Park Hours: Daily 8am-5pm
Visitor Center: Currently Closed
This park interprets the industry's role in the history and development of California through the stories of the diverse groups of people who made it all possible. The park recaptures the complexities of the time when "Citrus was King," exploring the significance 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 ideal soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful winter harvest 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 as well as thousands of migrant and immigrant agricultural workers to California for the "second Gold Rush." This resulted in the growth of cities and communities throughout Southern California, most of which were segregated along class and racial lines. On the surface, however, the lush groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruit contributed to California's legacy - its lingering image as the Golden State - the land of sunshine and opportunity.
2021 Citrus Varietal Grove Tours
For a limited time, we welcome you to join us for a unique experience on a tour of our Citrus Varietal Grove. In year’s past, we provided free citrus tasting. This year, like last, our operation is limited by COVID restrictions. So we are providing an opportunity for you to join a tour where you will be able to sample some of the more than 70 varieties of oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruit and/or kumquats. Sampling is only allowed on one of these tours. Only members of the same household will be allowed on each tour. Don’t forget one grocery bag, comfortable shoes and sunscreen. The tour will be approximately 45 minutes and will start in front of our Visitor Center. The Visitor Center will be closed.
• Tours are limited to members of the same household.
• Bring one grocery bag per family for fruit sampling. Fruit sampling is only allowed on a tour.
• Wear comfortable shoes, have sunscreen and water.
• Tour will be approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.
• Parking fees are required.