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California Citrus State Historic Park

Contact Information

(951) 780-6222

Park Hours


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

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

October-March
8am-5pm 7 Days a Week


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.


9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside 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.

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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 if free, with paid parking fee.   

Guided Tours  - NEW SUMMER 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 June our guided tours will be offered every second and fourth Saturday of the month. To avoid the heat, we will start our tours at 9.30 am. Space is limited and we encourage to pre-register via phone (951) 780 6222 or email: cheryl.madrigal@parks.ca.gov

Please check in at the museum/visitor center to reserve your spot on the tour. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

Upcoming tours:

             Saturday, June 10th at 9.30 am

             Saturday, June 24th at 9.30 am

 

Groves on Wheels - Our special wheelchair and stroller accessible guided tours will return in fall. Please stay tuned for updates.

               

For more information on tours, please call (951) 780-6222 Monday-Friday or (951) 637-8044 Saturday-Sunday.

 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.

 

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

Volunteers needed to work in the Visitor Center and to lead visitors on tours through the citrus groves. 

Please contact Cheryl Madrigal, State Park Interpreter at Cheryl.Madrigal@parks.ca.gov.

Location - Directions

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

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Available Activities and Facilities at California Citrus State Historic 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
 
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