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Forest Lawn

Address: 1411 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone Number: +1 716 885 1600
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Ranked #4 of 166 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn – located in Buffalo, NY...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn – located in Buffalo, NY – is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1849; today there are more than 157,000 permanent residents in this 269-acre, non-denominational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours, educational programming, flag retirement ceremonies for scouts, special veteran programming and so much more. Forest Lawn is the only local full-service cemetery for traditional and cremation arrangements listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautifully landscaped, interesting tours or walk it on your own. Bird and wildlife watching, a cool spot in the heat of summer.

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Buffalo, NY
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I took the trolley tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery with a group of friends. The guides were quite knowledgeable, providing information about many of the people who were buried in the cemetery. At many points in the tour, actors appear to impersonate historical figures. Don't miss seeing Frank Lloyd Wright's Blue Sky Mausoleum!

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sstarks, Manager at Forest Lawn, responded to this review

It is fun taking the tour with your friends. This season we will be encouraging guests to organize a private trolley or walking tour for family, friends and/or business associates. We will be offering our art tour, famous history tour, nature walk and various other subjects. Keep in mind we also do presentations for church groups, meetings, etc. We love... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Lots of history, beautiful grounds, lovely statuary and abundant peace. This is a wonderful place to walk, think and just enjoy nature. Very clean and well kept.

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Getzville, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

There is so much history to learn about and so many fascinating stories. One tour is not enough. I will go again and again as there is so much hidden Buffalo history to learn about.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Absolutely beautiful place with some of the most remarkable crypts, etc. Plan to spend some time here (not permanently, of course! ;-) Lots of people instrumental in the forming of Buffalo are buried here. Really a local treasure.

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Nashville
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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Forest Lawn offers various tours through the year. I went to visit some dearly departed family members. The lady in the front office was very friendly and gave excellent instructions. I enjoyed riding around looking at all the famous graves. The cemetery is impeccably maintained. It does close early so no night time hanging out through the grounds. If you... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

A huge cemetery in a park-like setting, this is a place well worth visiting. The grave markers and other monuments are amazing. Even on a cold fall day, the place was beautiful.

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Buffalo, New York
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

One of the best "park" cemeteries, this beautiful place is the final resting place of Millard Fillmore, our 13th president, Rick James, and many other famous folk. Amazing sculptures. Free. Tours available.

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Buffalo, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

There is such a rich history at this cemetery, that one could go daily for months and not see or learn everything. Stop at the visitor center and get a map and some pamphlets on its history and the historic/significant people buried there. As well as all the beautiful antique carved headstones statues mausoleums. Not to mention it's beautifully landscaped... More 

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Williamsville, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My visit here was the first time I had been to Forest Lawn as a tourist and it was soooo worthwhile. We went on a Sunday and in stead of taking the tour bus, we simply walked while listening to beautiful classical music. At one point an actor dressed as William McKinley stepped out from behind his tombstone and quite... More 

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sstarks, Manager at Forest Lawn, responded to this review

What a lovely way to spend the day... strolling through the cemetery listening to classical music. On Sundays many of our "residents" pop up for a breath of fresh air and Millard Fillmore ( not William McKinley - he is peacefully resting in Canton, Ohio) is one of those that likes to connect with our visitors. One a politician always... More 

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