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California Citrus State Historic Park

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(951) 780-6222

Park Hours

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

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

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

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.

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Online reservations are not available for this park.

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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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HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS AT THE VISITOR CENTER AND ELIZA'S EMPORIUM GIFT SHOP!!!          

In addition to regular hours, the Visitor Center will be open 10am - 4pm December 19-23 and 26-30.  Visitor Center will be closed December 24th and 25th.           

WHAT TO DO AT CALIFORNIA CITRUS SHP:

Join us for a free guided Tour and Taste through the citrus groves where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry and sample fresh fruit off the tree.

Tour and Tastes are generally offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm when volunteer docents are available.   Tours are first come first serve and tour space is limited.

Groves on Wheels - Special Tour

Come and join us for a wheelchair and stroller accessible guided tour through our citrus groves.

               WHERE?   meet at the visitor center
               WHEN?     Saturday, December 17th, 2016
               TIME?       10 AM - 11 AM

New Year's Hike- January 1st, 2017

                WHERE?  California Citrus State Historic Park

                WHEN?    Sunday, January 1st, 2017

                TIME?      8 AM 

                                     

All tours are free of charge with paid park entrance fee. No reservations needed.

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

Visit our visitor center, museum, and store for unique gifts and one of a kind items.


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