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Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Listed under Conservation in California, United States.

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Turtle Bay Exploration Park is an extensive combination of botanical garden, natural history and science museum, forest camp and seasonal animal program.

Central to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the museum houses exhibits on the area’s natural and cultural history as well as art and science. Outdoors there are opportunities for both learning and play. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is the main outdoor attraction. 20 acres of Mediterranean plants comprise the display gardens, children’s garden, medicinal garden and water features. Paul Bunyan’s Forest Camp has the feel of an old-time forest camp and outdoor exhibits educate visitors on timber and logging in California. Seasonal animal exhibits are made possible by the likes of migratory butterflies, and permanent residents include a North American porcupine, black vulture, gopher snake, cockatoo, tortoise, raccoon, Stellar’s jay and Red-tail hawk.

 Guests have many options when it comes to touring Turtle Bay Exploration Park including bicycle and Segway tours. The complex includes a café and museum store as well.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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