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Boat Cruises & Tour Return for Season at the Edison & Ford with Captiva Cruises

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 3rd


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
photos:  Cruise up historic Lee County waterways with Captiva Cruises to the newly restored homes and gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates beginning November, 16.

Boat cruises & tour return for season
Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises
F ort Myers, FL (November 2, 2011) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Edison Ford Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2011.  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 private yacht club and guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Schedule of the tour includes:
• 10 AM – 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 AM – lunch at  private yacht club overlooking the Edison Ford and River
• 1 PM – guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
• 2:45 PM – depart from the dock at the yacht club
• 4:30 PM – arrive back to McCarthy’s Marina

The cruise is on a 45’ boat 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.

“Cruising to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates from Captiva Island is a wonderful opportunity to discover the ecology of the Back Bay Estuary and the cultural history of the area.  Pine Island Sound and the River have been vitally important to Southwest Florida for centuries,” says Paul McCarthy, president, Captiva Cruises.

After lunch passengers will enjoy a private guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, one of the top ten most visited historic sites in the nation.  Having just completed a $12 million restoration, the Edison Ford received the top award for preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Visitors will enjoy the twenty acres of gardens, historic homes, Edison Botanic Research Lab and Edison Ford Museum, as they glimpse into the lives of two of the nation’s most innovative inventors of our time.   Edison arrived at Punta Rassa in 1885 and cruised up the River to Fort Myers by boat, where he purchased land along the Caloosahatchee and built his home, known as ‘Seminole Lodge.’  The Edison and Ford families enjoyed the beautiful waterways of Southwest Florida, often fishing, shelling, boating and exploring our beaches,” says Chris Pendleton, Edison Ford president & CEO.  “Guests will step back in time to experience ‘old Florida’ just as the Edison and Ford families did over 100 years ago.”

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.  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 Estates.  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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