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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Great way to spend a few hours

Enjoyed the museum/exhibits, the cartoonist exhibit brought back lots of memories from childhood involving my favorite cartoons. The main thing lacking was the small number of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Palmdale, California
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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
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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
Palmdale, California
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Enjoyed the museum/exhibits, the cartoonist exhibit brought back lots of memories from childhood involving my favorite cartoons. The main thing lacking was the small number of animals in their zoo section but I would go again. Be prepared to walk a lot! Parking free

Thank TanyaRussell_13
Redding, California
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The beauty of the river and the sundial bridge are enough to bring you to the area, but Turtle Bay makes it worth staying. The museum has excellent exhibits and the outdoor playspace is phenomenal. If you here in the summer, make sure to take in an animal show.

Thank Erin F
Vancouver, Washington
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132 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I really enjoy the walk around and finding all the cool little things in this park. The plaques to read are very interesting and there is not a boring moment at all.

Thank GizmoPup
Redding, CA
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great fun and learning experience! Lots of hands on activities. Great animal exhibits and shows. Staff is friendly and eager to share with visitors. Buy a season pass to enjoy great savings.

Thank Papa47
Redding, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a great place to take a evening stroll or bike ride after the days heat lessens. The geese and ducks are flying in for the evening, breaking their tight formations to land on the dark waters of the river. The fly fishermen are gracefully casting for the plentiful trout in the rapids.

Thank coolredding
Los Gatos, California
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98 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Having spent the night in Redding while on my way south to San Jose, I heard about Turtle Bay Park. Since it was close to my motel I decided to drive there that morning and have a look. I should have figured on a day at the park, so sadly, I didn't get to do more than a cursory visit.... More 

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Redding, California
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Fun for kids but need more interesting and fun stuff. The animal show is really exciting and well done and appreciate the shade structures and misters as it's so hot in summer.

Thank Springinred

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