Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

800 Auditorium Drive
Redding, California
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Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a multi-part complex geared to educate visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibits and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.

The park's dog-friendly components include the Sundial Bridge, McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, the Sacramento River Trail and other walking paths. Admission to the gardens is $4; bridge, arboretum and river trail are free. 

• Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the botanical garden; 24/7 for the bridge and paths.
•Getting there: Take Interstate 5 to Central Redding Exit 678 (Exit 678B from the north), follow the signs to Highway 44 and Sundial Bridge (Auditorium) Drive (Exit 1). Turn right into the park. 

dog-friendly, redding, shasta cascade, sundial bridge, mcconnell arboretum, botanical gardens, sacramento river trail

Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay <br/> Photo Credit: @heartbreaker_fluff
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Photo Credit: @heartbreaker_fluff
Whatever your plans, you’ll want to start with a lingering visit to the Sundial Bridge, a pedestrian span over the Sacramento River designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its 214-foot, angled iron pylon serves as a gnomon, making it the world’s largest sundial. The bridge is a thing of grace and beauty that’s been pulling cars off the highway since it opened in 2004. Dog-friendly trails hug the river on both sides, and parking is free and plentiful. more »
Take a Spring Hike Around Redding
Redding calls itself California’s Trail Capital, and for good reason: about 100 miles of dog-friendly trails, both paved and natural-surface, have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Spring is a particularly nice time to take in the views from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, which traces the route of a historic waterworks that once supplied miners’ sluice boxes. Three bridges along the northern part of the path span gorges that gush with waterfalls in springtime and offer arresting views of Shasta Lake and Keswick Reservoir at any time of year.

Never heard of Keswick Reservoir? This river-like body of water stretching nine miles downstream from Shasta Dam is the iconic lake’s frigid, turquoise-blue afterbay. The recently paved and very scenic Sacramento River Rail Trail follows a historic railroad alignment for almost 11 miles along its western shore, offering views aplenty, multiple points of entry and ample opportunity to branch off onto dirt paths leading into the rugged hills. more »
Dog exploring Redding
Photo Credit: Leia Palin
Redding calls itself California’s Trail Capital, and for good reason: about 100 miles of trails, both paved and natural-surface, have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Fall is a particularly nice time to take in the views from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, which traces the route of a historic waterworks that once supplied miners’ sluice boxes. Three bridges along the northern part of the path span gorges that gush with waterfalls in springtime and offer arresting views of Shasta Lake and Keswick Reservoir at any time of year. more »
Tails on Trails: All Dogs Welcome!

Redding calls itself California’s Trail Capital, and for good reason: about 100 miles of trails, both paved and natural-surface, have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Three bridges along the northern part of the path span gorges that gush with waterfalls in springtime and offer arresting views of Shasta Lake and Keswick Reservoir at any time of year.  more »
Kayla is definitely a road-warrior. Say wanna go for a ride? – her ears are up, tail is wagging, leash is in her mouth, she’s in the car, and it’s full-sniff ahead.  One of her favorite road trips is the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, which actually covers about 20 percent of California. Dog-friendly trails, lakes and rivers abound, as do dog-friendly accommodations.

Kayla always begins her Shasta Cascade adventures in the town of Redding, which is not only over-the-top-dog-friendly, but is a great starting point to explore this vast region.

Yellow Lab In Front of Turtle StatuesShe likes to begin her morning at Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park, walking with lots of other dogs across the Sundial Bridge and onto the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail that overlooks the Sacramento River. She hasn’t made the entire 16.5 miles, but is working on it.  more »
Water feature at Mcconnell Botanic GardensThe McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding is overlooked by many visitors to the Shasta Cascade region. After all, the soaring (and dog-friendly) Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River is Redding’s star attraction. You and Champ won’t want to miss walking over the iconic structure, but neither should you miss the 20 acres of Mediterranean-climate display gardens on the far side. more »
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