Park Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-7pm
Visitor Center: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00pm
What is open now?
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.
Since the majority of our fruit has come and gone, we are transitioning our Varietal Grove Tour to focus on the history of citrus in the area.
We will offer one tour a day from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No reservation is necessary. Come one, come all.
We may or may not have fruit available for tasting.
Please take note:
Field Trips at California Citrus State Historic Park are designed for children in third or fourth grade only. Students will experience the history of citrus from its origins to present day in a period setting replicating the height of the citrus industry in the Riverside area. The California Citrus State Historic Park school tours are available January through April on Thursdays. There are two available tour times each Thursday. The morning tour is from 9:30am-11:00am and the afternoon tour is from 12:30pm-2:00pm. School Tour scheduling opens on November 1, 2021, and will be completed on a first come, first served basis. Please call our office 951-780-6222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. State Parks will continue to use a monitor and adapt strategy to meet any new guidance it may receive from local and state public health officials as COVID-19 is still present.