With four designated historic districts and nearly 20 designated historic landmarks, Fort Myers has a rich past. Revitalization of the historic downtown district has lead to the development of one of the most exciting areas in the US. Situated on the Caloosahatchee River, the area has no shortages of amenities for residents or attractions for tourists.
Edison and Ford Winter Estate
Fort Myers is home to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estate and lab. This historic property dates back to 1885 when Edison purchased the land on his very first visit to Fort Myers. Edison and his family wintered at the estate for the next six decades. In 1928, Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone partnered and built a lab on the property to study alternative sources for rubber. Visitors can browse through the historic homes, acres of botanic gardens, museum, laboratory.Visit EdisonFordWinterEstates.org
Praised as America's First Solar Powered Town, Babcock Ranch is designed as a research and development hub for clean energy methods. Vibrant, engaging, and interactive community places, gathering spaces, nature trails, roadways, and waterways create memorable experiences. Visit Woodlea Hall Discovery Center in Founder’s Square to learn more about the Babcock Ranch vision and the core initiatives that shaped the town’s development, from environment and health to technology and transportation.Visit BabcockRanch.com