Secret Doors

Hidden throughout Decatur are miniature secret doors, each hand-crafted by local artists. Inspired by “fairy doors” that first appeared around the world more than 100 years ago, this public art installation currently includes 30 delightful doors hidden around our community. Each door comes with a riddle to help you find it (or you can use the map below to find them all). You can also download a printable list of all the riddles for current doors.


Organized by Decatur artist, Larry Holland of FishBone Art, the project is funded by the Decatur Arts Alliance and supported by the Decatur Tourism Bureau.

Current Riddles

Ready to put your local Decatur knowledge to the test? Solve these riddles to locate the newest 13 installations of the Secret Doors Decatur program.

With over 7 acres of woods to explore, There’s plenty of space for this secret door. Take a seat when you’re ready to rest. This door makes its home near a big bird nest!
With the luck of a clover, you’ll find this wee door, tucked where there’s burgers and music galore. From the top o’ the mornin’ to late at night, look for a spot with flags in sight!
Zach Consorti
The Doors of Stone Henge
Search for the path with a bull made of brick; looking for flowers won’t do the trick. This garden smells of french fries – not honey! Peek around edges; you’ll be right on the money.
Carol Harvey
The Faeries’ Pub

Just steps away from the passing trains’ rumble, you’ll find this door – but be careful; don’t stumble! Tucked where there’s often city events, a stellar mural will give you a hint.

Julie Koon
Sunshine Days Ahead

You don’t need a ruler to find this location where there’s unique, funny gifts for all celebrations. The store’s recent rebrand’s neither strange nor flighty, as near this door, sales are mighty!

Nate Nardi
Find this door where city decisions are made. Four very tall columns cast plenty of shade. Not hidden from view, but you’ll need to explore, check all ways to enter to find this door.
Carol Harvey
Poncey & Leon on Patrol

There are so many classes and activities here! This door’s not at the entrance, but it is very near. With lots of bushes and places to look, you’ve gone too far if you can check out a book.

Decatur’s new spot for spirits and art, there’s a door that’s designed for children-at-heart.  Rum -don’t walk- to reveal what’s in store, and whiskey who’s first to find this door.

Fishbone Art

A big purple dancer will show the way to this store where imagination is always at play. Tales of compassion and bravery, too, remind young heroes of the good they can do.

Muse Sawyer

A site for honoring our challenging history, for progress (and play), this place can claim victory. Look for the garden down the stairs. Sonia says, “The door is right there!”

Fishbone Art
Do you hear splashing and dogs barking loudly? The city just welcomed this new center proudly! This door’s tucked away when there’s thunder and lightning, but even in darkness, it still shines brightly!
Brea Te’Ann
Luna’s Rays

This neighborhood spot’s got an updated name, but your favorite coffee order can still be the same. Keep searching along until the bricks turn to gray. You’ll have to look carefully; this door’s tucked away.

Rose Zeimer
New Day
In every season, there’s so much to see! An Ox house, vegetables, chickens, and bees. The woods may be wild, but there’s nothing to fear. This door’s got flowers and butterflies near.
Carol Harvey
Galadriel’s Hide-Away

Past Doors

Beaded Paisley
East Court Square
Dena Burnett
Winnona Park School
Color Wheel Studio
Kate Crosby
Twain's Billiards and Tap
The Corner Pub
Rock Heindel
MoJo Pizza
Larry Holland
Community Bandstand on the Square
Taiyo Ramen
Erica Li
The Solarium
Doc Mindbender
Sugar Creek Garden
Adam Sellers
Wylde Center
Leon's Full Service
Jim Wakeman
Decatur CD
Gerry Madness
Marlay House Irish Pub
Elly Font
McKoy Pool
Univeral Joint Decatur
Muse Sawyer
Brickstore Pub
Julie Fordham
Decatur High School
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