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“Nice way to spend some time”

Crown Hill Cemetery
Ranked #21 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills. Located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife (including a herd of white-tailed deer), and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route," including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel (1875), Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate (both 1885). Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Crown Hill's popular guided tours were twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," and listed as one of "5 Things to Do in Indy Before You Die" by the Indianapolis Star. Visitors can attend one of many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. Pick-up a new Visitor's Guide Map at the Waiting Station building inside the 34th St. gate (3400 Boulevard Place). For more info on their national award-winning coffee table book titled "Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary," guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.
Monticello, Kentucky
1 review
“Nice way to spend some time”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

It was an interesting way to spend some time. There was some nice statues and plenty of squirrels running around the grounds. The place is huge so have an idea of what you want to see when you get there; I had to get my cell phone out to look up the location of John Dillinger's grave (Section 44).

Visited March 2012
Thank Jess P
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Fairfax, Virginia
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“A pleasant walk among greenery and history”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

Crown Hill Cemetary may be an unusual choice for a stroll in the city. Let me assure you that you will find it to be a most pleasant walk indeed. The grounds are large and quite open with many large trees. One sees the final resting places of all sorts of distinguished and not-so-distinguished Indianapolitans. The section south of 38th Street seems to consist almost entirely of burials made many decades ago, showing cemetary architecture which is much more interesting and intricate than the rather simple burial memorials we've seen since World War II.

Visited March 2012
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Fishers, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A cemetery as a vacation stop?”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Yes! One of the nations largest cemeteries, it's a 150 year old cemetery that is still growing. Much Indiana history here, from the Civil War to the present day. Lot's of famous "residents". Check at the office for information on walking tours.

Visited September 2011
Thank Gerry D
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“As decent as a cemetery can be”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

My grandparents were buried there, so my family visits often. The staff is helpful if you don't know where you are going. Be careful about contacting them for plots, some of the staff is pushy and will call and border-line harass you. They offer to put wreaths out on your loved ones' headstone for a fee, but I recommend making one yourself. It turns out way prettier and cheaper. Services and burials are as to be expected, but done in a respectful way.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank IndianapolisJane
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Greenwood, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lots of history”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

I love to take my camera and walk through interesting places. This is a lot of walking but well worth it.

Thank mpearl2012
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