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California Citrus State Historic Park, Riverside

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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 Riverside, Riverside County, California, United States. The 248acre park was established in 1984.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.HistoryIn 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.
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  • It was great hearing about the history of citrus in the area. We took the guided tour and saw the video. 
  • The birdwatching, the walking trails and the museum are great. If you are just a little bit interested in the history of Riverside, you need to visit the California Citrus State Historic Park. 
  • Have visited a few times. It is a very well laid out park with ample parking, very nice organization, and lots of historic orange trees and landscape. However, the recent drought has taken its toll on...  read more »
  • The guide is super nice and professional, he tells us lot of knowledge about citrus, you can get one plastic bag orange picked up by yourself
  • Happen to stop by early 2015 when they were having a citrus sampling. Was able to try something like 15 different varieties of citrus fruit from around the world; oranges, mandarins, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit and others. I guess we happened by on the right day.
  • Some easy hiking trails, a gift shop and museum, a nice place to spend a couple hours with the family.
  • Very nice. The citrus tasting was great. Dosents were very knowledgeable. Would reccommend the tour to friends and family.
  • 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.
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