve basis-- register early as camps fill quickly!
  • No refunds will be provided after April 27, 2019.

 
Inventor's Summer Camp - CAMPS
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizards for a summer of new and exciting programs! Watch as the Edison & Ford Winter Estates becomes a living lab for our campers, who are challenged to learn more about the sciences, art, and the natural world.

EDISON FORD INVENTOR'S SUMMER CAMP 2019
  • Two camps are held each week, grouped by grade level: grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.
  • All camps are held from 9am to 4pm.
  • LOCATION: The 2019 Inventor's Summer Camp will be based in the Education Center and Edison Caretaker's House, which is air-conditioned. Some activities will be held in the gardens and Edison Ford Museum.
  • ATTIRE: Campers will be given a Camp T-Shirt and are required to wear it each day. Cool, comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and hats are recommended. Open-toed shoes and jewelry should not be worn.
  • MEDICATION: Instructors must be notified in writing regarding any medication campers are to take during the day. Please provide detailed information when registering your child for camp.
  • LUNCHES: Campers must bring their own sack lunch, snacks, and drink daily. Water coolers are available; refrigeration is not.

FANTASTIC FILM MAKERS
Regular Price: $495.00
Member Price: $440.00

JUNE 3 -JUNE 14, 2019• FANTASTIC FILM MAKERS
Future directors and actors will shine in this popular two week camp!
Members: $440 • non-members: $495


WATER WIZARDRY
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00

JUNE 17- JUNE 21, 2019 • WATER WIZARDRY
Launch water rockets, engineer aquatic vessels, and more in this one week camp.
Members: $220 • non-members: $250


VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $370.00

JUNE 24 - JULY 3, 2019 • VIDEO GAME DEVELOPER
Over eight days, campers will hone coding skills and create their own video game!
Members: $370 • non-members: $400


INVENT IT!
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00

JULY 8-JULY 12, 2019 • INVENT IT!
Campers will invent and innovate their way through a variety of challenges in this week-long camp.
Members: $220 • non-members: $250


3-D ART AND DESIGN
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00

JULY 15-JULY 19, 2019 • 3-D ART AND DESIGN
Use a 3-D printer and other tools to create art, structures, and other masterpieces!
Members: $220 • non-members: $250


RIVER ECOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00

JULY 22 - JULY 26, 2019• RIVER ECOLOGY & CHEMISTRY
Test water quality and explore hands-on biology and chemistry in this week-long camp!
Members: $220 • non-members: $250


ROVING ROBOTS
Regular Price: $495.00
Member Price: $440.00

JULY 29 - AUGUST 9, 2019 • ROVING ROBOTS
Explore the wild world of robotics, mastering mechanics, computer science, electronics, and more.
Members: $440 • non-members: $495


 
*Member's Guest Tickets*
Members may purchase discounted tickets for their guests at the membership desk upon arrival.
 
Summer Camp Upgrades

CAMPER DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $35.00
Parents are required to sign in campers no earlier than 8:45am and sign them out no later than 4:15pm daily.
EARLY DROP OFF (8:15 am) and LATE PICK UP (4:45 pm) are available for an additional $35 (Members) or $40 (non-members) total per week.
$2 PER MINUTE will be charged for campers signed in or out before or after agreed upon times.
WRITTEN NOTIFICATION is required upon sign-in if a different individual will be signing the camper out. A child will not be released to any unauthorized person.

 
Yoga Along the River
Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Join us for a one-hour class of yoga in the River Pavilion, along the Caloosahatchee River. Release your mind and get rejuvenated in a relaxing environment. The class is taught by a certified yoga instructor from Gulfshore Yoga. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel.

Yoga Along the River: Session 1
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
Session 1: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 9:30AM - 10:30AM   OPEN

Yoga Along the River: Session 2
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
Session 2: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 9:30AM - 10:30AM   OPEN

Yoga Along the River: Session 3
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
Session 3: Sat, Feb 23, 2019 9:30AM - 10:30AM   OPEN

 
Memberships
The membership program at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates provide invaluable support to the education and conservation mission of the Estates. The membership benefits are not only in Fort Myers but also at hundreds of other gardens, historic sites and museums nationwide.

Members receive unlimited admission to Edison Ford, reduced general admission for their guests, and discounted admission for specialty tours and events.

Estates Members also can take advantage of a 10% discount in the Estates Museum Gift Shop, Garden and Cottage Shoppes.

There is a membership level to fit everyone, from individuals to families and businesses.

Individual Membership
Price: $60.00
  • 1 adult unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • 1 adult Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • 1 adult Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Gardens

Dual
Price: $80.00
  • 2 adults unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • 2 adults Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • 2 adults Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Gardens

Family Memberships
Price: $100.00
  • Two adults and up to four children/grandchildren (under age 18) unlimited Edison Admission
  • Two adults and up to four children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • Two adults and up to four children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • Reciprocal Admission to North American Reciprocal Musuem (NARM)
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Gardens

Extended Family Memberships
Price: $175.00
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • Reciprocal Admission to North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM)
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Gardens

Contributor
Price: $250.00
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • Reciprocal Admission to North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM)
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Garden
  • Reserved membership parking based on availability
  • Corporate Matching Gift Program

Patron
Price: $500.00
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Discounted Admission Passes for Events and Programs
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • Reciprocal Admission to North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM)
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Garden
  • Reserved membership parking based on availability
  • Corporate Matching Gift Program
  • 5% off Site Rental at Edison Ford
  • Reserved membership parking based on availability

Benefactor
Price: $1,000.00
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) unlimited Edison Ford Admission
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Holiday Nights
  • Four adults and up to eight children/grandchildren (under age 18) Free Admission to Inside the Homes Tour (1 time)
  • 10% Discount in Edison Ford Museum Store, Garden Shoppe, Cottage Shoppe and Bell Tower Shoppe
  • 20% Discount off on Audio Tour for your guests
  • Free admission to one special event (6 tickets)
  • Invite to Annual Member Celebration
  • Listing in the Annual Progress Report
  • Reciprocal Admission to American Horticulture Society (AHS)
  • Reciprocal Admission to Time Travelers
  • Reciprocal Admission to North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM)
  • 50% Discount at Naples Botanical Gardens
  • 10% off Site Rental at Edison Ford
  • One private VIP Tour
  • Reserved membership parking based on availablity
  • One complimentary Daytime Use of Edison Caretaker's House