Looking for a reason to head to sunny Florida in February? The annual car show at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a great reason to head to the Sunshine State…

With the thermometer hovering in the teens at our home base in the midwest, we started reminiscing about warmer times and places. Eventually we found some pictures from a fairly recent visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers and immediately wished we were down in the 70 degree sunshine of Florida. If only we had an excuse to go back down there…

Oh, we do. And you do too.

It’s their Annual Antique Car Show being held on February 2nd, 2019.

via EFWE

The car show features more than 100 classic cars all displayed beautifully on the lawn of the Ford estate, a fitting tribute to the man that revolutionized the automotive industry.

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via EFWE

Of course, it’s not just a car show. It’s one heck of a family-friendly party. In addition to the cars, there will be plenty of food trucks and music for visitors. Tickets to the show also include admission to the entire grounds, so if you’ve always wanted to visit the estates, it’s a great way to check it off your bucket list. (Tickets are $20 for non-members and free for members)

Maybe the only thing better than being a spectator for the car show would be to actually display your antique Ford on Henry Ford’s very own lawn. That’s a dream come true for you blue oval folks. If you’re thinking of showing off your Ford, better register soon. From the Edison and Ford Winter Estates:

“Registrations are being accepted for Ford models 1980 and older. To register a car, register online or download the form from our website. The deadline for registration is January 30 and the fee is $20 for one car and $10 for each additional car (includes admission for the registered participant and one passenger).”

What makes the Edison and Ford Winter Estates so special:

As the name implies, it was the chosen Florida retreat of two of America’s most iconic innovators. The close friends and business associates, eventually constructed a truly magnificent spread of homes, gardens, and even a laboratory where Edison worked on his rubber projects- a shared pursuit of Firestone, Edison, and Ford.

Today, the estates encompass over 20 acres of botanical gardens and historic structures including the famous laboratory. All have been lovingly restored to their 1929 splendor, and an on-site museum also provides visitors with in-depth information about both families and their contributions to the world.

Put simply, the place has something for everyone… For the automotive lover, there’s old Fords and antique engines to fawn over. For the history buff, there’s plenty about life in the early 1900s. For the botanist, the beautiful gardens feature all sorts of plants. For the scientist, the laboratory is a unique glimpse into Edison’s scientific explorations. And for everyone currently sitting in freezing tempts… It’s warm there!

See more photos from our trip to the Winter Estates in the gallery below:

A visit to the estates is great any time of the year, but if you can use the car show as an excuse to head to Florida, why not?

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901