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California Citrus State Historic Park

Contact Information

(951) 780-6222

Park Hours

8am-5pm 7 Days a Week

8am-5pm Monday-Friday
8am-7pm Saturday, Sunday

The Visitor Center open
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

Driving Directions to California Citrus SHP

The park is located in Riverside, one mile east of the 91 Freeway. In the Arlington Heights - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Ask one of our docents for a guided tour through the citrus groves where you can sample fresh fruit right off the tree. Citrus Tasting Tours may be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM, based on docent availability.

The Tour & Taste program may not available every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. These tours are conducted by only a few of our docents for park visitors . To find out if a tour is available for a specific day call the Visitor Center and Museum on Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays after 10 AM at 951-637-8044. It is highly recommended you call ahead to ensure tours are available. Guided tours are not available any other days of week.

The picking of any fruit, flowers, or other materials in the park is strictly prohibited. All things in the state park are protected.

Visit our visitor center, museum, and store for unique gifts and one of a kind items.
Visitor Center and Mueseum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays - 10 AM to 4 PM.

V O L U N T E E R   O P P O R T U N I T I E S

Please contact Carmen Zone at

9400 Dufferin Ave
Riverside, CA. 92504


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This park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry's role in the history and development of California. The park recaptures the time when "Citrus was King" in California, recognizing the importance of the citrus industry in southern California.

In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forever changed the history of Southern California when it sent two small navel orange trees to Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets. Those trees, growing in near perfect soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful fruit. Word of this far superior orange quickly spread, and a great agricultural industry was born.

In the early 1900s, an effort to promote citrus ranching in the state brought hundreds of would-be citrus barons to California for the "second Gold Rush." The lush groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruit gave California another legacy - its lingering image as the Golden State - the land of sunshine and opportunity.

More about the park

The design of the park is reminiscent of a 1900s city park, complete with an activity center, interpretive structure, amphitheater, picnic area, and demonstration groves. The land contained within the park still continues to produce high-quality fruits.

Location - Directions

The park is located in Riverside, at 9400 Dufferin Avenue (at the corner of Van Buren).
The address of the office is 1879 Jackson Street, Riverside.  In the Arlington Heights - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.

Riverside, CA Latitude / Longitude: 33.8702 / -117.4162

Available Activities and Facilities at California Citrus State Historic Park

RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available