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Redding, looking for family activities?

New to Redding?  Looking for some things to do?  Here are some suggestions for you and your family.


Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a combination of educational and entertaining activities and experiences for Adults and kids of all ages.  The park interprets the relationship between humans and nature. The Park has a museum that includes an underground aquarium, exhibits, interactive experiments, and rotating art exhibits; wildlife exhibits; Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp; California’s largest North American butterfly house (seasonal), and an amphitheater.  There is also a garden located across from the Sacramento River.  The gardens feature 20 acres of Mediterranean climate display gardens. There is a children’s garden, a medicinal garden, and two beautiful and unique water features. Turtle Bay Park also houses a Cafe to enjoy a snack and refreshments on any afternoon.  The Cafe has captivating views of the Sacramento River as well as the world-famous Sundial Bridge.  Which is also another spot to visit. The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River.   The bridge links Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the gardens and also serves as a downtown entrance for Redding’s extensive Sacramento River Trail system.

The Sacramento River National Recreation Trail   The trail is open year-round rain or shine to hikers, joggers, bicyclists and horseback riders. There are many trail access points throughout Redding.  One trail runs 9-miles long from Shasta Dam all the way to the Sacramento River Trail and Sundial Bridge in central Redding.  Great exercise, great views and suitable for all abilities.

About 20 minutes outside of Redding is Lake Shasta Caverns, which offers tours of underground caverns.  You will learn the history and how the caverns came to be.  Surround by Shasta Lake.  It is a wonderful day trip. Enjoy a tour and a picnic surrounded by nature’s beauty at its best.

We have two lakes in the area that can be reached by a short drive.  There is Whiskeytown lake which offers two marinas; two swimming beaches and camping. Not to mention all the hiking trails and waterfalls to explore. There is also Shasta lake, which offers houseboat vacations, camping, and jet skiing.  If you want to be surrounded by beautiful bodies of water and enjoy activities from boating to kayaking, paddle boarding or simply floating, check out our lakes.

These are just some of the local offerings that Redding California has to offer.  For more suggestions, Visit Redding is a great source for coming events and local activities in Redding.


Photo of Sundial Bridge and Sacramento River at Sunset.

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Posted by: joline on July 17, 2015
Posted in: Redding CA