VIP Tour: Fruit and Spice Park, Cauley Square Historic Village and Coral Castle
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2350 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33901
Our first tour of the season is to the Redlands in Homestead, known as the agricultural area of South Florida. The first destination is the Fruit and Spice Park. This 37-acre subtropical paradise, with more than 500 hundred varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and other plants is nestled in the heart of the historic Redlands area. It is the jewel of the agricultural community, and was started by a woman with a vision named Mary Calkins Heinlein. It is the only public garden of its kind in the U.S. A knowledgeable docent will lead us on a private tram tour of the property. Next, we will visit Cauley Square Historic Village. Refreshments will be provided as we stroll through the shaded garden paths to learn about the history of the Flagler Railroad and the agricultural community of the early 1900s. We will have a private lunch (included) at the Chalet. Our final stop will be to the famous Coral Castle. This oolite limestone structure was created by Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin or “Ed.” We will learn how Ed single-handedly and secretly carved 3 million pounds of coral rock into his castle! Join us and learn more about the mystery. This tour is limited to 40 participants.
All tours are subject to change and are based on availability. Spaces are limited. Pre-paid, advanced registration is required. For questions or to make a reservation for this or any tour, please contact Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 or [email protected]. Tours fill up quickly, so reserve your space early!
Edison Ford members: $135; non-members: $150