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“A national treasure”

Mt. Auburn Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.
Watertown, Massachusetts
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274 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“A national treasure”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Between the incredible array of trees, the romantic pathways, and the incredible bird-watching opportunities, this is a no-miss opportunity. If you are interested in historical figures, there are also amazing historical grave sites throughout the cemetery.

Visited May 2014
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Newton, MA
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“Can't Decide if I Love it More in Fall or Spring”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

America's 1st garden cemetery.

I can't decide if I love it more in Spring when everything is in bloom or in fall, when the foliage is showing its colors. I think fall wins.

Many notable Boston and New England folks are buried here, from Barnabas Bates (father of cheap postage his not cheap monument reads) to Hugh Auchincloss (stepfather of Jacque Kennedy, who walked her down the aisle when she wed JFK). And even those with no claim to fame have fascinating and/or beautiful headstones and monuments.

You can take one of the many tours sponsored by the cemetery or just ramble randomly on your own (or pick up a map at the front gate or download a podcast from their website).

It's a favorite spot for birders, too.

Visited May 2014
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97 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Three of us spent a good two hours today wandering around here, trees in full bloom, just stunning! Saw many types of unique headstones over a wide range of time and materials. The trees were absolutely gorgeous and HUGE, made for a very informative and peaceful morning!

Visited May 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Cemetery has history, authenticity, celebrity, beauty, peace, space, thoughtfulness. Go for a drive or a walk. Once my family read Stoppard's Arcadia there. It was America's first "urban cemetery," part of a movement aimed at making death a more natural part of American life.

Visited June 2013
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Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“The Best Cemetery-Park in the East”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

This 19th century cemetery was the first of it's kind to incorporate a park-like setting with a cemetery. Brooklyn's Green Wood was patterned after Mt. Auburn. There is much to explore in these acres. The cemetery architecture is outstanding and beautiful. There is an abundance of birding activities in the Spring and Summer. The flowering trees are breathtaking.
This is a must-visit location if you're in the Cambridge section of the Boston area.

Visited April 2014
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