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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #13 of 85 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum... more » Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and 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 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], the 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. Twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, and featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," visitors can attend one of their many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. For more info on our coffee table book, guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online. « less
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

If you are into Cemetery Excursions, this is the place to go. A guided tour is highly recommended to get the most out of the visit. Many historical people are buried here.

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Indianapolis, IN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

So much history in a beautiful park setting! I love to go there and just relax ... Winding drives and trees from all over the world ... president's, poets, gangsters, sport figures, military and my family members!

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Staines, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The cemetery is very peaceful and beautiful and gives you time for reflection whatever your beliefs. My wife and I often visit such places when we are on road trips especially if famous people are buried there. At Crown Hill there were 3 graves which we were interested in and we obtained a map and directions at the Reception Center... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went on one of the tours and it was very informative and interesting as well as entertaining. I would like to go on one of the other tours.

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Danville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place to drive and walk through. Many beautiful mausoleum's to see, the grave of Dillinger is especially different due to the way homage is paid to it. The grounds are well kept, crown hill will offer you quite a view. The civil war area is very informative. While in Indy be sure to go see monument circle.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Never would have guessed I would have driven through a cemetery just to see it. Glad I did though. This cemetery is huge and the tombstones are unbelievable. Also got to watch about 15 deer walking around. If your looking for something to do take a ride through. It will impress you.

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Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I love this cemetery it is huge and has some amazing tombstones and quite a number of famous buried here! If you go you must make a stop by John Dillinger's grave!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A huge cemetery with numerous ponds and small woods, which is pleasant just to drive through. I think they actually have a tour brochure at the office that shows you where all the famous graves are....

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Pittsburgh, PA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You can see the highlights, President Harrison and John Dillinger but wonder around its a very beautiful place.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The cemetery has a number of delightful tours, but we were only in town long enough to take one called Skeletons in the Closet. It has nothing to do with ghosts. They tell the true stories about the luminaries of Indianapolis. Some of them were wild and crazy guys and gals. You’ll learn about the lengths to which people went... More

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