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California Citrus State Historic Park

This open-air museum offers educational insight on the historic and cultural contributions of the citrus industry to California.
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Entrance to California Citrus State Historic Park
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California Citrus State Historic Park visitor center
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Rows of orange trees with palms in the background
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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.

Nearest Station
Riverside - La Sierra
Address
9400 Dufferin Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503
Phone
(951) 780-6222
Website
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649
General directions
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Take the 91/Perris Valley or the Inland Empire-Orange County line to the Riverside - La Sierra Station

Take a rideshare or taxi to destination. Distance from station is approximately 3.7 miles; 10 minutes

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