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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

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Address: 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617-547-7105
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: Walking
Description: Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped...
Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.
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Caught the last of the turning leaves

Beautiful grounds full of historic graves, lovely landscaping, with hills and valleys, streams and ponds. View of Boston if the leaves have fallen. A great walk on a sunny day!

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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Seattle, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful grounds full of historic graves, lovely landscaping, with hills and valleys, streams and ponds. View of Boston if the leaves have fallen. A great walk on a sunny day!

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York
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51 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Find a beautiful Spring day, stop by the office for a map, and take a hike. Bring good shoes, even a picnic lunch. And discover the history of this classic American cemetery.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful places in the Boston area to walk. It is perfectly well kept and has many beautiful sections. It is easy to park, tranquil, and relaxing. THere also are a lot of famous historic people buried there.

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Boston
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We saw a pair of great horned owls. Saw a painted turtle last summer. Interesting topography, lovely trees of all sorts, beautiful place to wander.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Well, you might not think of a cemetery as the first place that comes to mind for a beautiful outdoors experience in an urban setting, but Mount Auburn Cemetery will change that opinion in just one visit. For a first visit check it out near Lilac Sunday in May when most all of the flwoering shrubs are on full display.... More 

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Florence, Italy
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

it s a beautiful cemetery. and from the top of the tower there's a lovely view of Boston. super nice walk, and birds of all kinds around!

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New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I grew up in Cambridge, and as a schoolboy went bird-watching in the cemetery. The extensive plantings encourage a variety of birds to stop over, and I am sure many nest in the cemetery as well. There are many interesting monuments and graves of famous and not-so-famous people to admire, and the landscaping is lovely. One note: bicycle riding is... More 

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Los Angeles
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141 reviews 141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

When I lived in this area I passed Mt. Auburn Cemetery hundreds of times and never visited. Now that I moved to the west coast, I can be a tourist when I come back to visit. Must say, you can come back here countless times and discover something different all the time. We took a stroll on the main areas... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a terrific place to walk in every season. Trees (many unusual) are varied, labeled and lovely, especially in spring. Monuments are interesting works of art. Ponds are pretty and peaceful. Climbing tower offers a great view. We're lucky to have this gem of the Boston area.

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boston, ma
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16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

that change in tone with our lovely four seasons. A must for locals and visitors alike! It's remarkable how many folks don't know how special Mt. Auburn is- well, I say, let them go to the Arboretum, but if they are lucky or smart enough to try the cemetery for a leisurely walk instead, they won't be disappointed.

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