What to do and see in Redding, California (CA): The Best Things to do

September 26, 2021 Malia Yoakum

There's a variety of water sports in Redding, from whitewater rafting on the Sacramento River to waterskiing, swimming, fishing and sailing on Shasta Lake, one of four magnificent manmade lakes in this northeastern California town. When you're ready to dry off, there are also plenty of land-based activities, like camping or hiking in the national forests and parks, following walking trails through the 220-acre arboretum or spending time exploring two fascinating parks: Shasta State Historic Park and Turtle Bay Exploration Park. At Shasta State, you'll find the ghost town of Shasta City from the Gold Rush days, complete with restored stagecoach, barn and courthouse, with eerie reminders of where prisoners were kept and sometimes hanged. The ever-expanding 300-acre Turtle Bay Park houses the recently opened Turtle Bay Museum, with extraordinary hands-on exhibits focusing on the environment and an outstanding collection of American Indian baskets. The kids will love the park's Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp, which includes a playground, logging and ecology exhibits and the popular summer butterfly house, where the fragile winged creatures flit about and alight on welcoming visitors.
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1. Redding Aquatic Center

44 Quartz Hill Rd, Redding, CA 96003-2129 +1 530-225-7248 http://www.cityofredding.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/aquatic-center
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5.0 based on 8 reviews

Redding Aquatic Center

2. Clover Creek Preserve Trail

Clover Creek Preserve, Redding, CA 96002
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5.0 based on 10 reviews

Clover Creek Preserve Trail

161 Locust St, Redding, CA 96001-2834 +1 530-229-3600 http://www.facebook.com/trendsvintage
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Trends vintage Marketplace & Co

4. Rivercrest Park

800 Woodacre Dr, Redding, CA 96002
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Rivercrest Park

5. Turtle Bay Exploration Park

844 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001-0978 +1 530-243-8850 [email protected] http://www.turtlebay.org
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a fun, non-profit 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. At the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California as part of the world we share. We envision Turtle Bay Exploration Park as a vibrant gathering place where our community is strengthened through education, cultural engagement and economic growth.​

Reviewed By 872donnyp - Cottonwood, United States

I love going here when the car show is going on in april. Lots of things to do and it's very reasonable.

6. Riverfront Playhouse

1950 California St, Redding, CA 96001-1943 +1 530-221-1028 [email protected] http://riverfrontplayhouse.net/
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Riverfront Playhouse

Riverfront Playhouse has been Redding's Community Theatre since 1981. We bring quality live entertainment to the North State with a 150-seat theatre for plays and other performances. We also have a small presentation stage that can accommodate 40-50 patrons for performances. We have the ability as well to rent out areas of the theatre for a variety of purposes such as meetings, conferences, workshops, receptions, movies and more. Our theatre is an opportunity for community-friendly and community-based activities. We provide space to explore, experience and learn all aspects of live theatre. And we provide a service, called Buyouts, to other local nonprofits, which are opportunities to “buy out” one of our performances for a set price and to realize fundraising proceeds for their group.

7. Sacramento River Trail

Hilltop Drive and River Bend Road, Redding, CA http://Healthyshasta.com
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4.5 based on 280 reviews

Sacramento River Trail

Designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. National Park Service, this scenic trail offers hiking, biking and horseback riding within the boundaries of a lively city.

Reviewed By Departure791592

It is a great place to walk and has many wonderful things to see. We take the dogs (on leashes) and they love it.

8. Sundial Bridge

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA +1 800-887-8532 http://www.turtlebay.org/sundialbridge
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4.5 based on 1,471 reviews

Sundial Bridge

Scheduled for completion in Summer 2004, this unusually designed bridge, functioning as a sundial at one end and conveying a sense of weightlessness, connects the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Reviewed By kbpinkerton - San Francisco, United States

Beautiful area for a stroll with the Discovery Museum nearby and lots of great activities for free and charge. The bridge has an amazing design with a glass deck and crosses the Sacramento river

9. Sacramento River

Redding, CA http://www.sacramentoriver.org/index.php
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Sacramento River

Reviewed By mariposa67 - Arroyo Grande, United States

We stayed in the JGW RV Park and had a river from site for 2 nights. loved taking our chairs out to the grassy areas beneath mature trees and sat to watch the river, floaters and boaters pass by . We come from the central coast of CA so do not get to see a river this large frequently. Really loved the river setting and riparian areas. The river seemed quite high this years so there must have been plenty of snow this past winter. We rode our bikes beside the river and also walked for miles along the river trail. Not to be missed.

10. Sacramento Rail Trail

Shasta Dam Blvd, Redding, CA http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/recreationmain/reddingrecreationtrails.html
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Sacramento Rail Trail

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