The Turtle Bay Exploration Park is one of the best places for the family to spend a day full of play, excitement and learning. Its 300-acre campus was designed with sustainability in mind and highlights the unique relationship between people and nature. The museum building resembles a tree, with branches reaching upward, blending into the forest landscape surrounding it. Inside is a mix of science and natural history exhibits, hands-on learning experiences, brainteasers and puzzles, and an underwater fish-viewing tank.
But at Turtle Bay, the emphasis is on nature, so much of the learning goes on outside: see animals in their native habitats; learn about the region’s Native Americans, the Wintu, and walk through a replica of their bark houses; at Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp, get an idea of what it was like to live at a timber site 100 years ago while also learning about ecology and Northern California forests.
In the year-round aviary, $1 will get you a nectar feeding cup at the Parrot Playhouse, enticing colorful lories and lorikeets to perch and swarm about your head.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is one of Redding’s highlights—don’t pass it up!