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“Beautiful Park! Take the free tour and sample leave with bags of fruit! ”

California Citrus State Historic Park
Ranked #6 of 40 things to do in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A 377-acre park dedicated to the preservation of California's citrus heritage. Docent guided grove tours (Tour & Taste) start PROMPTLY at 1030, 1200, & 2pm on weekends (depending on docent availability). Not all docents give grove tours. No reservations required. Tour group size limited to 15 guests. It is advised that you call the Visitor Center to make sure tours are available on the day you plan to visit the park.
Costa Mesa, California
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159 reviews
87 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Park! Take the free tour and sample leave with bags of fruit! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

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 minute of it. Very informative guide who taught us about the different varieties of citrus. What a treat! We were also given two bags of fruit while on the tour. Very fun place but make sure you make time to take the tour. The tour is an hour long. Fun gift shop with sweet snacks and orange themed items. We were there on a Saturday for the noon tour. 6 people on the tour. Hidden gem with light crowds. Enjoy!

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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“Who da thunk?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 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.

Visited March 2014
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Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“"Educational"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 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) kindly offered to take us on a tour...he shared a wealth of knowledge with us about the park, it's history and facilitated tasting sessions on numerous fruits picked fresh from the tree's!!...even better - he also allowed us to take some home with us! The tours are not scheduled to a set timetable (although they are looking at doing this long term) so if you do want to have a guided tour I would advise you contact the park office firstly before visiting...takes about an hour...we were just lucky Joe was there on the day! Thanks Joe! :)

Visited January 2014
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Riverside, Ca
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“The best of Riverside History!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 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 sometimes have weddings here.

Visited July 2013
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Nuevo, California
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“I might be a little prejudice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 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 history in Riverside County and California in general.

It's a great place in the spring when the trees are full of blossoms. It worth it just to go for the senses overload. It is a favorite place in the spring for wedding in the gazebo. The park is setup to look like a park would have in the early 1900. No play equipment but an enormous lawn space for kids to run and play.

We were there when they built the new museum. It starts with the first orange from China and runs through the heyday of the orange history in Riverside which had the largest per capita income in the United States in 1900.

We do Easter Egg hunts there and go to the summer concerts held on the lawn. Again, I might be a little prejudice but it is one of my favorite California State Parks.

Visited November 2013
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