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“The whole area is great & this is TOO!!!”

La Purisima State Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Lompoc
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stop by here and see some real historic beauty!
Calm, peaceful and serene! Pretty too!
I played guitar here once for an Easter Sunrise service!
So nice!
Stop by and don't miss it!

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We arrived about 11:00 am and we were just leaving when they locked the gates at 5:00 PM. This is a great place to walk, take photographs, take in a little history, and let the kids run around. Unlike other missions I've been to, this one is set on several acres. The site has been restored, so there are plenty of things to see -- living quarters, kitchens, blacksmith shop, chapel, and more. Volunteers were dressed in costume and prepared to talk about how things were done at the mission if asked. There are plenty of trees and plants labeled to show how the Chumash Indians used them. There are also horses who are happy to take an apple from your hand, as well as sheep, pigs, goats, pigs, turkeys, and more. We encountered many locals out for a stroll or a run on one of the paths, and saw quail and even a coyote. We had fruit and the makings for a small lunch in the car so we went back to get those things and took a break at one of many picnic tables. There is also a visitor center with some exhibits about the indians and the Civilian Conservation Corp's restoration of the mission. The cemetery is not intact, for some reason, but there is plenty else to see. Walking is easy on the paths and there are plenty of trees to keep it shady. There is a fee to park in the lot, but parking is allowed along the busy main highway if you prefer.

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We didn't take any of the guided tours, we just took one of our own self-guided tours. My mother's friend told us a bit of the history of the mission, and the other missions in California. The place was very calm, very peaceful. The animals on the mission (they had a couple of paddocks with horses, donkeys, a steer, and sheep) were friendly. Definitely a place to visit if you want to learn some of the history of California, or your religion.

Thank Patrick R
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We have visited this mission twice.We wanted to see it after watching the California Gold program about it. It is the largest mission complex in the state and you can really get a good feel for how peopled lived and worked here. You see the living quarters, the workshops, and the chapel.The original mission was destroyed in an earthquake. There are also animals here and plenty of space for kids to explore. Since you are on your own you can look at your leisure. The second time we came, my husband hiked up to the top of the hill where the cross is. The visitor center is small and there is no active church here. This mission is a good choice for kids in the 4th grade to see since they study about the missions. They will get to see where the mission work went on and see how Spartan life was for those who lived here.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

This was my favorite of all the missions we visited on our drive up the California coast. It's different from the others we saw in that it's no longer an active church, and in that it's in the open countryside rather than in a downtown location. The grounds are extensive and the setting is beautiful.

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