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Edison and Ford Winter Estates admission is free to veterans on Memorial Day

Trees grown for experiments at the Estates
Trees grown for experiments at the Estates
Carl Slowata

The Edison & Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers will open its doors on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th to all veterans and their immediate families. To honor veterans and show appreciation for their service, admission fees and tour charges will be waived for veterans, their spouses, parents and children. To participate, veterans will have to show their VA identification card or their DD214 at the ticket window. The Estate is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (final tour is at 4 p.m.) This is a great opportunity for those who have served in the military to explore the Estate without the pricey ($20 for adults, $11 for children 6 to 12) admission fee.

The land was first acquired by Edison in the late 19th century to build a winter vacation home. About thirty years later, Edison’s good friend, automobile giant Henry Ford, bought the adjacent property. (Wikipedia article, “Edison & Ford Winter Estates”). Eventually, the two estates were combined. The Estate, which covers 20 acres, is a collection of botanic research laboratories, historic buildings, botanical gardens and a museum. To get a better sense of the Estate’s content and size, take the extensive virtual tour on their website.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estate is an exciting place to visit, and for veterans and their families on Memorial Day, and a frugal one as well. So plan on making it a part of your Memorial Day celebration – and thank you for your service.

The Edison & Ford Winter Estate is located on McGregor Boulevard about 2 miles south of downtown Fort Myers. For additional information, visit their website or call the Estate at 239-334-7419.