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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925 8231
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Ranked #16 of 80 attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Founded in 1863, Crown Hill is the nation’s 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills located across the street from the... more » Owner description: Founded in 1863, Crown Hill is the nation’s 3rd largest 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 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. « less
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Tecumseh, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 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.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 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... More

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

If you come here in the spring or fall you can easily forget you're walking in a cemetery, despite the fact there are headstones everywhere. The colorful trees and rolling hills (something VERY rare in Indianapolis) are enough to coax me here for a warm afternoon stroll. I first went to Crown Hill as a child when we came for... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Of course go to the James Whitcomb Riley grave. That is supposed to be the highest spot in Indy. There is a gorgeous view of downtown skyline. There are some very unusual grave markers in the cemetery. Picnic table graves, benches, stone trees, etc. Famous people are buried there. Military section. I always take out of towners there for a... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Okay, not everyone enjoys visiting cemetaries. It creeps some out while others get lost in their interest. Well, this one is unique. First of all, it is big which means regardless of your interest's bent, there is a good chance you'll find it here. If you like hunting down the graves of interesting people, you will find poets, famous writers,... More

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Columbia City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This large and amazingly beautiful cemetary has many beautiful monuments (dating back to the 19th century), and a gorgeous Gothic Chapel. It is a peaceful setting with many old trees. Interesting place to drive around. James Whitcomb Riley is buried at the top of the "Crown Hill".

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable & friendly. We arrived around dusk and used flashlights to read the markers.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This cemetery is amazing and is now home to several big name people that I am sure everyone will recognize. But as a runner who was "forced" to spend a year living near here, this was the only place that I felt safe running in. There was always a cop when I would enter the cemetery early in the morning,... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I recommend not only visiting Crown Hill Cemetery but taking one of the tours they offer. I took the Heritage tour with some of my friends. We all moved to Indianapolis 3-4 years ago, so we still have much to learn about the city. We learned a lot just on this tour! First of all, the cemetery is gorgeous and... More

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