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California Citrus State Historic Park

Contact Information

(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
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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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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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 available 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 

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Earth Day Celebration 

       WHERE?           In the parking lot by the Grower's House
             
       WHEN?             Saturday, April 23,  2016

       WHAT TIME?  9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Registration starts at 8 a.m.)


We invite the community to help us plant our Butterfly Garden! Volunteers will be given free entrance to the park, and can enjoy the rest of the day having lunch at the picnic area, participate in our activities, visit the museum (FREE), or sing-up for our "Tour & Taste" (FREE sign-up at the museum). Space is limited and you are encouraged to contact Cheryl Madrigal to pre-register at cheryl.madrigal@parks.ca.gov or call (951) 780 6222. 


Glean & Clean for the Great American Clean-up

     
WHEN?   Saturday, May 14, 2016

We invite you to help us clean our groves. In a joined effort with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) we will pick-up fruits of the ground and off the trees. Please contact us for more information at cheryl.madrigal@parks.ca.gov or (951) 780 6072.


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

The Visitor Center and Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - 10 AM to 4 PM.

9400 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, California 92504 


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 - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.

Riverside, CA


Available Activities and Facilities at California Citrus State Historic Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
RV Access
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