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Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Categories: Military Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 420 reviews on the web
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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  • I am a member of the Minnesota Arboretum so I was pleasantly surprised when I called and inquired if Cantigny Park was affiliated, that it was. (Parking for a car is $5 and entrance fee is $10/per per...  read more »
  • One of best places in Dupage county for family pictures, graduation pictures, wedding pictures, prom pictures, or any kind of party pictures. Also they have banquet facilities and plenty of acreage fo...  read more »
  • There are tanks and military equiptment here outside the gardens near the parking lot on which kids can climb and have a wonderful time. The gardens are beautiful too. 
  • We really enjoyed our first time at the park today. There is a $10 fee for entrance to the park. The grounds are beautiful and there is plenty of parking. It was nice to see lots of families having BBQ's and celebrating birthdays there. We even saw a young girl having professional photos taken on the grounds. It would definitely be a nice place for a wedding! The gardens are really amazing if you take it slow and really examine all the plants. The little chilies were amazing as well as the large tropical plants! The weather was just a bit on the cooler side, so we didn't use the splash pad today. There were tanks set all over the right side of the park which was very cool to see and read about. The kids loved climbing all over them. We will definitely have to come back in the Fall and view the colorful flora and fauna
  • Cantigny is a beautiful park that beautifully intertwines nature and history. My family and I always love to visit in the evenings (close to closing) when the admission price is discounted. We were disappointed to find during our recent visit that the gate price was increased to $10.00, even at 6:00 pm, and even though all the museums were closed. Furthermore, the visitors center was closed for a private event.
  • Estate of colonel Mccormick who loved his sorry but eventful military career so much he dedicated his estate to the 1st ID. Nice gardens, historic mansion, and golf courses. Free for veterans
  • Nice park to spend the day. Best time to come is on weekdays. Nice place for picknick. In addition they have nice camping sites to spend the night under open sky.
  • Coming here is awesome! The best days to come, imo, are the Revolutionary War reenactment days. They have a full set of stores set up with handmade, period-accurate goods, and they use weapons that would actually be used during battles! It can get a bit loud for younger (and older) kids, but seeing an actual cannon go off is awesome.
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