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Cantigny Park, Wheaton
(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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Reviews
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  • This is must see in the Western Suburbs. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing. The tanks are fun for the family and the restaurant is a nice place to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the view of...  more »
  • This museum, historic home and extensive gardens have something for everyone (even picnic and playground equipment for the little ones). We visited in early November and the rose garden still had plen...  more »
  • Cantigny is beautiful and a popular spot for photoshoots. There is a $5 parking fee for cars, higher fees for other types of vehicles. There are many different types of wildlife found around the park ...  more »
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  • My kids live to climb on the tanks. Their museum us really well done. You walk through trenches in WWI and then hit the beach on D-day in a landing craft in WWII. We came away with very powerful insights into these events.
  • Gardens are fantastic and the museums are well worth it. 5$ to park is fantastic family oriented Even a trolly to help you to get around if you don't feel like walking. Recommend you visit not on the weekend since it gets crowded
  • One of many well maintained garden parks we have visited. Also has a war memorial and extensive armor display. Note Cantigny will be closed starting in November 2016 and will reopen late summer 2017. They will be making extensive changes to the gardens.
  • 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
  • Very nice park, I wish I found this place sooner. Lost of families out for a stroll. Many places to visit and paths to take. Real Army tanks on display and kids can touch and climb on some of them. Really great place to come for family photographs and spend some time in the Museum and learn about D day and other war battles. Very inespensive and you can spend a while day there, bring a picnic basket or a bbq and hang out with the family. Plenty of room to play frisbee or tag football.