Published: Jul 22, 2013 6:04 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2013 1:56 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises are once again offering short cruises on the Caloosahatchee River and tours of Edison Ford on Sundays and Mondays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

The cruise and tour is a way to learn about the ecology and history of the river that the Edison and Ford families explored and fished. In 1886, Thomas Edison purchased 15 acres along the Caloosahatchee and built “Seminole Lodge,” his stunning winter estate facing the river. He also built a 1,800 foot long wood pier with entertaining areas and a boathouse for his electric launch, the Reliance.

Today, visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will also tour the Caloosahatchee on a modern flat-bottom vessel complete with awnings and the same leisurely travel agenda. The river cruises are a great way to experience the history of this important river and the ecology and environmental significance to southwest Florida.

Cost: Edison Ford Members adults $20, children 12 and under $15; non members adults $40, children 12 and under $30. Admission includes an audio tour of the Edison Ford homes, gardens, lab and museum as well as an historian led boat cruise of the Caloosahatchee River.

Contact Edison Ford for cruise times, ticket information, tour options and to arrange special times and dates for group reservations. River cruises are available on Sunday evenings for sunset cruises, family gatherings, private events and children’s dolphin parties. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information about the site, visit the website at

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