National Parks / Natural World
California Citrus State Historic Park Riverside
Where is it at?
California Citrus State Historic Park
9400 Dufferin Ave
Where are we going today?
We all know that iconic citrus industry associated with California - so why not head to a place that is preserving the history of it!
The California Citrus State Historic Park is actually reminiscent of a 1900s city park, with it's activity center, picnic areas, and even demonstration groves. It also captures a time when "Citrus was King" in California.
Did you know that it was actually back in 1873 when the US Department of Agriculture changed the history of the state when it sent two small orange trees to a Riverside resident?
These tress grew in perfect soil, in perfect weather, and produced such an incredible flavor that word of this spread and the rest is history!
The park is great to learn all about the historical and cultural history of the industry, with guided tours and a visitor center, but it's also a great place to just enjoy nature! There are picnic areas where you can enjoy some family lunch, and nature and wildlife viewing.
One of the best ways to experience the park are those tours we mentioned. These are FREE guided tours called "Tours and Taste", and take you through the citrus groves where you can learn all about the historic industry, AND taste the fresh fruit right off the tree!
These are available weekends, and spots are limited so make sure you reserve!
Make sure you stop at the museum too, because there are some great interactive exhibitions.
A great insight into the history of California, the California Citrus State Historic Park is park fun AND museum fun all wrapped up into one!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
8am - 5pm. 7pm close weekends April to Sept.
All year round.
There are plenty of picnic spots for you to enjoy your own lunch, so bring whatever you love, and a blanket, and enjoy it under the sun!.
Any Top Tips?
The FREE guided ours are 10:30am, 12pm and 2pm on weekends. Call ahead as spares are limited.
Doing our bit
The park is preserving this important part of history, and love to educate all who visit through their exhibits. A great experience!.
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to check the accessibility of the park and the tour route.
Can I get one of those?
There is a store where you can pick up unique gifts and one of a kind items to remember your experience by!.
Picking fruit and flowers is prohibited. .
What people are saying?
by Carm W
It only cost $5 per car to enter the state park. Inside you can enjoy a picnic at their various green space, walk the orchards, visit the museum and taste oranges. I highly recommend visiting the museum where you learn the history of the citrus fruit. The volunteer park rangers are very knowledgable and you will even be able to try some of the citrus they grow on site for free. This is a great place for everyone of all ages to visit.
by Ena Ramirez
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