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Turtle Bay Exploration Park

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Address: 844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA 96099-2360
Phone Number: +1 800-887-8532
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Good for families with kids of all ages

There is a lot to see and do at this park. It will for sure entertain kids of most ages, and is educational too. There is a nice coffee shop and souvenir shop attached for those... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Castlegar, Canada
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This mid sized city park is well worth a visit. The gardens are varied and have excellent signage. I particularly liked the mosaic fountain and also the water sounds garden. The Center piece of the park features the outstanding architecture of the sun dial bridge. The museum/aquarium is small although there are a couple of wildlife exhibits. Parking is free... More 

Thank DwightandJenn
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot to see and do at this park. It will for sure entertain kids of most ages, and is educational too. There is a nice coffee shop and souvenir shop attached for those who just want to sit and relax.

Thank BradnOC
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the entire area. We had not heard about it so did not know what to expect. We saw a turtle, the path ways are sealed and in good condition, could use a wheel chair easily. information posts in strategic locations were helpful. Well presented and clean. A little cooler in winter but beautiful. I imagine autumn would be... More 

Thank Blackdavel
Belton, Texas
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113 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot of advertising for this attraction which turns out to be a small coffee/gift shop and movie theater about conservation. They ask for an admission of $20.00 to see a film.... They are most likely trying to pay for cost overruns similar to the Sundial Bridge......

Thank Straightenup
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's always fun teaching the children the ways of mother nature. Turtle Bay museum is always fun to go to and visit with the kids. Fun and interesting facts about nature in the Northwest environment.

Thank Dallas S
Torrance, California
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

After your walk out on to the bridge, here you will experience the bio-geographic history of the river and the life it supports.

Thank Kevin T
South Lake Tahoe
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

I came to visit Redding for my Anniversary, and since there were very positive reviews about the exploratorium I decided to go check it, as there really isn't a lot to do at Reddings. But when we got to the exploratorium it was ALL demolish, nothing was there, just the sign that said Emploratorium and a demolishion with construction trucks.... More 

Thank martika789
Turtle B, Public Relations Manager at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, responded to this review

I'm so sorry the signs weren't clear! Our Museum and Exploration Park entrance is next to the Sundial Bridge, at the Sacramento River. What you saw was the beginning stages of construction for our upcoming hotel. The Park is here, just not visible from the freeway offramp. If you make a trip back up here, we would love to comp... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

My mom and I visited earlier this year and had a really good time. The weather was great and it was wonderful to be out of doors!

Thank 30_30Ruth
Corning, California
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

This place is great! Very interesting and neat things to look at and learn about for the whole family. Always enjoy getting to visit turtle bay in Redding!

Thank echo5051
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Kids get bored when they have to sit still an a car. Turtle bay is a good place to meet all kind of animals, not only turtles, but also fish, lorikeets and butterflies. The sundial bridge is a beautiful piece of engineering. People were friendly and you can enjoy a snack in the cafeteria. The children can play indoors on... More 

Thank Diane D

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