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New Short River Cruises at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 18th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo:  New summer river cruises from Edison Ford include tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum; lunch at private club; and historian led river cruise

New Short River Cruises at Edison Ford

Fort Myers, FL(April 16, 2012)Beginning April 25, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will team up with Captiva Cruises and the Royal Palm Yacht Club to offer short cruises of the Caloosahatchee, tours of Edison Ford and lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.  The new package program will be available throughout the day every Wednesday and Thursday and on other days for prescheduled groups with special reservations.  Cruises depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Edison Ford officials feel that this is a great way to learn about the ecology and history of the river that the Edison and Ford families loved so much, explored and fished. Thomas Edison so loved the Caloosahatchee, River of the Calusa, he purchased 15 acres and built Seminole Lodge, his stunning winter estate facing the river in 1886.  He also built an 1,800 foot long wood pier  with entertaining areas and boathouses for his electric launch, the Reliance.

The original Edison historic electric launch was a twenty-four foot long flat-bottom river touring vessel which was powered by Edison Batteries (of course) and charged in the station in his boathouse.  It met the need of his growing family and visitors and was complete with stylish wicker furniture.  Over the years, the electric launch would take Edison, his wife Mina, their family, friends and visiting dignitaries on many exploration trips during their long vacations in Southwest Florida.

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 importance to Southwest Florida.

The cost of the program is Edison Ford Members: adults $30 children 12 and under $25; non members:  adults $45, children 12 and under $30 and includes an audio tour of the Edison Ford homes, gardens, lab and museum; buffet lunch at the private Royal Palm Yacht Club overlooking the estates and river; and historian led boat cruise of the Caloosahatchee River.  Visitors may purchase the tours and lunch separately:  audio tour of the Edison Ford, Members FREE, non members adults $20, children 12 and under $11; lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, $20; River cruise adults $20, children 12 and under $15.

Contact Edison Ford for cruise times, ticket information, lunch and tour options and also to arrange special times and dates for group reservations.  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 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. 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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