Local Spotlight: Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail

Decatur Downtown's Turtle Trail

No, they haven’t escaped from the zoo—the critters on Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail are actually just really cool sculptures. They’ll lead you to local sites, where you can learn more about our city’s fascinating history. Are you up for finding them on a thrilling scavenger hunt?

What is Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail?

Downtown Decatur is home to some tiny little turtles! They want to teach us all more about our community’s history. With creations envisioned and sculpted by Lucy Orr and Everett Cox, Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail has established a scavenger hunt across a swath of our city. As you search for the turtles, which feature adorable accessories like hats and saxophones, you can also read up on past events.

Oh, and did we mention that you can get a prize at the end? There are 10 turtles in all! Find each one of them—and post the pics on social media—and you’ve earned yourself a surprise! You can use the hashtags “#TurtleTrail” and “#DowntownDecatur” to spread the love online.

Visiting Details

Whether you want to find the spots along Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail or you want to redeem a prize, we have the info you need! Click here to find a printable map. You can also click here to find an interactive map. Make sure to filter it, so that it only displays turtle locations.

You’ve found all the turtles and recorded your proof. What next? Answer: you can redeem your prize at two places. The first is the Decatur Morgan County Tourism office, which is located at 719 Sixth Ave. SE. Its hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The second is the Museum Store in the Cook Museum, which you can visit at 133 Fourth Ave. NE. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A Quick Safety Reminder

These turtle sculptures know a bit about social distancing! Follow their example by staying six feet or further from those not in your household. You should also wear a mask and follow all state regulations. To make your scavenger hunt even better, you can also bring hand sanitizer, some water, your phone, and a printed map. Thank you for taking such good care of Decatur! We hope you have fun on your exploration!

Summary

Turtles aren’t known for their speed—but they can still help you quickly amp up the excitement on any given day! All you need to do is go on Decatur’s Downtown Turtle Trail, which is free and open to the public. So, go ahead and get hunting! There is a prize to be won, after all!

Giving our residents a wonderful place to live is the only prize we need. Learn more about Summer Courtyard’s affordable apartments here. You can even apply online! Finally, to find out about local events, spotlights, and news, check out our blog.

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