Families should plan some time to explore Redding’s Turtle Bay. Start in the natural science museum to learn about the Sacramento River watershed–there’s an interesting interactive fish tank of local salmon, beavers and more. Exhibits rotate but generally illustrate the natural and social history of the region, including the paths taken by the region’s first explorers.
Take a meander to Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp, a small area featuring an eagle, a hawk, bobcat, and a couple foxes. Unless your kiddo is afraid of birds landing on their heads, head over to the tropical bird house, where guests are encouraged to feed the birds. There’s also a small interactive play area that gets hot in summer.
The highlight of the complex is the Sundial Bridge, which leads you across the Sacramento River to the McConnell Arboretum and botanical garden, home to hundreds of butterflies.
There is a small café onsite serving sandwiches and coffee.