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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone Number: +1 317-925-3800
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555...
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.
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Beautiful old cemetery

Beautiful cemetery. Great tours - nice place to walk. Lots of deer roaming around. But - do not make your funeral arrangements with them. I was very disappointed with their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful cemetery. Great tours - nice place to walk. Lots of deer roaming around. But - do not make your funeral arrangements with them. I was very disappointed with their service and price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A lot of people do not know this, but some of the most beautiful sights in any city are the grave yards. This one is LARGE extending from on Meridian to Michigan road, to Kessler and alongside MLK drive. there are several entrances and I chose the one nearest the Indianapolis Museum of Art. eaceful walk, not crowded at all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

the history and scenic views make this a wonderful stop. Be sure to visit Riley's tomb it is a site to see downtown from there.

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Indianapolsi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I enjoy visiting this place often. it seem I find something different every time I visit. Most recently I found the John Dillinger grave. The tomb stone art is amazing. Visit on Memorial day for a truly unique experience. If you have school age children looking for a leaf collection this is the perfect place with a map and labeled... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great place to tour, walk, bike, get leaves for kids school projects. 25 miles of paved roads. Awesome skyline view from James Whitcomb Riley gravesite. They encourage visitors to come and walk, ride their bikes, picnic, etc.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Grounds well kept. Would like to have seen some markers telling about the history of the cemetery--I was glad to have a personal tour guide who lives in the area. Pretty view of downtown from the hilltop. Worth a visit if you are in to visiting cemeteries.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My teenage son and I visited from out of town. We went during the week so no tours were being offered. We picked up a map and drove around the grounds. Beautiful and peaceful, stopped at some of the more notable sites. I am glad we went but would be much more enjoyable as a tour to learn the history... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We opted to go on the Dillinger and other Notables tour. The tour cost only 4$ (senior) and lasted about 2 hours. We walked some (maybe a mile or two) and also drove our car to get to a different spot. The tour guide was well informed and shared historical and amusing facts about the graves we visited. The cemetery... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Crown Hill Cemetery was one of my "musts" for photo shoot venues while visiting family in Indianapolis. My first find was the gothic chapel within the 34th Street Gates. Stunning. Driving past, I came upon two antlered bucks (one an 8-pointer), a doe and spotted fawn. Other highlights were the Crown (highest point in Marion County) at James Whitcomb Riley's... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a quiet, peaceful place in the middle of a busy city. it is one of the five largest cemeteries in the United States with many historic grave sites. The number and size of the monuments and mausoleums is amazing. The office staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. My mother was buried here 50 years ago and my wonder... More 

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