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Scovill Zoo

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Address: 71 S Country Club Rd, Decatur, IL 62521-4470
Phone Number: 217.421.7435
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Small Zoo - Kids really Liked it!

First, for the person's review below this who thought the penguins were suffering and should be relocated to a cold temperature - I hope you read this and feel better -> this zoo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mindy M
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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, for the person's review below this who thought the penguins were suffering and should be relocated to a cold temperature - I hope you read this and feel better -> this zoo has Humbolt Penguins, which are warm weather birds, they live on the South American Coast, next to one of the driest deserts in the world. So, they... More 

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Thank Mindy M
Decatur, Illinois
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a bad experience visiting the Scovill Zoo in Decatur: a saw a group of around 8 penguins suffering. They were suffering from an extremely high temperature. This zoo does not provide for an appropriate atmosphere. They should be released in a place with cold temperature, or at least transfer to a better zoo with adequate conditions (like the... More 

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1 Thank visitante252016
Decatur, Illinois
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62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We have yearly passes and thoroughly enjoy the animals and the activities. Scovill Zoo is clean and the animals look healthy. There is a great gift shop, cute train, snack shop and even penguins.

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Thank janrteach20
Champaign, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Great zoo for kids. My daughters loved the petting zoo and the peacock. They also gave out gifts bag on the way out.

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Thank FromChambana
Delton, Michigan
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

I've been to this zoo twice since my family & I moved here, and both times I had a really good time! I love how prices aren't that high for a zoo. The train, carousel, and play ground are all awesome! The petting zoo & herb aquarium/reptile area are my children's favorites. Also snow cones seem to be a must... More 

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1 Thank bre1227
Oglesby IL
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Took our three year old grandson here in the fall. Decorated beautifully, helpful staff, very clean. He liked the scarecrows along the path as much as the animals! It was the perfect size and there were places to interact with some of the animals. There was also an awesome playground right outside the gates. Will definitely return!

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1 Thank Denise T
Elizabethtown, Indiana
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67 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

This was part of our trip home from Springfield. We went on Mothers Day so wife got in free. For me and kids 4,7,14 it cost $44 and package included tickets for 3 sno cones, 8 train ride tix, and 4 carousel ride tix. Parking is free. Pony rides $4. Small zoo but not crowded and unlike some bigger zoos...... More 

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1 Thank Etonian30
Decatur, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

My children and grandchildren are grown. We have over the years seen Scovill Zoo grow into a wonderful delight for children of all ages. Before you even enter the zoo, there is a wonderful garden, gazebo that there is a lot of weddings performed there, and also a wonderful play ground area for kids to play on. Inside the zoo,... More 

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2 Thank mawspt1
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Schovill Zoo is so much fun. Just the right size for kids, can see the whole zoo before the kids are worn out. The zoo keepers are very friendly and helpful to answer questions on the animals. The price of a family membership is a bargain with many benefits. You don't have to have kids to go, I see many... More 

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2 Thank Marilyn K
Illiopolis, Illinois
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

A small but very clean and well kept zoo. For such a small zoo, it offers a wide variety of animals. The train is handicap friendly and the little ones enjoy it

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