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10 Things to do for $10 or less when visiting Redding

By Redding CVB | 07/19/2019 | Biking, Downtown Attractions, Family Friendly , Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Golf, Parks & Gardens, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls

Let’s face it, when we travel, we want to enjoy attractions and things to do wherever it is that we go. But sometimes we want to stretch our dollars as far as we can. Luckily for you, Redding has plenty to do for those looking for a little fun on a budget. Take a look at 10 activities or attractions you can enjoy for $10 or less when you visit Redding.

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1. Aqua Golf

An inexpensive date, something new and fun to do with a group of friends, or just a way to relax -- Aqua Golf is the perfect place! A driving range where you can hit the golf balls right into the Sacramento River! Don’t worry, the balls float and are caught in a net for reuse, so your $10 bucket of balls will last for a long time of fun and you don’t have to worry about harming any ecosystem.

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2. Sundial Bridge

People from all over the world come to Redding to see the famed Sundial Bridge. The beautiful structure is a suspension and pedestrian bridge, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing walk or bike ride across. Parking and accessing the bridge is free and it’s the gateway to the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. Cross the Sacramento River on a bridge made of steel, glass, and granite with translucent decking makes for the perfect view during the day or at night. The middle of the bridge looking west is one of the best spots in town to catch a sunset!

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3. The Park – Redding’s Food Truck Hub


For all the Foodies! The Food Truck hub is in downtown Redding and regularly has five different food trucks to choose from. It’s ideal for those indecisive couples or you can make everyone in the family happy. Enjoy a yummy meal, music, fire pits and games such as giant jenga, cornhole, life-size checkers, and Connect 4 – even a one-lane outdoor bowling alley! It’s the trendy and fun environment for literally all ages, open Thursday through Sunday for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best part is, you only have to pay for the food!

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4. Tour Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam is a curved gravity dam across the Sacramento River at Lake Shasta and provides beautiful views of the lake and Mt. Shasta. The dam generates hydroelectric power and forms the largest reservoir in California. It served an important role in World War II providing electricity to California factories, and still plays a vital part in the management of state water resources today. There are free, guided tours of the Shasta Dam year round, each taking two to three hours. The tours comprise a 428-foot elevator ride to the base of the dam, and visits to the dam's inner galleries and the powerhouse among other areas. There are lawns and trails adjacent to the dam for picnicking, cycling, and exploring.

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5. Sacramento River National Recreation Trail


This famed paved trail hugs the Sacramento River, stretching 17.4 miles from Shasta Dam to the Sundial Bridge. The winding trail is free to access and is popular with locals and visitors alike who want to take a casual stroll, an easy bike ride or a long run all accompanied with an amazing scenic view.

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6. Dancing in Redding

Dance your way down to the Old City Hall for dance classes varying from American Smooth and Rhythm dances to Swing & Club dances. If you’re visiting Redding and want a different kind of “nightlife,”, this is a fun way to let loose by yourself or with a partner for only $5! All classes are offered 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights.

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7. Castle Crags State Park


For just an $8 day use fee, you can have the opportunity to hike, picnic or fish on the Sacramento River at the breathtaking location of Castle Crags State Park. The park’s main feature is the 6,000-foot tall granite spires and 28 miles of trail, including the rigorous 6.5-mile Castle Dome Trail where you gain just over 2,000 feet in elevation. But you’re rewarded with the unparalleled view of the mighty Mt. Shasta. Plus, a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail goes through the park. How often can you hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail off your bucket list? Add this to your trip!

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8. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Stop and smell the flowers at the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. You can enjoy a nice walk through three beautiful Mediterranean gardens, two water features, and a large pond are all located just across the Sundial Bridge. And all of this enjoyment won’t cost you a penny! The Arboretum is free of charge for access.

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9. Redding Farmers Markets

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local. And that’s kind of the same thing”- Unknown. Shop all locally grown veggies, fruits, flowers, oils, baked goods, and so much more at any of these 3 Farmers Market locations in Redding! Everything is so good and fresh, make sure you take something back home with you!

Tuesday Marilyn Miller Market: 1700 Churn Creek Rd, Redding
Thursday Farmer’s Market: 22049 Old 44 Dr, Palo Cedro
Saturday Redding Farmers Market Circle: 777 Cypress St., Redding
Sunday Market by Sundial Bridge: 844 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding

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10. Shasta State Historic Park


Those history buffs are in for a treat. Ever wanted to see an old ghost town? Shasta State Historic Park is the place to be. Step back in time in what used to be the Queen City of California's northern mining district in the 1860s. A row of old, half-ruined brick buildings still stand where you can imagine what life was like more than 150 years ago. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered here during the California Gold Rush. The county courthouse along with the jail and gallows are restored to its 1861 appearance and the museum is full of artifacts including paintings, furniture, weapons and treasures. Shasta State Historic Park is a pleasant surprise.

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This article was written by the Redding CVB's Taylor Renihan.

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