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Lake Lawn Metairie, New Orleans

#10 of 48 in Historic Sites in New Orleans
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
One of the largest and most historically significant graveyards in the city, Lake Lawn Metairie is the final resting place for more than 9,000 people, including Louisiana governors and notable Civil War leaders. Originally a race track, the site was turned into a cemetery in 1872, but the oval layout remains. The cemetery is known for its impressive collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary, including works from renowned sculptors, such as Albert Weiblen and Alexander Doyle. The cemetery offers little shade, so make sure you have sun protection if you visit during the warmer months. Arrange your visit to Lake Lawn Metairie and discover more family-friendly attractions in New Orleans using our New Orleans sightseeing planner.
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  • You’re able to drive inside and then around this cemetery. We eventually parked and explored on foot. Plenty of impressive mausoleums in various stages of crumble. Be sure to peek inside and find the....  more »
  • Absolutely loved visiting these beautiful cemetery grounds. The place is huge and magnificent with tons to look at and walk through. We spent a few hours just walking through perusing and paying...  more »
  • Words will never capture the level of gratitude I have for Guy Poche (the Director responsible for facilitating the burial of my son). As with the loss of any loved one, we face difficult decisions, however when that loved one is your 19 year old son, the level of sadness is unimaginable. Guy was a phenomenal guide through these difficult decisions. He lined his guidance with open arms and a cherished compassion, always knowing exactly what to say and when to say it. My son’s services were beautiful only because there was a constant eye on perfection and making this the most heartfelt celebration of his beautiful life anyone could have wished for. Lake Lawn’s staff was amazing too. My love, my respect and gratitude are with all of you. Angela Boyer.
  • Our experience at Lake Lawn was absolutely perfect. They are a first-class operation from the top to bottom. Both Jamie Ballinger and David Montana were outstanding and the whole support staff really outdid themselves during this very difficult process. I only wish I could give more than five stars. Thank you for everything - The Lambert Family

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