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“What a find!”

California Citrus State Historic Park
Ranked #6 of 41 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“What a find!”
Reviewed 10 July 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 believe they were at 10 am last spring. They also send you on your way with a huge bag of free citrus, so don't buy any at the stand on your way in.

We tried many types of oranges, lemons, meyer lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines, citron, and a funky looking thing called Buddha's hand. Fabulous!

They have a nice gift shop with a gorgeous collection of antique fruit crate labels in mint condition. Also a very good interpretive center.

This would be a great place to picnic. However, they do not sell food.

Visited April 2014
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Ellenton, Florida
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Awesome Wedding Venue”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

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

Visited May 2014
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5 Thank ClaudiLynn
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Riverside, California, United States
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67 reviews
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“Beautiful Slice of History”
Reviewed 28 May 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 to answer questions, give a guided tour of the groves and even present a tasting of delicious fruit just picked that morning. There are hiking trails and a picnic area. Very nice way to spend an afternoon, particularly in the early Spring when so many different types of citrus are ripening.

Visited March 2014
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Buellton, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yes, an unexpected treasure.”
Reviewed 25 May 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.

Hikes can be up to one and a half hours.

Huell Howser went; so should we.

Thank you to Joe and the other docents for a great informative day.

A Parent Navel Orange Tree from 19th century Brazil grows as a State Historical Landmark in Riverside.

Visited April 2014
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4 Thank Chuck246
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Henderson, Nevada
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86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice little museum, lots of trails”
Reviewed 21 April 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 dump, but we found many treasures that make this a nice visit. The Citrus Park was one of them!

Visited April 2014
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