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California Citrus State Historic Park

Phone Number

(951) 780-6222

Park Hours

Visitor Center Hours
Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm  

Park Hours
Daily 8am-5pm (October-March)

 

April-September

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

  

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

In celebration of the park’s 25th anniversary, we invite you to join us on Sunday, March 24 from 2:00-4:00 for our annual citrus tasting and family festival! You’ll have the opportunity to sample 25 varieties of fruit picked fresh from our groves—one in honor of each year of the park’s existence! There will also be lots to explore, from historical and cultural displays from local community groups, to information on important issues facing the citrus industry today. Last but certainly not least, there will be crate-loads of fun activities like face painting and balloon art, plus games like smudge pot ring toss, pummelo bowling, and more! While we will not be offering guided grove tours the day of the event, we’re sure you’ll find plenty to keep you busy while you’re here. We're looking forward to celebrating with you!

The event is free (with $5 parking fee--exact cash preferred). 

For more information, please contact Megan Suster at megan.suster@parks.ca.gov or 951-689-8645. 

En celebración del 25 aniversario del parque, lo invitamos a unirse con nosotros el domingo 24 de marzo de 2:00-4:00 pm para nuestra prueba de cítricos anual y festival familiar! Tendrás la oportunidad de probar 25 variedades de fruta recolectada fresca de nuestros huertos, una honor cada año de la existencia del parque. También habrá mucho que explorar, desde exhibiciones históricas y culturales de grupos de la comunidad local, hasta información sobre temas importantes que enfrenta la industria de los cítricos en la actualidad. Por último, pero ciertamente no menos importante, habrá una gran cantidad de actividades divertidas como pintar caras y hacer cajones, además de juegos como tirar el aro de olla, bolos y más. No ofreceremos excursiones guiados por el parque el día del evento, estamos seguros de que encontrará muchas cosas para mantenerlo ocupado mientras esté aquí. ¡Esperamos celebrar con ustedes!

El evento es gratis (con un pago de estacionamiento de $ 5; se prefiere en efectivo exacto).

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Megan Suster por megan.suster@parks.ca.gov o al 951-689-8645.


The park is located on the corner of Van Buren and Dufferin in Riverside--turn at the big orange!

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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. 


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  WHAT TO DO AT CALIFORNIA CITRUS SHP

Citrus Sampling at the Visitor Center/Museum

Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, please visit our museum/visitor center.  You can roam the museum, and we will have fresh fruit to taste on the back patio! Tastings are offered from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Entrance to the museum/visitor center is free, with paid parking fee of $5.   

Guided Groves Tours  

Join us for a free guided tour of the groves where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry and experience the horticultural aspects of a working grove. Our tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Space is limited so please pre-register by calling 951-780-6222 Monday-Thursday or 951-637-8044 Friday-Sunday. Reservations are highly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows.  

PLEASE NOTE: The picking of any fruit, flowers, or other materials in the park is strictly prohibited.  There are no dogs allowed in the visitor center/museum.  For more information on park rules and regulations, please click here

 

 

New Visitor Center Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

Orange you excited to volunteer with us?

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our opportunities page for more information!