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“Pretty Cool for a graveyard!”

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.
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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“Pretty Cool for a graveyard!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Do a little research before you go. There are many racers here plus war heroes and the highest point in Indianapolis....yes, really. The family will love it!

Visited May 2014
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Eagle, Colorado
1 review
“Memorial Day!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

So glad we were able to go to this ceremony. No better place to honor our fallen Heros on Memorial Day! Be sure watch the confederate march.

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Tecumseh, Michigan
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“Great Tour - Fabulous Tour Guide!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

I took my 3 kids on an over-night trip from southern Michigan down to Indianapolis during spring break. We scheduled a private tour with a guide at Crown Hill Cemetery. So much history about a place and its people can be learned from a cemetery. Our guide was Charlotte and she was absolutely wonderful! She knew so much information, was full of energy and easily kept my 16, 14 & 11 yr olds engaged. By getting a private tour we were able to ask a lot of questions and personally interact with the guide and the cemetery as well. It was well worth the price, and I would encourage anyone visiting Indy to be sure to schedule a tour as well.

Visited April 2014
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Collinsville, Illinois
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8 reviews
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“Family reunion”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

My family is buried in Crown Hill and I can spend the day paying respect to my Mom, grandma, grandpa, nephew, great grand parents etc. Well maintained, easy to locate graves with the on-line maps and marking in the cemetery. Lots of history here.

Visited March 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews
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“Breath taking”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Crown Hill is one of the largest cemetery across the U.S. It has so many famous people that is buried there. President Benjamin Harrison, James Whitcomb Riley, all the Lilly's family. There also a beautiful Aids memorial. So much history at this cemetery. I like to at go 3 to 4 times a year, its breath taking and so much to look at. I highly recommend it, you wont be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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