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Crown Hill Cemetery

Address: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone Number: 317 925-3800
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Ranked #11 of 65 Attractions in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Looking for something different to do while bored in Indy. Decided to visit cemetery. Beautiful grounds and history. Very fun and interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

So much history, beautiful grounds, beautiful statues & head stones. Loved the Fallen Hero area and enjoyed some Geocaching as well. A person could spend an entire day or 3 here. The place is so big, we had to GPS our car as we lost our bearings being enthralled in the environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Crown hill is a great place to bike or hike steeped in history. There are 25 miles of wonderful paved roads with a few mild hills. The view is spectacular and boasts one of the highest points in Marion County. You can see Lucas Oil Stadium and the Motor speedway ion a clear day. Lots of historical figures are buried... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We had a great drive. Stop in at the front and pick up a map as this place is enormous. It is very majestic in some areas. It is worth your while to stop in the chapel with the stain glass windows (forget the name) as they are striking. We also got to see 2 peaceful deer relaxing in a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When our family suggested going on a bike ride to the cemetery, my wife was a little weary, but this ended up being an excellent fall bike ride. We went in October when the leaves were changing and rode to the top of the hill where you can see downtown and look over the tree tops for miles. Really cool... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

3rd largest cemetery in the US. Beautiful grounds and the highest point in Indy. Has a national cemetery and a Confederate Cemetery with in the grounds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautifully landscaped historical cemetery. I like to visit the resting places of our Presidents and I got to see Benjamin Harrison here. Then threw in John Dillinger for good measure. The sections are plainly marked but that doesn't make them as easy to follow as you would think. Still worth the effort.

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My father's best friend own's this cemetery (or rather his company does), so it was a no-brainer to bury him there when he past away at a young age. I visit here regularly to place flowers at his tomb, and honestly they keep the grounds beautifully. You can tell they care about the people who are there, the people who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful program in a unique setting. There is something magical about sitting this close to such wonderful voices, surrounded by gothic architecture and a acoustically perfect venue. A mixture of opera, Broadway and campy popular songs, this program has something for everyone. Afterwards, hike to the top of Crown Hill for a spectacular view of downtown Indy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Visiting a cemetery for fun? Sounds ghoulish doesn't it? We took our seats in the Gothic Chapel (built in 875) on a crisp, clear evening. We were greeted by witches and warlocks in pointy hats, decorated with light and flair! The Phantom (Charles Manning) entered, and began the evening with wonderful music from the large pipe organ that resides in... More 

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