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Turtle Bay Exploration Park

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Address: 844 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001-0978
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+1 800-887-8532
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

300 Acres of Fun! A hands-on natural science museum, arboretum &...

300 Acres of Fun! A hands-on natural science museum, arboretum & botanical gardens, live animals, summer wildlife show, year-round Parrot Playhouse (lorikeet aviary), walking trails, forestry center and ecology exhibits are all part of our expansive environmental and cultural museum complex.

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Turtle Bay

Great place to take the family. Ongoing events inside. We went when it was a music activity and the kids and adults loved it! Had a blast!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Redding, California
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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to take the family. Ongoing events inside. We went when it was a music activity and the kids and adults loved it! Had a blast!

Thank jbliss2271
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even on a late afternoon in January the park was full of visitors, walking, jogging, sight seeing. Museum, gift shop, gardens, all surrounding the beautiful Sacramento River. Fun for young and old alike.

Thank Andrew W
eureka, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped by looking for something to do, place is amazing. Fun for all ages. Wonderful attractions and a great place to have lunch.

Thank Keith W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I only explored this place one time. My first impression: excellent for families with young kids. Good job Redding!!!! My drawback, the homeless/transients you meet on the walking trails. For the most part, it's a clean public place, I would only go during sun light hours.

Thank Ana C
San Dimas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A visit to this park is always a good activity for a walk when in Redding, whether it is alone or with family. I would recommend it for taking your kids. We did this as a family activity on a cloudy afternoon. The area is comprised of the Turtle Bay Museum, the Sundial Bridge for pedestrians, and the McConnell Arboretum... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful trails and gardens. Great place to explore plant life. The walk also takes you past an enclosure that has many deer.

Thank dsouzabasil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy going to Turtle Bay when the butterflies are there, or when they are feeding the fish. Some of the temporary exhibits have been wonderful. We enjoy having the ability to use our membership, when traveling to other cities, at various science museums associated with Turtle Bay. It's like you get 100 discovery parks in one little card.... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I was really surprised to find such a great outdoor recreation area in Redding. This is a far cry from the sleepy little town I remember when I lived in the area 40+ years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place is amazing. There are so many things to see and do. Hands on things for kids to experiment with. You will need plenty of time to experience everything. We went when it was raining, so we weren't able to see what is outside. We enjoyed going with our grandson.

Thank Denise H
Red Bluff, California, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The turtle bay exploration, is built for all ages. But the kids are really taught something there. I am a grandma, and a big kid at heart and I love that place. So much to do and so much to see. One time I saw art work where the medium were lego's. It was fantastic!!! It fun for everyone.

Thank Rebecca H

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