Visitor Center Hours
Have you been by the visitor center to see our new exhibit Finding Ourselves in the Groves: Stories and Storytellers of Citrus in Inland Southern California? Check out this recent article to learn more about it, and we hope to see you in the park soon!
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.
WHAT TO DO AT CALIFORNIA CITRUS SHP
Fruit Tastings at the Visitor Center/Museum
Please come and visit our museum/visitor center. You can roam the museum, and we will have fresh fruit to taste! Tastings will be available from 10 am to 3.30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Visit our visitor center, museum, and store for unique gifts and one of a kind items. Our museum/visitor center is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Entrance is free, with paid parking fee.
Guided Tours - NEW WINTER SCHEDULE
Join us for a free guided tour where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry and sample fresh fruit off the tree. Starting in December our guided tours will be offered every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Space is limited so please pre-register by calling 951-780-6222 Monday-Thursday or 951-637-8044 Friday-Sunday. Reservations are encouraged and walk ins are welcome when there is space available.
PLEASE NOTE: The picking of any fruit, flowers, or other materials in the park is strictly prohibited. All things in the state park are protected.
Can you find the clues? This tag hunt is located at the upper groves and the grassy picinic area. All you need is a QR app on your phone. Each clue reveals more about our park and the citrus industry!
The park is located in Riverside, at 9400 Dufferin Avenue (at the corner of Van Buren Blvd.)
The address of the office is 1879 Jackson Street, Riverside. In the Arlington Heights area.
Volunteers needed to work in the Visitor Center and to lead visitors on tours through the citrus groves.
Please contact Steve at Steven.Moreno-Terrill@parks.ca.gov or call 951-689-8645.