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Turtle Bay Exploration Park

844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA 96099-2360
+1 800-887-8532
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Redding
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Science Museums
Owner description: 300 Acres of Fun! A hands-on natural science museum, arboretum & botanical gardens, live animals, summer wildlife show, year-round Parrot Playhouse... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped here with a 3 year old on our way from central CA to Oregon. It didn't quite live up to the reviews--place is hot & dusty. Not really wonderful shade to view the show. The upside was there weren't many people. The downside was there wasn't much to do & see. Many animals had "time off" & weren't... More

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Redding, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A pleasant way to learn about the Redding area and what made it what it is. A bonus is that after touring the exhibits right outside the door is a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.

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Whittier, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

In Redding for a couple of days, and stopped by with my family to check this out. What a great time. and you don't even have to go in turtle bay itself to enjoy yourself. The bridge is beautiful and the different hikes available to you as you wonder the grounds were lovely.

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Sioux City, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

we had a wonderful time very nice staff and clean was very interesting oved the animal show the staff so friendly

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Roseburg, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wonderful for the kids. Random animals in the zoo area and tiny cages were a bit depressing but the inside area was fabulous

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We decided to stop here on our way through Redding as a break, since we had a reciprocal membership at another museum. The kids had fun on our break, they are young (6,5,4,2) so they had a few things to do. They liked the dishes and the walk out to the parakeets was a favorite of my 4 year old.... More

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Mosier, Oregon, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

great place to take a break from the freeway. Strolling galore, be sure to at least walk across the Sundial Bridge. The gardens are great, plan to stay awhile. Worth the admission if you focus on what you are seeing. In summer the bridge glass can get hot. No signs indicate you can't pack in food.

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Sacramento
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Interpretive displays share the local and natural history of Native Americans, life on the Sacramento River and throughout the region. Great hands-on activities for kids. Rotating displays and art. Spend the day. Enjoy the Sundial Bridge, Sacramento River Trail, Arboretum, animal shows, and plant nursery.

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Sacramento, Ca
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My son is in the NAVY, he brought his family for a visit. we took the family to TURTLE BAY for a day of fun. They gave us FREE ADMISSION for the entire group of us (8) as their way of Thanking my son for his Service. The kids had a great time and since we got in free, we... More

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Redding, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place is not worth the money to get in Never updates Poor exhibits Just ok for kids if you get a discount, but adults will find it boring Save your money

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Turtle B, Public Relations Manager at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, responded to this review

Hi Steve, We're sorry to hear you didn't find your time at Turtle Bay worthwhile. We opened a new exhibit--Identity--in May and, with our summer hours, we now present the Butterfly House, as well as Walk on the Wild Side Animal Show. Additionally, we just moved five animals into brand new exhibits in Wildlife Woods. We are taking your comments... More

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