Both the Edison and Ford Families were fascinated by the Caloosahatchee. They loved living on the river banks; they boated its waters on Edison’s electric boat, Reliance; fished from the pier; and explored the estuaries and nearby islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
The Edison Ford Cruise and Tour programs will continue to explore the history, ecology and geography of this wonderful river. This season the project will be expanded even more to include a new Pinchers Restaurant, beverages, and an easy connector between Edison Ford and our new neighbor, The Marina at Edison Ford (River Marker 55 and 2360 West 1st St., Fort Myers). Thomas and Mina Edison will often join the River Cruises.
Captiva Cruises has been our partner on the river for many years, providing in-depth natural history, river history, and a top notch cruise program. Sometime this summer, they will be bringing a boat to be permanently located at The Marina at Edison Ford, and there will be daily cruises seven days a week.
River Cruise & Tours from Captiva Island
● Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., departing from McCarthy Marina
The River Cruise & Tours from Captiva Island to Edison Ford is available on Wednesdays during season. The river tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee ecologically and culturally, includes a view of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates from the water and guided tour of the Edison and Ford historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. Participants will arrive at the NEW Marina at Edison Ford and will have time to enjoy lunch on their own at Pinchers at The Marina.
Cost: $65 Adults, $60 Children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes an historian led tour of the river and Edison Ford.
Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300.
River Cruise & Self-Guided Tour of Edison Ford
● Wednesdays, Noon and 1:00 p.m.
River Cruise of the Caloosahatchee and self-guided tours of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates depart from The Marina at Edison Ford. Self-guided tour includes audio tour of the Edison and Ford historic homes and gardens, admission to the Edison lab and Inventions Museum and cruise of the Caloosahatchee River with Captiva Cruises. Cost: $45 Adults, $35 Children (ages 12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford ticket office. Participants will depart from the NEW Marina at Edison Ford and will have time to enjoy lunch on their own at Pinchers Restaurant.
Groups of 20 or more will receive a group rate DISCOUNT with advance reservations. Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford is available for large and small groups with lunch packages starting at $20. For more information contact Edison Ford Group Sales at 239-334-7419.
Daily River Cruise & Edison Ford Tours will begin late Spring, departing from The Marina at Edison Ford.