California Citrus State Historic Park is a 248-acre open-air museum in Riverside, offering in person educational exhibits that tell the stories of the citrus industry's role in the development of Southern California. This park emphasizes the importance of the citrus empire in Southern California’s expansion, and captures the intricacies of a time when "Citrus was King," by diving deeper into just how much of a lasting impact the citrus industry has on this region.
California Citrus history goes back to 1873 when Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets planted and cultivated two orange trees sent to her by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The trees flourished in the Mediterranean conditions of Southern California — and their success ultimately inspired and launched the thriving citrus industry of SoCal. Today, the land contained within this park is said to still produce high-quality fruits -- including Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.
The visitor center houses an educational museum and there’s antique citrus grove farm equipment on display scattered throughout the park. Traditionally, there are tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays which include a guided citrus tasting. There’s also an activity center, amphitheater, picnic area, and event space.
When the time is right, this park can be an ideal location to host a wedding, gala event, or group celebration with an impressive backdrop for photographs. The towering palm trees and rows of scenic orange orchards remind visitors of the lasting significance of California Citrus on the state’s agricultural economy.
Explore more in Riverside County
This Inland Empire food hall showcases a diverse selection of artisanal eateries and bars.
Take a steam-powered train rides on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 10am-3pm.
Sweet things are here!
Tom's has a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions for family entertainment.
40 acres of botanical gardens containing more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.
This bike path was built in 1892, and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fill your day with family-friendly thrills and fun at this Riverside theme park!
This open-air museum offers educational insight on the historic and cultural contributions of the citrus industry to California.
Discover new places to travel with Metrolink!