I confess I am baffled by the rave reviews. It's an okay place to kill time on your day off in Lompoc, but really nothing special. A nice visitor's center, where they have spent a lot of money showing how the mission was restored during the Depression. More interesting than walking from dollar store to dollar store to Walmart in Lompoc if you've got nothing better to do, but I recommend driving to Jalama beach or Solvang or Hearst Castle instead. Not much to see here.