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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 7 Attractions in Lompoc
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Historic Sites
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
26 helpful votes 26 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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Tennessee
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117 reviews 117 reviews
20 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I took the 1:00 guided tour, which included entry into many spaces that are normally off-limits to tourists. The docent was able to share lots of anecdotes and details while pointing out things one simply wouldn't be likely to notice on a self-guided tour. If you arrive by noon, you'll have time to look around the visitor's center, which is... More

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Solvang, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I live only a half hour away but sometimes forget how truly lovely this place is. Do consult a map or call as it is not in the town of Lompoc but just outside off of Hiway 246 at the roundabout. It is very budget friendly costing only $6 per car ($5 for seniors). The ample parking... More

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Simi Valley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visiting this Mission was awesome, as it's the only Mission out of the 21 CA missions that is actually in the condition you would expect the old world missions to look like. The State Park system has done a good job preserving the look and feel of an old mission. It's worth the visit. We spent over 3 hours at... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Quite interesting to see/feed the animals (bring carrots for the bull and sheep) and we were fortunate to talk to a "padre for the day" who gave us much insight. Wear comfortable shoes as it is dusty and there are trails for walking. No dislikes, except to wish they had the money to complete their historical projects.

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