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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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


The park is located at 9400 Dufferin Avenue, 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

Fruit Tastings at the Visitor Center/Museum

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, please come 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 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Entrance to the museum/visitor center is free, with paid parking fee.   

Guided Tours  

Join us for a freeguided tour, or "History Hike," where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry.  Our tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Space is limited so please pre-register by calling 951-780-6222 Monday-Thursday or 951-637-8044 Friday-Sunday. Reservations are 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. All things in the state park are protected.

 

 

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!


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