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Scovill Children’s Zoo

71 South Country Club Road , Decatur, Illinois 62521 | 217-421-7435
6 Reviews
Type: Animals
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: Aug-Oct: M-F: 10am-4pm, Sa-Su: 10am- 6:30pm

Nestled along the shores of Lake Decatur, Scovill Zoo is home to more than 500 animals spanning six continents. Visitors can see South African Cheetahs, an Australian Wallaby, or Golden Lion Tamarins from Brazil. An exciting zebra habitat, featuring beautiful zebras Kizuri and Chad, was added in the summer of 2007.  
The zoo’s history dates back forty years to the late 1960's. The Kiwanis Club donated $14,000 for the construction of an animal farm, and in 1967, Scovill Farm opened to the public, complete with pigs, ducks, chickens, goats and other farm animals. The total cost of the project—$56,000, a small sum by today’s standards.  
Today, the zoo is home to hundreds of animals with cheetahs, camels, zebras, wolves, monkeys and more! Visitors also enjoy our unique attractions, the Z.O. & O. Express and Endangered Species Carousel, a beautiful work of art, specially designed for Scovill Zoo.

Be sure to leave extra time for our unique attractions, the Z.O.&O. Express and the Endangered Species Carousel.  Cost to ride the train is $1.75 for visitors aged 2 - 12; $2.25 for those 13 - 64, and $1.75 for seniors 65+. Carousel rides are $1.50 per rider (Adults standing next to a child ride free).


6 Reviews for Scovill Children’s Zoo

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emmy1981
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January 10 2011
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"Nice Zoo but maybe not worth 45 minute drive"

It is overall a very nice zoo. I like the fact they have a train ride but we made the mistake of sitting right under the speaker and it was very LOUD. I thought the train ride was a bit overpriced. I liked the food stand selection. I also liked the playground area; very nice. The landscaping of the zoo was beautiful.

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twin36a
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January 10 2011
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"in a nice quiet place"

They have great activites for all ages. They even have a petting zoo. Go in the summer when the train is running. They have great food at a reasonable price. Sometimes they borrow animals from other zoo's. So call and ask them when they are doing that or going o have face painting or extra activites

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January 10 2011
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"Scovill Zoo & Park in Decatur"

Scovill is a zoo that has a large, newer park outside of it and a train and merry go round inside. The zoo has camels, wolves, cheetahs, zebras, a reptile house, many birds and a petting zoo area. There is also a snack bar. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy lunch at the park or grab a meal in the snackbar. Beware that the gift shop is where you enter and where the restrooms are so the kids are always tempted! There are stoller rentals available. There is a free day during the summer so check their website. Beware that free days are more crowded but tolerable.

December 23 2010
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"Great for Decatur, IL"

For a middle-sized city, this is a great zoo.  With so few things to do in the town, this is a wonderful option.  It's not a big-time zoo, but you could enjoy 3-4 hours of your day with even the smallest children.  The price is affordable, and it accepts memberships from other zoos (so it could be free if you have another zoo membership).

There's a small train (additional, low cost) that takes you around parts of the zoo.

Animals include: petting zoo animals, peacocks, monkeys, cheetahs, emus, crocodiles, turtles, snakes, large, white tail deer, prairie dogs, and several others.

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December 23 2010
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"Fantastic zoo for a small town"

This is a wonderful zoo in a great location overlooking Lake Decatur.  It's also next door to the Children's Discovery Museum.  It has a fantastic, new playground (outside the admission area)  and a wonderfully restored carosel.  We especially love the herpatarium (reptiles & amphbians) for up-close views of great wildlife.  The children's farm is really nice with goats, llamas, and chickens.  You can usually view some freshly-hatched chicks.  We really love the flamingos, wolves, and meercats.  The food is good and inexpensive also.  Don't forget to ride the train!

December 23 2010
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"Small But Quite Nice"

This local zoo is small but quite nice. A real effort has been made to integrate indigenous plant life into the animal exhibit areas, and multicolored flower beds brighten the well-tended grounds. The collection of about 500 animals includes kangaroos, a capybara, emus, Chilean flamingos, toco toucans, Amazon parrots, ring-tailed lemurs, a ring-tailed coati, bobcats, and a whole “town” of prairie dogs. A petting zoo contains goats, donkeys, piglets, a calf, ducklings, and chicks. For an extra $1.50 for adults or $1 for kids or seniors, you can ride a little train that’s a one-quarter scale replica of an 1863 C. P. Huntington steam engine. The train even has a wheelchair lift.

 
 

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