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Courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 1 mi. s.w. on SR 867 at 2350 McGregor Blvd., includes historic buildings and the adjacent winter homes, gardens and a laboratory of early 20th-century industrialists and entrepreneurs Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Museum galleries containing inventions and artifacts pertaining to Edison's life as well as the caretaker's house also are on-site. A highlight is a banyan tree said to be one of the largest in the continental United States.

Guided and narrated audio tours in English, Spanish, French and German are available. The young inventor's tour offers hands-on activities geared toward children. Garden tours and cruise-and-tour packages also are available.

Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.

Guided tour $30; $25 (ages 13-19); $18 (ages 6-12). Self-guiding audio tour $25; $20 (ages 13-19); $15 (ages 6-12). Inside the homes tour $50; $35 (ages 13-19); $20 (ages 6-12). Inside the lab tour $40; $30 (ages 13-19); $16 (ages 6-12). Garden tour $40; $25 (ages 13-19); $15 (ages 6-12). Edison museum and laboratory tour $15; $12 (ages 13-19); $8 (ages 6-12). Young inventor's tour $12; $8 (ages 13-19); $5 (ages 6-12). Reservations are required for inside the homes tour. Phone ahead to confirm tour times and rates.
Daily 9-5:30. Last house tour departs at 4. Inside the homes behind-the-scenes tours Thurs. at 10:30; Thurs. at 11, in summer. Inside the lab tours Tues. at 10:30. Garden tours Wed. at 10:30. Young inventor's tours Sat. at 11. Phone ahead to confirm extended Dec. holiday schedule. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 4 hours minimum.
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