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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 #5 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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Oakland, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Turtles are not the only animals at turtle bay. Every thing from beavers to butterflys and excellent museum displays. A great place to spend an afternoon with your kids. You can walk the river trail and explore the other attractions on the same property.

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Fremont, California
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1,533 reviews 1,533 reviews
975 attraction reviews
922 helpful votes 922 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

There is a lot to see at Turtle Bay Exploration Bay - and that includes turtles. First, there is the stunning Sundial Bridge that crosses over the Sacramento River Then there is the wonderful botanical garden with its unique plants. Both of these attractions are free for use; parking is free also. If one wants to go to the museum... More

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Gladstone, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Again another free thing to do, bring your camera it's Kodak moment waiting to happen. It is a garden walk so it will change with the seasons, so that could be interesting for a second trip there.

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Seattle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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