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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #13 of 83 attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Danville, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

It seems a little odd to visit a cemetery when you don't have any loved ones buried there, but the grounds are beautifully maintained and the trees that are planted here are wonderful. There are tree tours that take you through to some of the unique tree species planted here and it's really fascinating. Also, the view from James Whitcomb... More

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Sellersburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Probably the most beautiful place in Indianapolis. The hill with Riley's grave afforded the best views of the city. Very nice, considering Indianapolis has mostly flat terrain. Even got to see the grave of Robert Irsay (the man who brought the Colts to town) with a Colt horseshoe on the monument.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Just beautiful! Drive to the highest point for a view of the Indianapolis skyline while surrounded by Greek temple style mausoleums. Magnificent, huge Art Deco style community mausoleum and a gorgeous Gothic chapel. Visit President Benjamin Harrison’s grave (and other famous people including U.S. Vice Presidents and John Dillinger). Statuary of all kinds including some modern art. Just a beautiful... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I often visit several graves of my love ones and they are always well kept. I like on Memorial Day a flag is on my husband's grave.

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