Often known as the “City of Palms” for beautification efforts begun in the late 1800's, Fort Myers is frequently cited by tourists for its stunning royal palms lining McGregor Boulevard some towering at 75 feet. Tourists are also drawn to the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and vibrant arts scene emerging as part of the downtown revitalization in Fort Myers. Boating along the scenic Caloosahatchee River, tropical gardening and a variety of golf courses provide something for everyone. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were early fans of Fort Myers, selecting the region as a winter retreat. Today, visitors can tour the Edison-Ford winter estates and participate in the two-week Festival of Light extravaganza, held in Edison’s honor.