California Citrus SHP

State Historic Park

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 are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM, based on docent availability.

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

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Friday Night Concert in the Park
Join us on Friday, July 18th at 6:30 PM for our 21st year of Concerts in the Park
Riverside's own, Legendary Mustangs will  be performing 60's and 70's rock and roll.
Concert Theme: Dog Parade. Bring your well behaved, four legged friend for a dog parade.
This event is free and parking is free.
Concerts are held in our day use area.

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.
The Museum and Store will be open until 8:30 PM on the nights of the Concerts in the Park.

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

Please contact Ranger McDonald at

California Citrus State Historic Park
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

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    8am-5pm 7 Days a Week

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

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

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (951) 780-6222

  • Region

    Inland Empire



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Park Hours and Information

Park address:
9400 Dufferin Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504

Mailing address:
1879 Jackson St
Riverside, CA 92504

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 8 AM to 4 PM

Parking Fees:
Parking  $5 per vehicle 
Seniors $4 per vehicle

Park Hours:
Mon - Fri  8 AM to 5 PM
Sat & Sun 8 AM to 7 PM

Visitor Center, Museum & Gift Shop:
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM

Picking of fruit and flowers is not allowed.
All things in the park are protected.