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
 
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 23, 2018- December 30, 2018 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 Wednesday 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 6-8 pm on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20
  • 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 with Mina Edison & Clara Ford at 6:00 pm Dec. 12 (separate ticket required)
*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)
 
Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River
Regular Price: $35.00
Member Price: $25.00

Rhythm on the River - Music & Cocktails on the Caloosahatchee - January 13, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for the first Rhythm on the River of the season with musician, Steve Farst and cocktails and appetizers from Sanibel Catering Company by Baileys! The event takes place in the River Pavilion along the Caloosahatchee River, where guests can enjoy a beautiful sunset view.

Musician, Steve Farst, has been entertaining audiences for years with his unique sound. He plays a little of old and new on acoustic guitar and adds his own personal touch for a fantastic performance.

A delightful assortment of appetizers will be served, including Mango Margarita Shrimp, Bourbon Glazed Meatballs, Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs, Mini Roasted Vegetable Tarts, fruit, vegetables, cheese and more. Tickets include two signature drinks and appetizers. A Cash bar will also be available. Come listen to some great music, taste some delicious bites and sip a specialty cocktail with us!

Session Steve Farst: Sun, Jan 13, 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

 
HYPERTUFA EDISON
Create a one-of-a-kind living garden sculpture using Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, vermivulate, perlite, and water!

Participants will sculpt two sizes of the original Edison orb (3 and 5 diameter), then atach tillandsia (air plants), small bromeliads, or orchids.

Retied art teacher Jim Hopton will instruct this two-part class in the Edison Ford greenhouse and demonstrate various uses of hypertifa in the garden. This two-part class is limited to ten participants, with a week in between session for proper drying time. You will need to bring rubber kitchen gloves--all other supplies plus a gift certificate for the the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe, are provided!

HYPERTUFA EDISON OR CLASS
Regular Price: $45.00
Member Price: $40.00
9:30am to 11:30am on Dec 8 and 15. A two day class
Session Session A: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

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

SPOOKY SCIENCE DAY CAMP
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $45.00
October 15, 2018 8:45am-4:00pm-- Join our Wild Wizards for a spooky day camp to learn the tricks of mad science.
Session Grades 1-6: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 9:00AM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

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

 
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.

Education
 
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Make a charitable donation.

Garden Restoration
 
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General Fund
 
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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.

Trick or Treat!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Dress in costume and enjoy a festive trick or treat walk around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, delight in a spooky science show and spooky science project.

Ages 1-5
Session Trick or Treat: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

Chemistry Creations
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Learn about mixtures and solutions, conducting multiple experiments featuring slime, making polymers and colorful "exploding milk".

Ages 1-5
Session Chemistry Creations: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

Holiday Cheer
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Experience the magic of the season, making presents, holiday ornaments, and more!

Ages 1-5
Session Holiday Cheer: Thu, Dec 20, 2018 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (9 AVAIL)

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   OPEN

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)

 
Camps

GETTING IN GEAR: LEGO MECHANICS
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
December 26-28, 2018
Campers explore the potential of the mighty LEGO! Simple machines and the basics of leverage are explored in this fun camp on mechanical engineering. Each day, campers engage in a guided build that teaches proven mechanical concepts, as well as free building to apply what is learned.

Grades 1-6
Session Grades 1-6: Wed, Dec 26, 2018 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

DIGITAL DESIGNERS
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
(featuring 3-D PRINTING) January 2-4, 2019
Campers are immersed in the world of 3-D printing and computer aided design. Creativity and design are united in this unique camp that merges computer science, design, and art!

Grades 1-6
Session Grades 1-6: Wed, Jan 2, 2019 - Fri, Jan 4, 2019 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

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

 
*Member's Guest Tickets*
Members may purchase discounted tickets for their guests at the membership desk upon arrival.
 
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 2, 2019

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 30, 2019 - 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 2, 2019.
  • 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 2, 2019 7:30AM - 2:00PM   OPEN

TBird, Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel & Fairlane
Regular Price: $10.00
Additional: $5.00
Show your Ford Thunderbird, Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel or Fairlane model car(s) at the most beautiful location in Lee County on Sunday, February 17, 2019! The exhibition will take place at Edison and Ford Winter Estates on the Henry Ford lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. There will be door prizes and music.

Specifications for entry:
  • Car must be a Thunderbird, Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel or Fairlane model.
  • This is an exhibition only.

Registration:
  • Deadline for pre-registration is February 13, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • Space is limited to the first 100 cars registered.
  • Pre-registration is $10 per car, $5 for a second car. This includes admission to Edison Ford for the registered participant and one passenger.
  • Parking begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
  • A vendor will be on site with food available for purchase.
  • Door prizes.
  • A DJ will be on site playing music.
  • 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 Car Show: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 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 2, 2019

Specifications for entry:

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

Registration:
  • Pre-register by February 27 ,2019-5:00 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 2, 2019.
  • 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 2, 2019 7:30AM - 2:00PM   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