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Top 10 Winter Family Adventures In Redding and Shasta Cascade

From Dog Sledding, Snowshoeing and Cavern Tours to an Indoor Trampoline Park and Urban Rock Climbing Experience, there is something for everyone.

REDDING, CA – (December 22, 2014) – Looking for family fun that everyone can enjoy this winter? Redding and Shasta Cascade offer both indoor and outdoor winter fun for the whole family. From dog sledding at Mt. Shasta or snowshoeing in Lassen Volcanic National Park, a winter rink in downtown Redding, or a marathon along the river, outdoor winter family fun is ready and waiting. When it’s time to warm up indoors, head over to Redding’s 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Rare Air Trampoline Park, offering multiple dodge ball courts, slam dunk basketball hoops, an air bag pit, a main court, a junior zone, and more for hours of family fun. Jump in when Rare Air opens its doors in late January.

Winter fun isn’t complete without some time on the mountain. Luckily, Redding is a short drive from the excitement and splendor of Mt. Shasta, which was recently included in Lonely Planet’s list of the Best in the US up-and-coming destinations! Lonely Planet editors call Mt. Shasta “a comfortable blend of old-timey and new-agey” for its spiritual significance and small town charm. There’s excitement mixed in with the mellow, Zen vibe, too: Mt. Shasta’s glaciers, trails, and lakes beckon high country adventurers and snow fans of all ages to its slopes, making it a great place to get away for the day. Enjoy some microbrews in nearby Dunsmuir and square dancing in McCloud before heading back to Redding for the night. When everyone’s buzzing about trendy Mt. Shasta next year, you’ll be a step ahead!  

Here’s a list of the top ten winter family-friendly activities recommended by VisitRedding.com, and winter fun packages offered by Redding hotels and bed and breakfasts. (Click headlines for links to more information):

1. Skiing/Snowboarding at Mt Shasta
Family members are invited to embrace their inner mountain at the Mount Shasta Ski Park, now open! The ski lifts will remain open until mid-April, offering everything from downhill and backcountry skiing and snowboarding to tubing and competitions. The Ski Park hosts a number of exciting events, as well as ski and snowboard lessons and equipment rentals. With 425 acres of skiable terrain, 32 trails, three triple chair lifts, two moving carpet lifts, and terrain parks, it’s no wonder why majestic Mt. Shasta is a winter mecca!

2. Snowshoeing at Mt. Lassen
Calling all families: Lassen Volcanic National Park has snow and you’re invited to come and get it! Take in the beautiful scenery from a different perspective: a walk in the woods via snowshoeing. Families can go it alone or join one of the many wallet-friendly ranger-led snowshoe walks. Snowshoes are available for participants with a suggested $1 donation, and rangers lead one-to-two-mile adventures exploring winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history. Route and distance varies depending on group ability and fitness. 

3. Winter Rink in Downtown Redding
Redding has opened a brand new, non-refrigerated skating arena offering family fun for all ages over the holiday season December 20, 2014 – January 5, 2015. Presented by Shasta Regional Medical Center, the Winter Rink Downtown is a unique way for everyone ages 5-105 to hit the “ice” and show off their spins! Visit www.visitredding.com/winterrink for more info.

4. Ride with the Sled Dogs in Mt. Shasta
Dogsled Express offers a completely unique adventure for the whole family to enjoy: guided dogsled rides! Imagine the power in front of you as the dogs take off in a sprint, snow flying as you take in the beauty and strength of these amazing creatures. Relax as the dogs settle into a smooth rhythm, allowing you to embrace the majestic winter wonderland of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and Castle Crags. To order tickets, visit http://dogsledexpress.net/?page_id=291  

5. Watch Siskiyou 220 Sled Dog Race
If anyone in your family has ever dreamed of dog sledding, think California first. The Siskiyou 220 is California's first Iditarod-qualifying event. The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race held in Alaska but you don’t have to travel that far to see sled dogs in action. While you watch in amazement, remember that sled dogs love the snow, they love to work and if you are lucky enough to witness the start of a race, you’ll see how eager the dogs are to GO! Mushers give their dogs the best care, which is evident to everyone who attends this race. You’ve never seen anything like it, so mark your calendar for February 7-8 and don’t miss out!

