Student Field Trips
Plan your next field trip to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and give your students the chance to see how ideas can change the world and to understand what Edison meant when he said "all progress, all success springs from thinking.”
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique combination of history, science, and literature that can be found nowhere else. This National Register Historic Site is one of the top ten most visited historic home sites in the nation and is an interdisciplinary step back in time to the emergence of industrial and technological America as we know it today.
Whether you explore our 20 acres along the Caloosahatchee River and 15,000 square foot museum full of movies, artifacts and inventions on your own or with one of our experienced tour guides, you will see why Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are two of the most influential figures in American history. Students will marvel at the historical objects and inventions that include antique automobiles, light bulbs, electric generators, phonographs and early motion picture projectors. Much of today’s children have grown up with and love such technologies as iPods, movies and video games which all started with the inventions and interests of Edison, Ford and their friends.
Students will learn how Edison changed Fort Myers from a town with 350 residents, no roads, no electricity, and no railroads into what it is today. They will see the largest Banyan Tree in the Continental United States and visit the 1920s as they walk through the nation’s only historic Botanic Research Laboratory where Edison, Ford and Firestone planted and researched more than 14,000 plants to find a source of natural rubber. The site itself is full of inventions and thoughtful utilization of natural resources with artesian wells, water cisterns and fire systems that showed how the two inventors and their families used what was available to create their winter homes in southwest Florida more than a century ago.
A visit to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is more than just looking at inventions and historic buildings. It is learning firsthand how the ingenuity, creativity and hard work of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford changed American business, industry and the world.
For advance preparation, we have put together a suggested reading list.
Student Field Trip Options
Edison Ford Historian Tour
Enjoy an education docent guided tour of the Edison and Ford estates and gardens, followed by a self-guided tour of the laboratory and museum.
Price: $7 per student, $12 per adult
- Guided Tour of Edison & Ford homes and gardens
- Admission into Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory
Time: Two hours
Grade Levels: All Grades
Maximum: 90 Students at one time Minimum: 20 students
Add-on Options to Enhance Your Edison Ford Experience
In addition to the Historian Tour, school groups may choose one of the following:
Wild Wizard Show
Your group can choose to add on an exciting science show with the Edison Ford Wild Wizard. You choose the topic: Engineering or Chemistry.
Price: $100 for up to 25 students. Add $4 per student if over 25. Maximum of 100 students. Must be booked in conjunction with the Historian Tour.
Young Inventors' Tour
For groups of 25 or fewer students, this is a tour that takes place inside the museum and gives students a hands-on introduction to Edison and Ford inventions. Highlights include the ligthbulb, phonograph player, and assembly line, as well as a polymer-making activity. Approximately 60 minutes.
Price: $6 per student, 25 student maximum. Must be booked in conjunction with the Historian Tour.
Availability is limited and a 30 day advance notice is required for school group reservations. Advance reservation is required for all group tours.