There is something new at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates this summer just in time for families visiting with children. The new tour — with an entertaining twist — is available on an audio wand just right for children to enjoy.
The audio is set up with numbered stops throughout the historic gardens and the device has quiz questions and investigations just right for students. Voice actors portraying both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford narrate the new tour while taking students through 20 stops. There is a map also with additional information and way finding. The audio and map are available in English, French, German and Spanish.
The narration includes comparisons to technology and life today so that children will understand some interesting science and history. To make the audio program extra interesting for kids, the audio includes sound effects of animals, trains, music playing and even the family splashing in the swimming pool.
The tour highlights include Edison’s winter home and guest house, his study, pier, swimming pool, Moonlight Garden and caretaker’s house, plus Ford’s winter home, caretaker’s house, garage and the famous Mysore Fig tree. A self-guided tour of the museum and Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory, as well as the gardens is included. There is also a question and answer for children to complete and return to staff for a prize in the Museum Store.
The audio is geared toward children and families; however, anyone visiting can select this tour option during the audio orientation. Visitors should allow at least an hour for the audio tour; however, two hours or more is recommended for touring the entire property, museum and laboratory.
Dining at Edison Ford has been expanded with lunch, dinner and snack options at The Edison Ford Marina and Pinchers restaurant and the onsite Banyan Café.
Cost of the self-guided audio tour is $20 with options to add in a guided tour. For additional information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.