Adam's Park in Wheaton, IL is the former location of former president John Quincy Adam's home. After his term, President Adams purchased the property with a large house, and gardern. Today, the city of wheaton has preserved as much of the park as they could and turned it into a beautiful park near the downtown area. It is the perfect place to stop and have a picnic, or take a walk. There are several park benches where one can stop and take a rest, or read a book under the tree canopy.
The park has a series of sidewalks that make it accessible and easy to walk. In the middle of the garden, there is a fountain that is part of the original property. A plaque explains more of the history of the area and shows what the property looked like with the house still in tact.
The park is a great quick stop on your way to or from the downtown area.
Cosley Zoo is the perfect place for school age kids to get outside. The zoo contains farm animals as well as animals native to Illinois. There is a small outdoor food stand with ice cream and snacks for sale. Plenty of picnic area if you prefer to bring your own food. Kids can run around in the open field surrounded by the picnic field or move stumps, logs, and pebbles in the fenced off "nature" playground. There is also a sandbox and giant bird nest for imaginative play. Spend an hour here or take your time and spend the afternoon.