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Crown Hill Cemetery

700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #13 of 82 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Do a little research before you go. There are many racers here plus war heroes and the highest point in Indianapolis....yes, really. The family will love it!

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Eagle, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

So glad we were able to go to this ceremony. No better place to honor our fallen Heros on Memorial Day! Be sure watch the confederate march.

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Tecumseh, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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