Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:35 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are offering a new way to see the historic homes and land around them.  This summer, you can take in the view from the water.

The estates is partnering with Captiva Cruises and the Royal Palm Yacht Club to offer short river cruises on the Caloosahatchee.  The new package program includes a 45-minute boat ride with a river historian, lunch at the Royal Palm, and tours of the estates, lab, and museum.

The boat tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.  Cruises depart at 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.  Lunch is available from 11 am-2 pm.
The package deal is $45 for non-members and $30 for members.  Kids under 12 are $30 and $25 respectively.  For more information on the cruises and the estates, go to