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Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum - Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Ranked #21 of 127 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War.
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.

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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!

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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.

Thank A_PSG
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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!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is a must-see while visiting the city. The beautiful monument has an air-conditioned observation deck on the top that provides great panoramic views of the city and photo ops. You have the choice of taking the stairs for 100% free, or paying $2 for the elevator ride. If you don't have any major health problems, I highly recommend taking the stairs. You'll get some extra exercise and "earn" that view! It is 330 steps to the top. It took us only 13 minutes to make the climb up and less than 10 coming back down. Each step of the memorial has a plaque dedicated to a veteran. The stairs do get narrower and narrower as you go higher, and it's a bit of a tight squeeze at the end, especially if you encounter anyone coming down while you are trying to go up. As warning, for about the final 3 staircases it gets incredibly hot and humid because the stairs are not air-conditioned. However, when you come out on top there is a great reward of fresh cold air and nice views.

2  Thank Hollyday66
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