Friday, June 3, 2016

A look at Turtle Bay Museum (Through fresh eyes)

My baby brother is getting married!! And it's in Utah! Exactly 747 miles away from my house. Since it’s quite the trek out there, we are going to make a vacation out of it.  While we are there we want to visit some museums; The Leonardo in Salt Lake City and The Natural History Museum at The University of Utah.  You know I'm all about getting the best deal so when I saw that it was going to cost our family $52.75 for The Leonardo + $53 for The Natural History Museum I knew I needed to find a better way. There's got to be a way to get discounted tickets, right? Well, then I remembered that when we used to have a family membership to Turtle Bay Museum here in Redding, we could get into other museums for FREE. So I looked it up, and sure enough, if I bought a family membership at Turtle Bay for $80, then I could go to these two museums (and many others) for FREE! (Well, for $80 instead of $105.75)

A look at Turtle Bay Exploration Park through fresh eyes.

A couple Saturdays ago, I went down to buy my pass in preparation for our trip, and decided we might as well go through the museum while we are there. I rounded up my two little ones and a couple of little friends, and headed on into Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It has probably been a good 3 years since I took my kids to Turtle Bay. As my big kids had grown, they got tired of it. So we just stopped going.

I have to admit, I was just going because “we might as well, since we’re here”, but I was pleasantly surprised that the kids had a great time and that they had made some updates since I had last been. (There is quite a bit of construction going on, so I can’t wait to see what it will be like when it’s done!)

Cost: Adults (16-64) $16, Seniors (65+) $12, Children (4-15) $12, Members & Children 3 and under FREE. (On the 5th and 10th of every month; Adults $10 & Children $5)
Admission Includes: Museum, Forest Camp, Parrot Playhouse & Botanical Gardens
Location: 844 Sundial Bridge Dr., Redding
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (Garden hours are different)

A look at Turtle Bay Exploration Park (Redding, CA) through fresh eyes.

My daughter is obsessed with gift shops. She is always on the look out for something to buy! This shop is really cute, with a nice coffee bar inside. There are lots of unique gifts. I bought these great California decals.

I do really love the architecture of the museum. It is a beautiful building. The permanent exhibits have been updated slightly, for instance, they have added a Beaver and ducks to the large fish tank. The beaver was really fun to watch! I couldn't get a good picture of it. Bummer.

Rock U exhibit at Turtle Bay Museum, Redding CA.

The museum has rotating exhibits. Right how the main exhibit is Rock U: The Institute of Rock 'N' Roll Exhibit at Turtle Bay. I'll do another post on this later, but my kids spent a lot of time in there! They loved it. However, if you have a headache, don't go in there! Haha! It will make it worse. There are tons of instruments for the kids to play on!

Of course the kids needed to stop and play in the gravel! They are never too big for a good dig! (We did however for-go the water area as were were there on a rainy day.) Then on to Paul Bunyan house to see the reptiles.

Parrot Playhouse, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding CA

We visited the Parrot Playhouse. It is free with admission however, $1 gets you a cup of nectar to hold out for the birds to feed from. Just do it. It's worth the $1.

Wings of Summer, Butterflies! at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding California.

Next was the "Wings of Summer, Butterflies!" exhibit. We went on a rainy, cloudy day, so they butterflies were not as active as usual, but it was still fun to walk through.

One thing that has changed about Turtle Bay since we have been is the new area for the animals. I really liked this. Their habitats were much larger than they used to be. We saw porcupine, skunk (What they heck! Why do they have a skunk!?), fox, owl, eagle, turkey vulture and more.

Like I said, there is some construction going on with the building of the new hotel, so the playground is gone, but with plans to put in a new one soon.

Redding is so blessed to have this great Museum, Arboretum, Park and Sundial Bridge, all connected to the river trail. It really is a fantastic place to take your family and enjoy the day.

Want to know more about Turtle Bay & The Sundial Bridge? Check out my other posts:

A Look At Turtle Bay Museum (Through Fresh Eyes)
Rock U: The Institute of Rock 'N' Roll Exhibit at Turtle Bay
Dial In The Sun (Sundial Bridge)

What do you like best about the Turtle Bay area?


  1. Is the lumberjack/gold panning water area still there? The kids could spend hours playing there!

    1. Yes it is! My kids love that area, but it was raining so we didn't do it this time. When it's hot, we will do it for sure!

  2. What's more review, they adapted well to real-world situations.