Decatur Area Attractions
71 S. Country Club Rd.
Looking for a wild adventure? Visit Decatur’s AZA-accredited Scovill Zoo, featuring 400 animals spanning 6 continents, an Endangered Species Carousel, Z.O. & O. Express Train, community-built Project Playground, and more! Guests of all ages will enjoy the cheetahs, meerkats, zebras, and flamingos, as well as an exciting new Humboldt penguin exhibit! Educational summer camps, overnight adventures, “On Safari” parties, and volunteer opportunities offer exciting animal experiences for everyone. Please visit the zoo website for seasonal hours. A variety of tours and trips are available with information here.
Other features and activities at Scovill Zoo include:
Endangered Species Carousel
Take a spin on Scovill Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel! Specially designed for Scovill Zoo, the carousel is unique to Central Illinois. It features 30 hand-carved wooden animals, representing protected and endangered species from around the world. The ride is ADA accessible, with two chariots accommodating wheelchairs.
Z.O.& O. Express
Climb aboard! Scovill Zoo’s Z.O. & O. Express Train offers a 1-mile narrated tour, tracking through a tunnel and along Lake Decatur to give visitors a unique, behind-the-scenes view of the animals. Added in 1984, the train is a scaled replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington Steam Train. C.P. Huntington, a California merchant in the 1800s, built and operated the Central Pacific Railroad. The Z. O. & O. Express Train is ADA accessible. Passengers in wheelchairs can board the train via a ramp and safely ride in a special, secure wheelchair area.
No visit to Scovill Zoo could be complete without a stop at Project Playground, a community-built, ADA-accessible playground that features a rock wall, music station, and lots of slides!
The playground is free of charge and open year-round, weather permitting.
Children’s Museum of Illinois
55 S Country Club Road
Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages two to twelve, with exhibits and activities that complement and enhance children’s educational opportunities. The Museum is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo.
It is ranked as one of the top 25 children’s museums in the United States.
Closed all major holidays.
Mari-Mann Herb Farm
1405 Mari-Mann Lane
The Mari-Mann Herb Company originated as Mari-Mann Herbs in the kitchen of Mari Beth King in the 1970’s. From there it expanded to one of the largest herb gardens in the Midwest, a large retail gift shop, health food store, greenhouse, warehouse and gourmet kitchens where “herbalicious” high teas, brunches and luncheons are prepared by expert chefs.
You can book a tour of the gardens, make reservations for high tea, brunch and other individual or group excursions at Mari-Mann. Or, just show up and browse through the marvelous gardens, and explore the gift shop brimming with fragrant oils, herbal sauces and seasonings, decorative wreaths and the largest selection of homeopathic products and herbal supplements found anywhere.