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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone Number: 317 925-3800
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of...
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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Interesting and pleasant

This is a historic cemetery with a lovely view of downtown. There is a president, a famous gangster, and many other notable Indianapolis residents. There is plenty of room to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

This is a historic cemetery with a lovely view of downtown. There is a president, a famous gangster, and many other notable Indianapolis residents. There is plenty of room to walk or even run. There have been running races through the cemetery in the past. There is a nice Halloween event every year, but tickets are required. Its a great... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I was a caregiver for 103 year old family friend. She passed away in November. Crown Hill did a lovely service. I also utilized there services when my son, mother-in-law, and mom passed away. Always very professional and caring.

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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Unfortunately we were not able to go on a guided tour of the cemetery. Before I go any further, I would suggest you see if you can go on a guided tour to get the full history/information of the place. The reason for only 3 starts - no self guided walking tour/brochure is available on their website. There's some scattered... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Crown Hill is a beautiful place to walk or ride bikes. It's well marked with lines to Benjamin Harrison's (23rd American president) grave. John Dillinger's (famous bank robber that partially instigated the creation of the FBI) as well as James Whitcomb Riley (American poet and story teller) are buried there. We watched a contemporary movie about John Dillinger and then... More 

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Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This cemetery has the best view of downtown Indy. Travel all the way to James Whitcomb Riley's grave, it's the highest point of the cemetery. The view is amazing!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of Indianapolis' historic and beautiful cemeteries. Located on west 38th street and worth the visit.

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Sarasota, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This area is beautiful and an awesome review of history as you walk through the area (much like a huge park). It's rolling hills are gorgeous in all season, even when the snow is on the trees.

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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Crown Hill Cemetery should be on everyone's list a places to visit at least once while in Indianapolis. It is a beautiful place filled with history and unique Memorials. Do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon exploring there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Picturesque as can be.....from James Whitcomb ZRiley to James Dillinger..a must see if in Indianapolis

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Really huge. Most Indy residents don't realize its so big, let alone how many historical people are buried here. I've done the tour, it was amazing. Check out the website for tour dates.

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