Edison Ford Boat Cruises return for season

01/10/2013

Media Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
239-334-7419

photos: Cruise up historic Lee County waterways with Captiva Cruises to the newly restored homes and gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates beginning January 16, 2013

Boat cruises & tour return for season
Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises

Fort Myers, FL (January 10, 2013) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Edison Ford Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island beginning Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The Boat Cruise & Tour will be offered every Wednesday during season. The cruise tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee ecologically and culturally, includes a view of the Edison and Ford estates from the water, lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club and guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Schedule of the tour includes:
• 10 a.m.- depart from McCarthy’s Marina,11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island; hour and a half cruise from Roosevelt Channel, past Sanibel Island, and up the Caloosahatchee River to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
• 11:45 a.m.- lunch at Royal Palm Yacht Club overlooking the Edison Ford and the river
• 1 p.m.- guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
• 2:45 p.m.– depart from the dock at the yacht club
• 4:30 p.m.– arrive back to McCarthy’s Marina

The cruise is on a 45’ vessel equipped with an on board restroom, refreshment bar, sundeck and canopy cover. The narrated cruise tells the story of Florida’s earliest settlers from Spanish explorers, the booming cattle trade, fishing settlements and early pioneers, to Thomas Edison’s early explorations of Southwest Florida and the importance of the ecology of the river to our environment today.

Ticket cost is $75 adults, $65 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, Edison Ford admission and lunch. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300.

In addition, visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates can enjoy a boat cruise, lunch and self-guided tour of the Edison Ford with river cruises departing at 12 and 1 p.m. Tour includes audio tour of the Edison Ford estates, lab and museum, lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club and cruise of the Caloosahatchee River with Captiva Cruises. Ticket cost is $45 and tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford ticket office.

Private tours and charters can be scheduled for groups, clubs, and corporate events any day of the week. On these private expeditions, special arrangements may be made for the group’s luncheon at a private yacht club. The time, as well as the location of the “cruise departure,” may also be customized to meet the client’s needs. Other docking and marina facilities in Lee County (in addition to Captiva) may serve as the group’s boarding location. Inquiries can be made with Captiva Cruises charter coordinator.
The Boat Cruise and Tour is a fully guided adventure for nature, history and outdoor lovers but also leisurely enough for all ages and interests. Flat shoes are suggested for walking and wheel chairs are available at the Edison Ford. Jackets, hats, cameras, binoculars, and sunglasses are suggested.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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