On October 29, only a month after the category four Hurricane Ian ripped through Fort Myers, the historic homesite of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford is opening up to the public with a Fall Festival. This family-friendly event will include craft vendors, food trucks, music and several fun activities for children.
Activities include the Banyan Tree Climb, which is sponsored by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association. Early registration is encouraged as this activity is expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased online at EdisonFord.org and are $45 for non-members, or $35 for Edison Ford members.
Families will be able to select and purchase pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, with the option to paint the pumpkins (paint provided). Other activities include adult and kid-friendly axe throwing and archery, plus children can get their face painted, or get fairy hair. The Wild Wizards will be conducting science experiments and a balloon artist will make crafty animals. Visitors also will have an opportunity to make their own floral bouquets at the flower truck.
There is no charge to stroll around and listen to music; however, each vendor has a fee to participate in the activities and visitors are encouraged to bring cash. Parking is free in the Edison Ford lots. The entire site will be open; however, admission to the museum, laboratory and riverside of the property requires an additional ticket. For information about the site, or to purchase tickets for tours, visit EdisonFord.org.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 220,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.
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2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Lisa Wilson, APR, Marketing & Public Relations Director