Spring Break

Wildlife, Shells, and Thomas Edison’s Laboratory


The best family vacations combine mind-improving visits to museums and historic houses with enough recreation to keep the kids happy; the older and moodier your children grow, the more carefully you choose and apportion your ingredients.

Last April my husband, Kevin, and I took our two teenage boys to Lee County, Florida. A visit to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates would be the educational uplift, relaxing on Sanibel Island the reward.Read more »

Florida: Fort Myers, Sanibel

To Plan a Trip

For help organizing your visit, call the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (888-231-6933) or visit its Web site, www.fortmyers-sanibel.com . Julie and Mike Neal’s Sanibel & Captiva: A Guide to the Islands is an excellent book to keep at hand; in addition to covering hotels and restaurants, it has chapters on identifying shells and birds. Edison’s house is now open after a major restoration; visit the Web site, www.edison-ford-estate.com .Read more »