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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Indianapolis)
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Ranked #18 of 196 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very claustrophobic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Read the sign, it states that if you are claustrophobic or fear heights, DO NOT GO UP!! The sign is right. The stairway is quite narrow, if you are a bigger guy you may have issues maneuvering around the tourists going the opposite direction. There is not a lot of room. Just something to remember if you are not the thinnest of people. There was a $2 fee to ride the elevator, but there was no one there taking tickets so some people were able to ride for free. The people working/volunteering there did not do much. It was a little chaotic for my tastes.

Visited July 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We walked up the stairs and it actually didn't take as long as we expected. It gets a little stuffy near the top until you get into the air conditioning at the very top. Our legs were a little sore afterwards but it is worth it for the views. It is free to use the stairs and if you take the stairs up you can ride down the elevator for free.

Visited July 2013
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Indianapolis
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“I didn't know you could go in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I had never been IN the monument. It was very hot and claustrophobic, but the view at the top was so worth it! You can either walk the 331 steps, or take the teeny elevator and only walk 31 steps. Steps are very narrow, tight and hot...but so worth the panic-stricken moments to get to the top!

Visited July 2013
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Evansville, IN (US)
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A very good spot just not for July 4 fireworks.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed at Hilton which was like block or two from here.....going towards the hotel the view of this place was amazing. So when we went out on feet this was the first spot we visited....and it was worth it. We searched a lot for best place to view fireworks and this was one of the suggested spot. So after roaming around downtown indy for 3 hours including war memorial at N Meridian st (may I say perfect spot to watch fireworks) we came here as it was closer to hotel. And we had no reason to doubt our decision since there was hardly any space to stand for two of us and park our stroller. But as soon as fireworks started it was huge disappointment as the view was blocked by this huge building I think Hilton garden inn but I may be wrong about name. And almost everybody started running towards east market street so we followed and most people stopped but we kept moving toward east until we hit Pennsylvania st. And there we could see unblocked view of fireworks.

Visited July 2013
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Bountiful, Utah
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109 reviews 109 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
“Take the Stairs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

It's beautiful. It's historic. It's free. And, there's a fabulous view awaiting you at the top. There are 330 stairs to the top. Don't let that intimidate you. It took us less than 15 minutes to walk up, and less than 10 to walk down. The stairs are well worn and narrow, so be sure to watch your step as you go, and it gets very hot toward the top of the stairwell, however you will be rewarded with great views and air-conditioning. Well worth your time to see this!

Visited June 2013
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