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Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232 USA

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Spring Grove is the third-largest cemetery in the country, and it's also an arboretum and a National Historic Landmark, so if the thought of spending an afternoon wandering around a graveyard gives you the spooks, rest assured that it's much more than it may appear. Walking paths make getting lost among the ornate and often unique gravemarkers a peaceful experience, and you might even spot the final resting places of famous Civil War generals, baseball players, and politicians.

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“Serenity, beauty, history, & heritage”

Serenity, beauty, history, heritage ― just a few of the reasons why hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far enter through the gates of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum and Oak Hill Cemetery each year, and why so many return again and again. Spring Grove was chartered in 1845, and is one of the largest nonprofit cemeteries in the United States, and the most beautiful according to thousands of visitors who come to visit every year. There are 733 acres of which approximately 450 acres are developed. One of the things that Spring Grove is famous for is its lawn plan. The lawn plan was started by Strauch and considered unconventional at the time. Later, the lawn plan was accepted as a model for many other cemeteries. Strauch believed in developing the landscape to harmonize with nature. He re-routed roads to follow the natural shapes of Spring Grove's hills and valleys. He built lakes, islands, footbridges, protected woodland areas, and brought hundreds of trees and plants from other parts of the world. He asked lot owners to remove the fences and hedgerows they had built around grave sites. Spring Grove has been called by experts the major example of the American rural cemetery.

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  • 29 Reviews
  • 44 Helpful
July 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

People get weirded out when they hear locals visit the cemetery just to hang out. Try to think of this as a really really large park that just happens to have dead people in the ground. I participated in a 5k here about a month ago and was so distracted by how beautiful the landscaping and architecture is.

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Natalie Akers

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  • 130 Helpful
January 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

If you're looking for a walk (or hike) around Cincinnati, take the time to check out this place. Unbelievable stone memorials and mausoleums. Truly like a sculpture park. Go there for the craftsmanship or for reflection or just...go there, seriously!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2014

It was so beautiful! And the security folks were very helpful. We enjoyed the Civil War area, the beautiful trees, especially the Cyprus!

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Anna Hider

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May 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

It might sound morbid, but just walking around here is fascinating...there's way more to see than just tombstones!

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April 28, 2022
Rated 5.0

Wow! This place is like an outdoor art museum, just beautiful! We were a little apprehensive visiting a cemetery on our road trip but this is a must see.

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Lesli Peterson

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March 16, 2022
Rated 5.0

This famously large cemetery is a National Historic Landmark and a flat out beautiful place. With more than 700 peaceful, tranquil acres, this arboretum is a perfect way to spend a day in nature without traveling far from the city itself.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Cincinnati.

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  • 2 Helpful
May 21, 2020
Rated 5.0

One of the best places in the city to walk, wander, and contemplate your own mortality. I go here weekly. The historic grandness of it all makes me feel connected to generations past. This place is the site of many a family photo shoot. Don’t miss the “haunted house” mausoleum (staff will know where to point you). Update as of 5/30/20: Due to COVID-19, it’s currently only open to the public on Sundays. Hours are also reduced. Check their website.

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George Murray

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  • 87 Helpful
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great place to ride your bike but no dogs allowed. Lots of interesting grave sites, architecture and scenery. You can get lost here, it's big.

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Abe Lincoln

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January 18, 2015
Rated 5.0

It's beautiful and so full of history! A lovely place to take a walk. The office even has maps that are very helpful!

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Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
45232 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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