July 10, 2024

CHILL OUT: 14 COOL SPOTS TO BEAT THE HEAT IN REDDING

A view of people swimming in a lake at Lassen through a car window

Is the Redding sun turning up the heat? Don’t sweat it! We’ve got the ultimate guide to keeping cool in California’s sunniest city.

From refreshing lakes to underground adventures, Redding’s got a whole menu of cool options to beat the summer sizzle.

So, let’s dive into the best ways to chill out in Redding!

SUP on the Sacramento

WHY REDDING IS A SUMMER PARADISE

Sure, Redding’s known for its sunny days, but did you know it’s also a haven for heat-beating adventures?

With stunning lakes with mountain views, cool underground caverns, and fun-filled water parks, Redding offers a perfect blend of outdoor fun and cool retreats.

Whether you’re a water enthusiast, nature lover, or just looking to escape the heat, Redding has just the thing for you!

14 COOL SPOTS TO BEAT THE REDDING HEAT

Biking to Whiskeytown

1. Whiskeytown Lake

Just a short drive from downtown, Whiskeytown Lake is your go-to spot for aquatic adventures. Dive into its beautiful waters, kayak along the shoreline, or float on your favorite raft. With four Whiskeytown waterfalls nearby, you can even add a refreshing swimming hole to your list!

Pro tip: Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a unique perspective of this beautiful lake.

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2. Shasta Lake

As California’s largest reservoir, Shasta Lake is a water lover’s paradise. Rent a houseboat for the ultimate floating retreat, or stick to day trips for swimming, fishing, and water skiing. With 365 miles of shoreline, you’re sure to find your perfect cool-down spot.

Inside the cave tour at Lake Shasta Caverns

3. Lake Shasta Caverns

Escape the heat by heading underground! Lake Shasta Caverns offers a unique way to cool off while exploring fascinating rock formations. The caverns maintain a constant 58°F, making them a refreshing retreat on even the hottest days.

4. Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Who says learning can’t be refreshing? Turtle Bay Exploration Park offers indoor exhibits where you can cool off while discovering the wonders of the natural world. Don’t miss the new dinosaur exhibit for a prehistoric escape from the heat. (The dinosaur exhibit ends September 2, 2024.)

Lassen Lake Swimming

5. Lassen Volcanic National Park

While not in Redding proper, Lassen Volcanic National Park is worth the drive for its cooler temperatures and stunning landscapes. Hike around Manzanita Lake, take the trail to King’s Creek Falls, check out steaming fumaroles, and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

6. Redding Aquatic Center

Looking for some good old-fashioned pool fun? The Redding Aquatic Center is your spot. With multiple pools, water slides, and a high dive, it’s perfect for families.

Waterslides at WaterWorks Park in Redding, CA

7. WaterWorks Park

For the ultimate water adventure, head to WaterWorks Park. With thrilling water slides, a wave pool, and kiddie areas, it’s a full day of cool, wet fun for all ages.

8. Rare Air Trampoline Park

Beat the heat while defying gravity at Rare Air Trampoline Park. With a main court, rock climbing wall, dodgeball arenas, airbag pit, slam dunk court, junior zone, trapeze court, and battle beam, there’s no shortage of cool indoor fun. It’s the perfect place to stay active while escaping the summer sun.

9. Ninja Coalition

Channel your inner ninja warrior while staying cool at Ninja Coalition HQ. This unique gym offers warrior training inspired by the American Ninja Warrior TV show. With obstacles that challenge your strength, coordination, and problem-solving skills, you’ll forget all about the heat outside. Check out their Open Gym sessions for ages 13 and up on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cold Plunge in the Sacramento River by Lake Redding Park

10. Sacramento River

For adventurous souls, try cold plunging the Sac! With summer water temperatures below 55°F, it’s a thrilling way to cool off. Popular spots include the cove by the Lake Redding boat ramp, the shallow northwest side of Nur Pon Open Space, and a small cove near the rocks by the Stress Ribbon Bridge.

Safety first: Only attempt cold plunging in shallow, slow-moving water, never alone, and always have a flotation device nearby. Cold plunge at your own risk, and be smart about it! Remember that river conditions can change, so always assess the area before entering the water.

Pro tip: Consider bringing water shoes to protect your feet from rocks and a warm towel or change of clothes for after your plunge. The contrast between Redding’s hot summer air and the cold river water makes for an invigorating experience you won’t forget!

RELATED: SACRAMENTO RIVER FLOWS IN REDDING: A GUIDE TO FISHING AND WATER ACTIVITIES

11. Sacramento River Trail

Looking for some exercise without the heat exhaustion? The Sacramento River Trail offers miles of shaded paths perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling. The river breeze keeps things on the cooler side, especially in the mornings and evenings. We recommend starting early in the day to avoid the heat peaks.

Fantasy Fountain at Enterprise Park in Redding, CA

12. Fantasy Fountain

Let the kids run wild at this free splash pad in Enterprise Park. Fantasy Fountain offers a great way to cool down without spending a dime, and the nearby playground offers extra entertainment.

13. Anderson River Park

Head to nearby Anderson for a day by the Sacramento River. It’s a great spot for a cool family day out with shaded picnic areas, the River Splash Pad, and river access.

14. Subway Cave

Take a short drive to Lassen National Forest and explore the Subway Cave. This underground lava tube maintains cool temperatures year-round, offering a unique and refreshing adventure.

Getting ready to fish in the Sacramento River in Redding, CA

TIPS FOR STAYING COOL IN REDDING

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Redding’s dry heat can be deceiving. Always carry water and drink regularly.

2. Plan Around the Sun: Start your outdoor activities early or save them for the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.

3. Dress for Success: Light, breathable clothing is your best friend in Redding’s summer.

4. Sunscreen is Your Sidekick: Don’t let sunburn ruin your cool-down plans. Apply and reapply throughout the day.

5. Indoor Afternoons: During peak heat hours, visit Redding’s museums, art galleries, and air-conditioned shops.

PACKING FOR YOUR COOL REDDING ADVENTURE

When preparing for your Redding heat-beating adventure, don’t forget these essentials:

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Light, breathable clothing
  • Water shoes for rocky lake bottoms
  • Cooler for picnics and drinks

COOL EATS: REDDING’S REFRESHING TREATS

After a day of sun-soaked adventures, cool down from the inside out with these local favorites:

A young man diving into Whiskeytown Lake near Redding CA at sunset

EMBRACE THE CHILL: YOUR REDDING ADVENTURE IS CALLING!

Redding offers countless ways to beat the heat and embrace the chill. So what are you waiting for? Dive into the coolest adventure Northern California has to offer!

Don’t forget to share your Redding cool-down adventures with us—we love seeing visitors enjoy our city’s refreshing spots! Tag us @visitredding and use #VisitRedding to share your chill experiences.

If we missed your favorite cool spot in Redding, let us know at [email protected]. Stay cool out there!

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