Parks and Gardens
Take a Stroll Around Redding
The wide open outdoor spaces of mountains and river rapids are a huge part of Redding’s unique offerings, but there are also plenty of beautiful parks and gardens to enjoy right in the heart of downtown Redding. Many parks lining the Sacramento River are equipped with playgrounds and provide family fun for all ages. Warm up with a lap on a paved trail around a scenic lake in the morning before heading for steeper peaks, or enjoy a day of relaxing outside in a scenic garden. The sun shines nearly nonstop in all of our outdoor areas!
Outdoor Experiences Closer to Downtown
Not all adventure is happening in the mountains. Parks and gardens closer to our downtown district provide breaths of fresh air, too.
More Than Just a Park
Whether you are looking for some shade to chill or something with more of a thrill, this park is for you. You name it they have it: corn hole, baseball fields, a golf course, a boat ramp and a paved river trail. They even have volleyball courts with sand that was hauled in from Monterey and a skatepark that was architecturally designed by some of the X-Games designers. You can’t visit Redding without stopping here.
Parks for Frolicking and Fun
Redding is dotted with easily accessible parks that provide playgrounds and facilities for outdoor recreation. Caldwell Park features skating areas as well as play areas for small children alongside picnic areas and playgrounds that make for a perfect family outing. Kids will love the erupting water volcano at Enterprise Park, and in the summer months there is a public splash pad that operates for free.
Parks Along the Water
Being on the water is great, sure, but appreciating it from the riverbanks and storefronts can be just as appealing. Over at Mary Lake Park, the man-made lake provides outdoor fun for all ages and abilities to stroll and spot wildlife. Cascade Park, along the river, even includes a dirtbike trail. Stop for some alfresco dining with Sacramento River views at Kutras Park. Visitors will find picture perfect scenery near Downtown Redding at Lake Redding Park.
Redding’s Local Natural Oases
Stop and smell the roses — literally. See what’s in bloom while wandering some of Redding’s most beautiful gardens. Clover Creek Preserve offers a little slice of nature along its paved trails. The McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens provides an escape into nature, located in Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Mix art and nature together at Art Exhibit and Sculpture Park at City Hall downtown.