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La Purisima State Historical Park

2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
805-733-3713
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Lompoc
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Missions, Outdoors
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Type: Historic Sites, Missions, Outdoors
Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Santa Monica, California
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213 reviews 213 reviews
40 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I've been to all 21 missions in the California chain, many I've visited twice. La Purisima is the largest and most authentically restored of all the missions. As a State Park, much effort has gone in to displaying the way life was in the early 19th century, including live farm animals, pastures, agriculture plots and a series of restored buildings... More 

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Lompoc, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed walking through the buildings and discovering what life must have been like for the inhabitants of the mission. They have beautiful trails and paths to walk, animals to see, as well as a wonderful museum. Worth the trip.

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Los Banos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It was beautiful history, landscaping was gorgeous, all you heard was the trees rustling in the wind. Did not care for other tourists bringing their pets with no potty bags.

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Banning, Ca
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220 reviews 220 reviews
108 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited here with wife as we look at central coast missions. First mission destroyed and some ruins in Lompoc. New mission was started to be rebuilt in 1930 by CCC group during Great Depression. They did a great job and visitor center shows many areas of the history. Worth visiting, a no-active mission. Pay by the car load at the... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We were on vacation in California and wanted to visited as many missions as we could. Unfortunately, we arrived to La Purisima State Historical Park about 20 minutes prior to its closing. We thought it would be similar to the other missions and the building would be close to the parking area. The mission is approx. a 1/4 mile walk... More 

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful location, used in many movies. The walk to the cross gives such a wonderful view. The animals give it that genuine mission feel. Plenty of locations for photos. I had my confirmation photos taken there in 1976 and the surroundings have not changed much. Absolutely love the mission. Wish more people visited these historic sites to keep the true... More 

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Lompoc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you haven't toured the Mission at night, you don't know what you're missing! Candlelit rooms, docents in costume, fruit in tortillas... I've always found the mission to be serene, but as evening falls, it is even more so. And to glimpse a candlelit window through the trees is magical. Loved it!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Walk on a part of the El Camino Real, back in time of the Chumash and Spanish Misson era. The docents tell you the stories of the past, the museum leads you pictorially through its history and on through the restoration. The grounds and buildings are as they were. Candle making, herb, medicinal and vegetable gardens along with military quarters... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great place to spend an afternoon. Many trails to hike around in. Self guided tours are an option but they do have a tour guide that gives a tour at 1 pm. Found it very enjoyable!

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Sacramento, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited this park as part of our summer road trip and our daughter did a report/project on this mission. We didn't get disappointed. The park is huge and lots of history to learn. This place is awesome and it's pretty. I was really impressed the way they take care of this park. Their museum is very nice, bathrooms are... More 

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