Things to Do: Walk the Turtle Trail in Downtown Decatur

walk the Turtle Trail in downtown Decatur

Now that school is out for the summer, you need fun things to do to keep your kids entertained. Luckily, you can walk the Turtle Trail in downtown Decatur for a day of interactive fun, fresh air and exercise.

About the Downtown Turtle Trail

Don’t just walk the Turtle Trail in downtown Decatur. Take the challenge and win a special prize! Did we mention you will also learn more about historic downtown along the way? You will!

The challenge, or scavenger hunt, involves finding 10 hidden turtles up and down Second Avenue. Each turtle is unique, tells a story and even has a name. Location clues are given on the website and can also be found on the downloaded map.

More about the scavenger hunt

Participants can use the clues to find the turtles, like Mikey, for example. This turtle’s clue points you in the direction of the historic Princess Theatre, which was originally a livery stable in 1887. In 1919, it was converted into a silent film and vaudeville playhouse. Today, the historic site is a performing arts center.

Next, once the turtle has been spotted, simply snap a photo. Post photos of all 10 turtles on your preferred social media platform. Use the hashtags #TurtleTrail and #DecaturDowntown.

Then, make your way to one of two places. Visit either the Museum Store in the Cook Museum on Holly Street or head to Sixth Avenue and the Decatur Morgan County Tourism office to show your posted turtle pictures and claim your prize.


As you walk the Turtle Trail in downtown Decatur, you will make your way up and down Second Avenue. You will cross Grant Street, Johnston Street, Moulton Street and more.


Did you know the state of Alabama has more freshwater turtle species than any other state? It’s true! We’re home to 31 species of freshwater turtles. In fact, many can be seen sunning along the banks of the Tennessee River in Decatur. Keep reading our blogs for more local knowledge, including more fun things to do in the River City!