I absolutely loooooved my first visit to the California Citrus State Historic Park. Le boyfriend and I will definitely be back later this year when the weather gets cooler so we can explore more of the trails and enjoy all the newly ripened oranges in the trees. Everyone at the park was so welcoming, kind, and very knowledgeable. Anyone that visits will leave the park with a newfound appreciation for citruses. The park is a bit of a drive from Los Angeles and Orange County so if you happen to be in the Riverside area, make sure to swing by!

Getting here

California citrus state historic park museum
Front of the museum. 

The drive
Once we got off the freeway, we drove through streets flanked by tall luscious trees! It was a very beautiful drive. Once we entered the park gates, we paid for parking (booth located to the right). Then straight up ahead, there is a post that show which direction everything is located. There is even have an area to picnic!

Parking is $5 per car - cash and card accepted.

Inside the museum

California citrus state historic park museum types of oranges
The many different types of citrus fruits on display. I saw and touched so many citrus fruits that I have never seen before. They all smell different too!

One of the many fun museum displays to see.

Reading about the history of citruses! 

The museum is free for all visitors. When you enter, remember to sign their guest book!

The museum is small if you compare them to other museums, but there was still so much to see and learn regarding the history of citruses. The flow of the museum was straightforward and easy to follow. Each display elaborates on pivotal moments of the citruses's history. 

Exploring the park

california citrus state historic park in Riverside
An endless sea of citrus trees in Riverside! There were rows and rows and rows of trees! Such a rare thing to see in socal.

On the trail to the the highest point in the park. It was surprisingly short and easy to walk to.

One of the few trees with oranges. They recommended we come back later in the year for the winter orange season.

The park has free guided tours Friday - Sunday at 10:30, 12:00, and 2:00. We arrived after 2 and was not able to take part in the tour. However, the docent recommended a fun short trail which is also the highest point in the park. The views were amazing! I had no idea there was a place like this located an hour away from my home! I can't wait to go back later this year when the weather is cooler for the newly ripe citruses.

Citrus tasting

california citrus state historic park orange tasting
Tasting all the yummy oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes after our walk. The oranges were sooooo sweet and juicy!

california citrus state historic park oranges
Our complimentary bag of citruses! 

The citrus tasting was located outside, back of the museum. All the citruses were beyond sweet and juicy! They take the fruits from the trees when they are ripe so they taste so much better than the ones we purchase at the grocery store. Remember to try the finger lime when you are there! The inside of the fruit was very unexpected! You will have to go yourself to find out~


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