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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 19 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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Seattle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We stopped overnight in Redding on a road trip and weren't expecting to do much there. Before we hit the road again we took our two kids, 3 & 9, to Turtle Bay. What an awesome place! Both indoor and outdoor science and wildlife exhibits in a very modern and inviting facility. There were things to catch the interest of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Fun place to visit. Great exhibits and shows. My 9 y/o son loved it along with his cousins ranging in age from 5 y/o to 15 y/o! Has lots of shady areas, which is much needed at times... they had lots of fun gift shop books and learning-type toys as well as just fun stuff - not too pricey and... More

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

good place to spend a couple hours but no more. plenty to see and do plus outdoor play so a good afternoon spent. another day we came back and walked the other side of sundial bridge but it would be too much in the same day

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Redding, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There are many activities for children to explore here. A few animals on display. The exploration center have exhibits that change on a fairly regular schedule.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The animal show made the whole visit worthwhile. The rest of it was ok, but the show was fantastic! My two year old didnt have any interest in the caged reptiles because they didn't do much, but he loved the other ones. If you are scared of birds at all, DON'T feed the parrots in the parrot cage area! They... More

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great place to learn about the sun dial bridge. This is a wonderful place for kids to be. Live show and live parrot feeding center with some yummy Italians icing on a hot day. Great place for kids of all ages. Need to check out while at the sundial bridge.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Liked the science part inside nice place to go when hot! Disliked how its called Turtle Bay and the turtle area is a joke! other animals are cool birds raccoon etc! There going to be building a hotel there and not happy about that, great for kids. They give AAA discounts... this is where the sundial bridge is also

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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

This museum is well done and laid out. We almost missed the best part which is to look past the front counter and you will see glass doors. Go out the doors and follow the wooden deck path to a great area for kids to explore, feed lorikeets, play with butterflies play with water, visit animals, slide on a huge... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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McKinleyville, California
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31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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