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Pioneer Camp, Botanic Gardens & Science Museum in Redding

Inspire creative learning and cultural understanding at this expansive nature complex on the banks of the Sacramento River. Discover California's unique pioneer history at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, an old logging camp, and visit a traditional Native American bark house. Have fun with hands-on science exhibits and meet rescued animals at the museum. See parakeets, butterflies, and fish. Wander across the Sundial Bridge, the largest working sundial in the world. Stroll among native trees, plants, and flowers at McConnell Arboretum & Gardens, which includes a children's garden and medicinal garden. Relax by the gurgling water features or grab a snack at the Museum Store and Coffee Bar. Relish lovely views of the river and spark your imagination at this entertaining, family-friendly attraction.


Prices -

$16 adults, $12 seniors 65+/children ages 4-15, free for children age 3 and under

Hours -

Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gardens are open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. or dusk.


  • Turtle Bay Farmers Market
  • Paint Night at the Museum
  • Brews by the Bridge


  • Arboretum & Gardens
  • Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Native American Bark House
  • Animals & Aquarium
  • Sundial Bridge


  • What animals can I see at Turtle Bay Exploration Park?

    See 64 different species of animals at Turtle Bay. Feed cups of nectar to lorikeets in the Parrot Playhouse and mingle with 32 species of butterflies every summer. Visit native fish in the aquarium and meet rescued animals like Timber the North American beaver. 
  • Does Turtle Bay Exploration Park offer any discounted ticket specials?

    Enjoy reduced admission on the 5th and 10th of every month: $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-15 and seniors 65+. Seniors also pay half-price ($6) every Wednesday, and everyone can save $5 on their ticket every afternoon from 3:30-4:00 p.m. 

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