Wheaton is home to many educational attractions showcasing the town's colorful history and culture. The DuPage County Historical Museum celebrates the county's history with changing exhibits and a model of the local railroads. The historic Cantigny building was once the home of Col. Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The 500-acre compound includes 10 acres of gardens, paths and picnic grounds.
Recreational activities are plentiful in Wheaton and everyone will find something fun to do. Children will love the Cosley Zoo, a small facility featuring domestic farm animals and native Illinois wildlife. Two water parks provide numerous ways to cool down in the summer and offer everything from slides to lap pools to waterfalls. The Lincoln Marsh Natural Area is a 135-acre ecosystem made up of prairie, woodland, savanna and marsh. Over 300 species of animal, bird and plant life can be seen year-round. The Arrowhead Golf Club encompasses 221 acres of wooded land and offers 27 challenging holes of golf as well as groomed trails, banquet facilities and a pro shop. Danada Forest Preserve offers hay and sleigh rides and houses an equestrian center. Fishing, picnicking and hiking are favorite activities at nearby Herrick Lake, while bikers and runners will enjoy the town's extensive network of paths, some constructed on old railroad beds.
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