Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Redding, CA

Where are we going?

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Drive Redding


What is there to do?

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is 300 acres of educational, natural and WILD fun for the family, with a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum AND botanical gardens!

In fact, Turtle Bay Exploration Park celebrates far Northern California and what it means to the world!

Let's start with Turtle Bay Museum! This museum is the hub of the Exploration park, and is the first stop on your adventure. Here you can explore permanent exhibits about the region, as well as changing exhibitions that tell the stories from all over the planet.

You can see a fascinating art collection, as well as uncover what lives beneath the waters in the River Aquarium! Home to more than just fish, there is 22,000 gallons of aquatic life, along with birds and mammals (beavers!) who thrive in the water systems.

Who said discovery needs to be ABOVE ground? The Turtle Bay Museum also features a cave, with a boardwalk taking you past bats and spiders who have adapted to underground life

What was life for early settlers in the region? Find out how and why people moved and discover life as a pioneer in another exhibit!

Then you have the Turtle Bay Wildlife! There are over 64 different species in the park, with many native to North America, with a year-round aviary, plus grey fox, bobcats, eagles, owls, skunks and SO much more!

Let's not forget about the beautiful gardens! Across the Sundial Bridge you'll find the arboretum and botanical gardens, great for enjoying the sun!

A beautiful nature filled, historic adventure and wildlife filled day out at Turtle Bay Exploration Park - so let the adventures begin!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $16

Children: $12 (Ages 4 to 15)

Discount: Seniors $12 ($6 on Wednesdays) / Afternoon Special: 2:30pm - 4pm $5 off all admission


Need a little extra help?

Complimentary wheelchair and stroller rental available during park hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus accessible restrooms, and certified service dogs welcome


When can we go?

Winter Hours: 9am - 4pm Wednesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm weekends. Check online for extended summer hours

Open year round, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Years Day


Any top tips?

Check out the fun family Saturday programs! From sustainability, to bugs, to wildlife themes, kids can get stuck in and enjoy a hands-on learning experience!

I’m Hungry!

The Museum Store & Coffee Bar, located at the Park entrance and Sundial Bridge, provides a selection of beverages, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, pastries, and snacks for your convenience.

Healthy Eating

Hard and soft coolers and picnic lunches are allowed and may be taken into the Park to enjoy outdoors, so why not pack a healthy lunch and enjoy it out under the sun!

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