Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estate in Ft. Meyers. Rod and I both had been as kids and we knew that Conor would love it (although it’s hard to tell from the pictures). The girls enjoyed the day out and they knew shopping in Naples was on the agenda for later that day.
We decided we wanted to do the Historian tour which included a Site Historian led tour of the Edison & Ford Estates and also included admission to the Museum & Laboratory, with an optional audio tour. The individual price of this tour was $25 for adults (13+) and $15 for kids (6-12). If you have a large family, you can save money by purchasing a family member pass for the whole family for $85. Becoming members saved us $35 and we can come back anytime in the year (I hear it is beautiful at Christmas) and get discounts on admission to gardens throughout the country, so the decision was a no brainer.
The historian was very knowledgeable as he led us through estates located on 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape located throughout the property was worth the visit in itself. The kids enjoyed the Edison Ford Museum that had hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits on display. I loved looking at the houses, with the picture rails and light fixtures. The hanging light fixtures were some of the coolest I have seen, I think my favorite is the one hanging in the sitting room.