Turtle Bay Exploration Park & Museum

Redding, CA

Where are we going?

Turtle Bay Exploration Park & Museum
844 Sundial Bridge Drive


What is there to do?

Animals, nature, gardens, a museum, a forestry, all this and more at the stunning Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Set across 300 acres, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California, offering a vibrant gathering place where the community is strengthened through education, cultural engagement and economic growth.

Are you excited to explore? 

Let's start with the museum! Turtle Bay Museum is the hub of the Exploration Park experience, and will be the first stop on your day of adventure.  

The museum features permanent exhibits about the region, as well as changing exhibits telling stories from all around the world. Here, the worlds of art, science, forestry, history and horticulture meet. 

The Visible River Aquarium is where kids can see animals you might just find in the Sacramento River, which is an important part of the local ecosystem!

You can venture into a cave and see bats, spiders, and other species that have adapted to cave life, or you can explore the history gallery and see what life was like for early settlers. Discover why people moved to the region, and see for yourself if you have what it takes to be a settler too!

Then you have the animal programs at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. There are over 64 different species of animals who live in the park, with most being rescued and all non-releasable, but native to North America.  Kids can learn about animals at the Survival Indoor Animal Show, or the Aquatic Adventures!

Kids can see a whole range of animals, from the grey fox, to the North American beaver, birds of prey, and even the bobcat. 

We haven't even begun to tell you about the gardens yet!

There is SO much to see and do at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, you just need to experience it for yourselves to really appreciate everything that is on offer!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $16

Children: $12 (Ages 4 to 15)

Discount: Seniors $12, and free for Turtle Bay Members

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to ask about accessibility, they will be happy to help


When can we go?

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

Closed Monday & Tuesday in winter, closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Years Day


Any top tips?

Check the times of the animal shows and programs, so you can plan your day around them!

I’m Hungry!

The Coffee Bar specializes in grab and go faire: including sandwiches, salads, croissants, scuffins, Off the Farm Bars assorted ice cream and desserts, smoothies and blended coffees, water, soda, juice, Naked Juices, and last but not least, rich and delicious Peet's coffee!

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