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“A park like setting”
Review of Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery
Ranked #7 of 61 things to do in Bronx
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the ornate and imaginative mausoleums and monuments of some of the country's most famous industrialists and politicians. Notable individuals include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and many more. Guide maps are available at both cemetery entrances.
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A park like setting”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

I have been to this cementary 3 times. It is so beautiful and full of history! It is kept clean and not scary at all. Almost like a museum. The masoleums are spectacular. Take a tour the staff and docents are excellent.

Visited September 2012
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Yonkers, New York
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368 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“It is everything you ever heard!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

My husband and I are both native Native New Yorkers and history buffs! Yet, we never took the time to visit this historic, park like cemetery in our own back yard...Yesterday we took a tour with the New york botonical Garden and even though the weather was damp and rainy we had a delightful time.....What made it so impressive was the fact that each mauseoleum was different....your mouth was literally agape at every turn.....We were allowed in to the one that was copied from a French church.....held only two people, and it was indeed cathederal like inside. the other element that made this all so special is that the enormously wealthy are buried here with pomp and circumstance as well as the average new yorker. We only spent about 1 and a half hours but the guide included so much....We will indeed return and urge anyone thinking about it to definitely make the trip.....

Visited October 2012
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Plano, Texas
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Historic, huge and impressive!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Beautiful grounds, many famous graves and a nice staff. Very large and to even partially see all the famous and unique graves in the cemetery will require about a day. Easy access to several main highways. Stop by the office for a map that includes the famous burials and see how may you can find (or actually read on the map)!!! Now a National Historic Landmark as it should be!

Visited August 2012
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Bronx, New York
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Park for the Dead”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Woodlawn Cemetery is one of two great cemeteries in New York City--the other is Greenwood in Brooklyn. It was built as a cemetery in the 1870s for all New Yorkers, rich and poor and of all religions, after there was no more space to bury people in Manhattan. Many famous people are buried here, including FW Woolworth, Herman Melville, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, as well as hundreds of wealthy New Yorkers, many of which have huge tombs. The experience is park like, with rolling hills, lots of trees and a lake with birds. The cemetery is easily accessible by car or the #4 subway--last stop, Woodlawn.

Visited May 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A unique study of history”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This cemetery has beautiful grounds. There are many familiar names on the monuments, especially from what was called the "Gilded Age" Some of the monuments are enormous and built, obviously, at great expense.They reflect the culture of the times, as do the newer "more compact" mauseoleums that are shared by many families. Try to visit some of the oldest sections. This is a good place for meandering. A map and guide is available at the gatehouse so you don't get lost.

Visited April 2012
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