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Cantigny Park, Wheaton

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. Take a look at our Wheaton trip itinerary website to schedule your visit to Cantigny Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Wow, I was blown away with this place and we didn’t get to see it all. My husband is a veteran and it really brought back memories for him, especially seeing the same type of tank he used in...  more »
  • This park has a little something for everyone. Tank Park is a great introduction to the machines that assisted our troops. Tanks can be climbed on. The two major exhibit areas inside will provide you....  more »
  • We were unable to tour the house as it is being renovated, and did not see the museum as it is closed on Tuesday’s when we went, but the ground are enough give a 5 star review. It costs only $5 to...  more »
  • I have been there three times with different people and enjoyed it immensely. The mansion is a must see. Especially for those who like architecture. The guides give an excellent tour and really know their subject! This place was absolutely great and has a beautiful gardens as well. Very relaxing place.
  • This place is really cool. From the beautifully kept grounds and gardens, to the unique playground, to the awesome tanks and amazing museum, I could spend all day there with my kids. I have 2 boys so they particularly didn't want to leave the tank area. But so much to see and a great place that educates and honors the 1st Division! For anyone who appreciates the American military, our veterans, history in general, and particularly anyone with kids, I highly recommend a visit here!
  • Cantigny is the most wonderful place. It can be romantic in the gardens w just the two of you or a great place to bring the kids. The War Museum is intriguing and interesting, a learning experience in a peaceful setting . The gardens are quite large with beauty at every turn. Don't miss a tour of the McCormick Mansion. It's filled w the McCormick's things. Their imported Chinese wallpaper is still on the dining room walls; General McCormick's own books are still on his library shelves. The grounds include a gift shop, restaurant and small coffee shop. Just $5/car to get in.
  • We have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. It's a beautiful peaceful atmosphere to spend the day with the family and learn some history. The house is beautiful and it's very cool to see the military equipment. Take the ride and see it, it's VERY affordable! Stroll the grounds, enjoy the history.
  • A beautiful park to visit with family. Kids loved it here. There is no admission fees , they charge $10 for car parking. The first division musuem is a must visit. They have tanks outside the museum and kids had a good time exploring the tanks. Volunteers working there are awesome!!

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