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Turtle Bay Exploration Park is off SR 44W (Sundial Bridge Dr.), then n. to the park entrance. This 300-acre interpretive park explores the region's people, cultures and natural resources. The glass-decked Sundial Bridge connects the park's two campuses.

In addition to the Turtle Bay Museum, Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp and Parrot Playhouse, there's an aquarium, an arboretum, botanical gardens, animal exhibits and shows, a boardwalk and changing exhibits. On site is the Monolith, the remains of the aggregate plant that processed gravel used to make concrete for the construction of nearby Shasta Dam in the early 1940s. Segway tours of the park are offered as well.

Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.

$16 (includes arboretum, gardens, forest camp, museum and Parrot Playhouse); $12 (ages 4-15 and 65+); $6 (ages 65+ on Wed.); free (ages 0-3 and active military and up to five family members with ID). Reduced admission ($5 off) daily 3:30-closing. Admission on the 5th and 10th of the month when the park is open $10; $5 (ages 4-15 and 65+). An additional fee may be charged for special exhibits.
Complex open Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. 10-5, May 1-early Sept.; Wed.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 10-4, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.
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