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Cantigny Park, Wheaton

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Military Museum Historic Site
Explore the grounds of Colonel Robert McCormick's 12 hectare (30 acre) estate at Cantigny Park. Upon his death in 1955, the World War I veteran's estate was donated to the McCormick Foundation for use as a public facility. Park your car for a small fee and gain access to a wide variety of indoor, outdoor, and educational activities. Watch the short welcome video inside the visitor center to learn more about the park's history and its current features. Stroll through the gardens containing over 160,000 perennials, annuals, trees, and flowering shrubs, as well as a world-class rose garden. Head to the tank park to view the large collection of armored vehicles dating from World War I to present day. Finally, try out the estate's 27-hole golf course, or visit one of the two museums. Go for a hike or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant on-site. To visit Cantigny Park and other attractions in Wheaton, use our Wheaton vacation generator.
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  • Don't miss it! The grounds and gardens are lovely, and while there are a few places in the Wheaton area to enjoy nature, it is one of my favorites. If you like history, visit the McCormick house. Lots...  more »
  • My wife and I have visited the park and museum many times. We finally tried a Segway tour and it was awesome. We saw park of the park we had never seen. You need to call to make a reservation.  more »
  • In January we went to see the house on the grounds. We also took a tour of the house. The lady who was taking us around was helping us with all the information she knows. This is a place to see not ju...  more »
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  • I love history [Robert McCormick] and beautiful gardens. They also have a museum for the big red 1. A field of tanks ( right now they are renewing some of the grounds and the museum. The mansion is open and it's beautiful.
  • As a former Big Red One veteran, this place is awesome. I have been fortunate to have been able to visit here my entire life. They host great events and the place is immaculate. The museum is great and hosts an amazing amount of artifacts and offers a detailed history
  • Tour the Gardens, Mansion, & Museum, & Climb the Tanks! Cantigny is one of our favorite parks with acres of beautiful gardens, the McCormick Mansion, the extraordinary Big Red One First Division US Army Military Museum, and dozens of tanks and vehicles you can climb. All of this only costs $10 a carload! We love the manicured park and gardens and the wide variety of flowers and trees. (See photos.) The stunning 35-room mansion was the home of Colonel Robert McCormick, former Chicago Tribune publisher. The Mansion is open most days for tours. It was cool seeing where scenes from Tom Hank’s "A League of Their Own" were shot. The Museum exhibits are fun and are being updated but your kids may just want to spend the day playing on the tanks. (More photos!) Plus there is a golf course, another museum, playgrounds, a gift shop and restaurant. Secret: Scout Troops or Packs can still camp here each weekend! So much to explore. Cantigny is usually open daily except in January and is about 30 miles west of Chicago.
  • I had played the golf course but never had visited the park. What a wonderful surprise. The McCormick Mansion tour was very interesting. The military tanks and wartime exhibits were well done and informative. The gardens and park were lovely and there was a band concert. We spent over four hours there without even trying. We had a great day!!
  • Cantigny is a super nice place to go when you have a free day. You only have to pay for parking and once you are in there are lots of things to do. We like climbing on the tanks, visiting the military museum (which actually simulates and mocks up different environments taking you from the trenches of WWI, to Normandy in WWII, to the jungles of Vietnam), walking around the grounds and gardens, and playing at the park. You should also check their event calendar on their website because they a lot of times have things like reenactments, car shows, outdoor movies or concerts, as well as festivals and other events. Great place for a nice family friendly outing or a quiet day walking the gardens and learning about McCormick and the history of the grounds with the available tours.