Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Explore 300 Unique Acres

Red Lion Hotel Redding is a conveniently located hotel near Turtle Bay Park, a unique 300-acre campus that explores the relationship between humans and nature. Park features include the Sundial Bridge, a museum, a forestry and wildlife center, an arboretum, and botanical gardens. Situated at the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates Northern California for its diversity in natural offerings.

Sundial Bridge

As the name suggests, Sundial Bridge is, in fact, a working sundial: one of the largest in the world.


Explore permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries. The exhibits display a mix of richly layered interpretative material, multimedia, science experiments, self-guided exploration, and more.


View native California fauna such as owls, snakes, badges, foxes, tortoises, porcupines, tarantulas, and more.


The Gardens comprise 20 acres of Mediterranean-climate display gardens, a children’s garden, a medicinal garden and two beautiful and unique water features, while the arboretum spans 200 acres and offers direct access to the Sacramento River Trail.