Turtle Bay Exploration Park is home to the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and the distinctive Sundial Bridge, as well as natural history and science museums, education camps, and seasonal animal programs all with views of Shasta Bally Mountain.
The Arboretum, extends over 200 acres of the park. Twenty-acres of developed gardens on the north bank of the Sacramento River feature themed areas with an emphasis on Mediterranean-climate species from Australia, California, Chile and South Africa. Other sections showcase perennial, Pacific Rim, and butterfly, plantings. A Children’s Garden contains water features and play structures.
The Sundial Bridge pedestrian link to the the Sacramento River Trail opened in 2004. The cable-stayed bridge structure supported from a 217-foot steel pylon is also enjoyed as a giant functional sculpture conceived by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.