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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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Description: 300 Acres of Fun! A hands-on natural science museum, arboretum & botanical...
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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My husband and I don't have any kids but still found this place to be fun & entertaining. Great exhibits, cool animals, clean & not too crowded. Feeding the lorikeets was great! I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Loma Rica, California, United States
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Loma Rica, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I don't have any kids but still found this place to be fun & entertaining. Great exhibits, cool animals, clean & not too crowded. Feeding the lorikeets was great! I will definitely we taking my little nephews here in the future.

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Maine, Maine, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Loved the museum, the animals, and the bridge. It was too bad that a the place where they keep the lorikeets was closed to the public. Definitely want to go there again!

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Very nice grounds and visitor center. They have rotating exhibits, many are fascinating. They also have some native animals (that can't be let go in the wild) and provide educational programs about the wildlife.

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Monterey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great place, lots to do, see and learn. High prices keep most away and place seems vacant. Never see many people there. Not a destination, but ok if your in the area and can afford to take the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We passed through when some kind of civil war reenactment was going on. We didn't make it to the bird area before we ran out of time, but we still enjoyed the big, beautiful and artistic bridge, all the different plant and tree areas along the paths, and an interesting Asian landscape sculpture area I'm forgetting the name of. I'm... More 

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Much work has gone into making this a place for all ages. Note: if you are a resident with a library card, you can check out a free pass from the library to use for a week. How cool is that? Lots of information on the Shasta Dam. Toytopia exhibit has lots of retro toys, so even if you don't... More 

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Redding, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I live in the area and come to the Sun Dial Bridge quite often. I don't take time out to go to the museum, except for this one time. My Korean War Vet dad came to visit for Thanksgiving and we decided to take him to the Civil War display. Warning, do not allow only two hours to see all... More 

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Redding, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

went with friends for FREE luckily one day and walked around , we in our late 20's. nothing much exciting here. dont waste your money unless your taking kiddos

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Oakland, California
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29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Such a quality aquarium with outdoor water play areas and fantastic indoor aquariums. A delightful half day break from the car with kids. We stop here, take a walk over the bridge, spend a few hours at Turtle Bay, eat and then get back in the car on our way to Oregon. Fantastic! Don't miss it!

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Imperial, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

While three of or children were students at Shasta Bible College in Redding they introduced us to this magnificent attraction. (Two still live there.) It is built on the old quarry that was used in the construction of the Shasta Dam. There are still concrete structures that were the foundations of the conveyor system that carried the crushed aggregate (rock)... More 

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