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La Purisima State Historical Park

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Address: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone Number: 805-733-3713
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Go back in time

If you love history and love the California Missions, this is one of the best to see. It is like walking back in time. The mission buildings have been restored and you can walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Amy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love history and love the California Missions, this is one of the best to see. It is like walking back in time. The mission buildings have been restored and you can walk into the church, bedrooms, kitchens and feel the history . The gardens are a beautiful place to rest and there are trails to be walked. There... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the 1 PM free tour they offer. Highly recommended. We had to leave after ~1 hour (the guide said its going to be ~2 hours) I think normally the tour is ~1.5 hours) so couldn't stay till the end. Very recommended to people interested in knowing about the history and background of the place - less recommended for... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As part of a family mission trip, this mission was by far the most realistic. We felt in an instance we were transported back to the 1800's. The mission is not active any longer (i.e. no religious services) and is under the auspices of the California State Parks. Give yourself 2 hours to fairly take in the beauty of this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This may be the best overall Mission grounds restoration in the State. Most do not have all the grounds available for a full view of the historical context of the missions and how they operated. Other individual missions may have certain portions better restored, displayed, but this one is the best as a whole. Great place for outdoor walks, runs,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church itself looks just like any other mission church along the California coast, but what's unique about this mission is that it also provides living quarters for workers. As such, the place is relatively large with many rooms, but the place is sparsely furnished. We went there on a Saturday afternoon in June and the place was practically empty.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is amazing. You cross a small bridge from the parking lot and it's like you've stepped back in time. Restored in the middle of the last century and seemingly well-maintained since then, La Purisima is the closest you'll get to seeing a "complete" mission complex in California. There are several buildings -- the mission church, living quarters, various... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have small kids take them here let them run. It's a very old area lots of history. I try to go every year. Some say,.. It's haunted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

My husband and I went on a self-guided tour of this mission, even though there are guided tours available. The mission covers many acres, which a beautiful museum to walk through before going to the old mission area. There are great displays of artifacts and a history of the mission and the local area. You walk across a small bridge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I loved this mission! It is a little out of the way but so worth it! There are hiking trails around the mission so plan on wearing comfortable clothing and shoes. The inside is open and it feels like you are alone as you move through the property. It is well maintained. Fun Fact: It was featured in Ghost Adventurers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Fun place to visit. We enjoyed seeing the history of the missions in California and this is a great example. Also, getting to see the CCC in action as they refurbished the mission buildings. A must do for history buffs.

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