Dads Get in Free at Edison Ford on Father's Day



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director

Dads Get in Free at Edison Ford on Father's Day
Learn how to Make a Fish Print T-shirt at The Marina at Edison Ford

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 3, 2016) -- On Father's Day, June 19, general admission for fathers is free all day at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the estate homes, botanical gardens, museum and the laboratory. Dads will also receive 10 percent off retail purchases made in the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store or Garden Shoppe. 

Dads can also learn how to make a fish print on a t-shirt at The Marina at Edison Ford using the Gyotaku technique from noon to 2:00 p.m. The fish t-shirt printing event has been a Father's Day tradition at Edison Ford for many years. Kids and moms are welcome to participate and can make a Father's Day gift.

The Edison Wild Wizard will be on hand to make the day extra fun for kids. They will learn about basic fish anatomy, including where the gills and fins are and the difference between a fish and a mammal. Kids will also get to see and touch a variety of native sea life, including oysters, clams and soft-shell crabs. Pinchers is supplying the sea life, as well as a variety of fish for the Gyotaku prints.  

Gyotaku was used centuries ago in Japan as a way to make a record of a fish. Originally the print was created by coating the fish or inking a fish with hand-ground ink called sumi and then placing the fish on rice paper. Today, we can create Gyotaku prints using modern inks and paints on paper, fabric or a t-shirt. 

Visitors can spend the day with their fathers, touring Edison Ford, making a fish print and eating lunch at Pinchers, where dads will receive a free dessert. 

Pre-registration cost for fish printing is $10 for Edison Ford members and $15 for nonmembers. Day of event cost is $12 for Edison Ford members and $17 for nonmembers. T-shirts will be available for purchase, or participants can bring their own.

To register, or for more information call 239-334-7419 or visit


Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at