6. Shasta Rock Club
Kids of all ages love to climb. The Shasta Rock Club takes that natural urge to scramble up things (trees, furniture, etc.) and puts that energy into an activity that will build confidence and play a positive role in the lives of every family member. The Shasta Rock Club is the ultimate indoor rock-climbing destination aimed at educating, challenging, and inspiring people through a unique rock climbing experience. Shoe rentals are available, so bring the whole family to get their climb on!

7. Rare Air Trampoline Park

The Rare Air Trampoline Park is northern California’s newest hot spot for family fun! Featuring 10,000 sq. feet of indoor trampoline space, including multiple dodgeball courts, slam dunk basketball hoops, an air bag pit, a main court, a junior zone, and more. All the trampolines are designed with state-of-the-art technology to provide safe family fun for all ages. Rare Air combines exercise with fun to support a healthy and active lifestyle. Rare Air will open in late January, call for exact date.  

8. Lake Shasta Caverns Tours
Imagine being surrounded by crystal beauty 250 million years in the making! Your family’s adventure to the Lake Shasta Caverns begins with a ride across the blue waters of Shasta Lake on a 65-foot catamaran. You’ll learn all about the lake from your boat captain before arriving on the east shore below the amazing limestone North Gray Rocks. From there, your family will board a custom bus for a ride up the hill to the cavern entrance. Your expert guide will be waiting to take you inside the carefully preserved underground world of the caverns. These tours are as interesting as they are breathtaking.

9. Redding Marathon & Sundial 5K (for little runners)
The annual Redding Marathon has joined a handful of marathons across the country to be named a Boston Qualifier race for 2015. Runners from all over the world gather every year for this exciting “26.2 with a view”. There are also special events for younger athletes, including the Sundial 5K, which takes place along the world-famous Sundial Bridge, plus food, music, and fun for all! 

10. Shasta Historical Society Gold Rush Walking Tours
Families are invited to explore the remains of the "Queen City" of California’s northern mining district while learning all about the gold rush. Just six-miles west of Redding, a row of old, half-crumbling, brick buildings remind passing motorists that Shasta City, the lusty "Queen City" of California’s northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered in the region during the California gold rush. Fascinating and beautiful, the whole family will enjoy this historic tour!

11. Winter Hotel Specials
Several Redding hotels and bed and breakfasts are offering winter fun packages for travelers coming to skate, board, shop, and play. At Oxford Suites Redding, visitors can call direct and ask for the "Home for the Holidays" special or enter "SHOME2" online, and receive 20% off a suite until Jan 30th. Redding Travelodge is offering 15% off any room when you call directly and ask for the "Winter Special", or call Best Western Plus Hilltop and ask for the "Winter Special": a 1 night stay for $116.99 plus tax and fees, and including a $20 certificate to C.R. Gibbs restaurant. B&B’s more your style? Tiffany House is offering 10% off when booked direct via phone, just be sure to mention "Winter Special", and call Bridgehouse Bed and Breakfast for their “Winter Special Luxury Package,” $299 plus tax for a 2 night stay, king room, full breakfast each morning, and bottle of wine from Gironda's Italian Restaurant. Whatever your winter fun, you’ll have a cozy bed waiting for you at the end of the day!

This list only touches the surface of all there is for families to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade. Visitors come for all sorts of reasons and appreciate the diversity of the many exceptional places to stay, where warm hospitality and personalized service rule the day all year long.  It’s easy to book reservations at a downtown Redding hotel located just steps from great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, or perhaps a quiet bed and breakfast on the outskirts of town is more your family’s style. If you’re planning to travel via RV, make sure your RV Park has all the amenities you need before your wheels hit the campground, from Wi-Fi to a swimming pool, clubhouse, or marina for your boat. Stay your way in Redding by consulting our wide selection of lodging choices.

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About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two National Monuments, six National Forests and seven California State Parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, this area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas. From towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers, this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide visit www.shastacascade.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShastaCascade, or find us on twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaCascade. 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. An incredibly historic and vast rural region, Redding offers a plethora of outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. Found nearby several scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, Redding is a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Voted in 2014 as the “Unofficial capital of Kayaking” by Time Magazine, Redding is located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, with the great Sacramento River running through the center of town. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide visit www.visitredding.com, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VisitReddingCA or find us on twitter at www.twitter.com/visitreddingca. For up to date happenings follow our blog at www.visitredding.com/blog.  

 

Media Contacts

Susan Hartzler
Mental Marketing
818-585-8641
shartzler@mentalmarketing.com
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Lisa May
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
530-365-7504
lisa@shastacascade.org
www.shastacascade.com



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