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California Citrus State Historic Park

9400 Dufferin, Riverside, CA 92504
+1 951-780-6222
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Riverside
Type: State Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Picnicking
Description: A 377-acre park dedicated to the preservation of California's citrus heritage.
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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

None of our CA relatives had ever even heard of this gem of an attraction that I unearthed. Located near Riverside, the park has hundreds of citrus trees of all varieties, and a free guided tour will allow you to taste many of them straight from the tree. Call ahead to ensure you have the correct tour time -- I... More

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Ellenton, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

had a wonderful wedding experience at the park... beautiful grove for the ceremony and the indoor part great with the AC...

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Riverside, California, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Over 85 different types of citrus are grown at the park. The visitors center has very nice interpretive displays that tell the story of citrus from it's origins in China to its 7,000 year, 14,000 mile journey which caused the "Second Gold Rush" in California during the late 1800'S and earlier 20th century. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are on hand... More

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Buellton, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Thoughts: Call to make sure that the Visitor Center is open and that the Pick & Taste Tours are available. If it is important; ask which of the 75 varieties of citrus will be available for tasting. Put the offered plastic glove on your non-camera hand; that glove gets juicy. Pants legs and shoes can end up with juice spots.... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We did not spend a lot of time here and it seems to get very little traffic. That is unfortunate, because the small museum is very well done! The host was very passionate about the history of the area, something I was not familiar with. Some SoCal people in Las Vegas where we lived warned us about Riverside being a... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This place is amazing and you only pay $5 to park. The park is only a mile off the 91. Oranges are everywhere with a lot of varieties. The museum is to the point and a great history lesson. Volunteers greet you and are very nice and know their history. We were encouraged to take a tour and loved every... More

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Went here on a lark today and was really surprised. Nice little walk through the citrus then met up with a volunteer ranger who had us sample the various citrus types and regaled on the history of the fruit and the park. Then saw a grafting demo. A little gem in Riverside. Well worth the $5 parking fee.

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Cork, Ireland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Far better than I had anticipated....we were greeted by a friendly German host who invited us to spend some time in the visitor centre where we watched an educational video about the history of Citrus fruits and had a peak in the little gift shop. We were about to set off and tour the park when a volunteer (Joe Hamlin)... More

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Riverside, Ca
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a must see when visiting Riverside. If you like the outdoors bring the kids and come walk around the place. If you come while the orange trees are in blossom Feb/March you wont smell anything better. Fruit stand on the street that sells citrus most of the year. Very nice park like setting with many orange trees. People... More

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Nuevo, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I was a docent at this park for three years. It appeals to everyone on some level. When my child was small, he ran up and down the hill. As he got older, he took school tours of the varietal grove and learned about the different forms of citrus. Today, as a teen, he can tell you about the citrus... More

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