Forest Lawn
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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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 161,000 permanent residents in this 269-acre, non-denominational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours on various themes and subjects, educational programming,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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  • irslestravels
    27 contributions
    Christmas Show - It WAS A Wonderful Life
    We attended the Christmas production of "It WAS A Wonderful Life" at Forest Lawn Cemetery. It was an adorable production depicting some of the permanent residents interred in the cemetery and highlights they referenced when then were living. If you are in Buffalo, NY or any driving distance I encourage you to take in the show. It's approximately an hour long and you will leave with a warm heart and smile on your face. There are two shows every Saturday and Sunday through New Year's Eve. You can get ticket information and availability on their website. Forest-lawn.com
    Visited November 2022
    Written November 26, 2022
  • Richard E
    Elkins, West Virginia648 contributions
    One gigantic sculpture Garden
    I have been to several sprawling Victorian Cemeteries in the eastern part of our country, but Forest Lawn seemed like the largest yet. I visited on a rainy day. My friend suggested driving slowly through the grounds and stopping when I saw a monument that interested me. Like the proverbial child in a candy shop, I saw so many wonderful monuments that I wanted to photograph that I kept walking further and further into the grounds while my friend just parked and wondered when I would return to the car. The most impressive monument was the Blocher Mausoleum with it's four life size marble figures which was within the first area inside the entrance way. There are several other graves marked with life size or larger figures. There is an extensive section devoted to war dead from various American wars. There were several mausoleums and towering statues for a variety of groups such as firemen and members of the Elks. Unfortunately for me, it started raining again. So I was left to scan the site from our car. I'm not one who is as much interested in who is memorialized as to the work of art that marks their grave. Every direction I looked I saw something that attracted my attention. I do hope that I can return to this Garden of the Dead with its numerous sculptures sometime in the future.
    Visited October 2021
    Written October 14, 2021
  • Myra H
    25 contributions
    Sunday in the park
    This trip has been on my bucket list for ages. It did not disappoint. After a welcome and brief history of the site we climbed aboard a bus. There were about a dozen or so other people. The tour was lead by a costumed actor who was our guide as we drove through the beautiful setting. Along the way we stopped to ‘pick up’ other ‘costumed residents who had come up from below’ for the day. Each had their own story to tell. They were full of humor. Interacting with the group. They really enjoyed their jobs, saying there was plenty of room if anyone wanted to stay. There are an amazing number of well known people there whose works had a positive impact on America. I will most definitely go again!! Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
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SueScandale
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Jun 2022
I always visit family in Forest Lawn whenever I'm in Buffalo. It's one of my favorite places in the city and my favorite cemetery in the world. Where else can you go that offers the same quality of gorgeous nature, wildlife, history, beautiful monuments, and serenity in the center of the city. Truly a gem!
Written June 25, 2022
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Lisa R
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Sep 2023 • Friends
This is my second time on the trolley tour, having gone several years ago and enjoying it then as well.
I took a friend of mine, and she thought it was gonna be a drag, and ended up raving about it! When her relatives from Alaska come to visit she’s planning on taking them on a tour for a day outing. The gate keeper was most excellent and the information. Very interesting that was given during the tour. The only complaint that I would have is that there was a young child on the bus and it was very distracting when he started to holler, and I’m sure the older folks had a hard time hearing over him. I’m not quite sure why anyone would bring a one and a half year-old child on a tour like this, but Forestlawn should reconsider applying an age rule for children to attend.
Written September 25, 2023
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marcy333
Sinclairville, NY219 contributions
Sep 2019
On a random Sunday when we dd not have anything planned, I booked a trolley tour. We had a BLAST. It was narrated by a very knowledgeable guide who told us a TON about Buffalo that I had never heard. We stopped and got off to see some graves close up and the highlight was the unexpected visitors from those who call Forrest Lawn home.
Written February 13, 2020
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Renae R
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Sep 2023 • Friends
The trolley tour was great!! We learned a lot and laughed a lot!! The cemetery is beautiful, very peaceful and tranquil!! Two thumbs up to all the residents that came to visit us, I would like to do another tour and listen to more stories about Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Written September 24, 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,554 contributions
Sep 2021
Forest Lawn is a well-maintained cemetery that includes famous memorials, "residents" and even wildlife. The memorial is an unusual mausoleum designed by Frank Llyod Wright with tombstones positioned horizontally on steps leading to a pond. The famous people who are buried here include President Millard Fillmore. There is a stream and grassy area and as closing time approached, herds of deer and flocks of geese emerged to walk the paths.
Written September 18, 2021
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JOHN C
12 contributions
Oct 2019
very historic. has many many historical persons and families buried there. if you go make arrangements to take the tour bus, very interesting but bring a pillow, the bus seats are very hard. highly recommended
Written January 7, 2020
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HOTTUB_JOHNNY
30 contributions
Oct 2021
The Blocher Mausoleum is amazing. Read about it before you go to enjoy it more. Also the Blue Sky Mausoleum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is just around the corner. As well as President Millard Fillmore's final resting place. I wish we would have had more time to walk around and admire the great statuary and mausoleums.
Written October 12, 2021
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where2nextbabe
Troy, MO609 contributions
Aug 2022
My husband and I love to visit cemeteries when we visit new places. We stopped and got a map of the cemetery to help us find famous people's graves. I found out that it was actually easier to google where the gravesite is. Google gets you pretty close! Then when we got close I would google a picture of the grave site to find it. This place is huge!! We found Rick James and President Millard Fillmore's sites. We stopped and got out at a few different spots. Some of the monuments and memorials are just unbelievable.

We saw people just walking the cemetery and we saw deer everywhere. One momma with her fawn. There are bridges, waterways and large trees throughout the cemetery. This is a really well taken care of cemetery and is very beautiful.
Written August 24, 2022
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Lorraine H
Buffalo, NY6 contributions
Jun 2021
This is one of the finest and best maintained cemetaries in the state. I highly recommend the two hour tour. The tour covers all of the prominent citizens of Buffalo who are interned here and provides a fascinating glimpse into the past. The grounds are beautiful and it is a serene and lovely place to visit.
Written August 2, 2021
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UKTurkeyTrotter
uk744 contributions
Oct 2021
We were here to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's memorial. It's easy to find, go in the gate turn right and after a short walk it's on the left. Simple, uncluttered timeless style, I'm sure he would have approved.
Written October 29, 2021
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