California Citrus State Historic Park is an open-air museum in the state park system of California, USA, interpreting the historic cultural landscape of the citrus industry. The story of the citrus industry's role in the history and development of California is told in the visitor center. The California Citrus State Historic Park is in the city of Riverside in Riverside County, California, United States. The 248acre park was established in 1915.Use our Riverside day trip planner to arrange your visit to California Citrus State Historic Park and other attractions in Riverside.
This California State Historic Park recaptures the time when "Citrus was King" in California, especially the Navel orange from Riverside, and recognizing the importance of the citrus industry in Southern California.
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.
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 type of orange quickly spread, and a great agricultural industry was born.
California Citrus State Historic Park Reviews
This park preserves one of the vanishing landscapes of the citrus industry. Great museum that details the history and development of the citrus industry in California. Free citrus tastings and nice li... more »
A friend was visiting from out of state and wanted to visit this park. We took the walking tour and even though I’ve lived for decades in Riverside I learned a lot of fun facts about our citrus past. ... more »
My family and I attended a celebration of life for our 100 year old grandma who passed away. The facility was perfect and met all of our needs. We had a catered luncheon. There was plenty of room for dinner tables, display tables for pictures of our grandmothers memorable life. The restrooms were very clean. The outside patio was great for young ones to play.
It is very quiet and relaxing and I love to take my dog on nice days. The area for parties is beautiful. I just wish there were longer paths to walk. You do need to pay $5 for parking.
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