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La Purisima State Historical Park

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Address: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436-9647
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+1 805-733-3713
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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Well restored California Mission

They have a modest museum that tells a summarized history of the mission. The mission itself has been restored and is under the care of the California State Parks. Good walking... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2016
Silicon Valley, CA
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Silicon Valley, CA
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

They have a modest museum that tells a summarized history of the mission. The mission itself has been restored and is under the care of the California State Parks. Good walking shoes is a must. When done visiting the mission, there are other hiking trails that one can go on. On our trip, we had a very good docent, Shiela,... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2016

La Purisima Mission is beautifully restored; it's in a lovely valley setting that takes you right back in time. Start at the excellent museum, where you can learn about the original residents of the area, the Chumash; the Spanish settlement of the region, and the restoration work undertaken by the CCC during the Depression. It's all fascinating, and very well... More 

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Lompoc, California
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

I must admit that I am biased because I live in Lompoc, but this is the best mission of them all. It is one of only two that are not surrounded by a "city". It is outside the city in a wonderful nature setting. Similar to when it was built. There are many trails and walks available to enjoy the... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Check out the grounds and the interpretive exhibits. Well worth a couple of hours to gain a little history of Californial

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Fort Frances, Canada
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

A must visit for anyone visiting California, who want to see past the superficial film industry facade and develop an understanding of this land pre-colonial contact.

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Bronxville, New York
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

Eighth mission I've visited in California, and like San Juan Capistrano, this is really a historical park (and no longer a working church), not as elaborate as Capistrano but more rudimentary. There is a dedicated staff of re-enactors who make all kinds of presentations about life in the mission. On the day we visited a thousand 4th graders were there... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

This place is wonderful...I would for sure spend more time here if you can. There are hiking trails to take, animals to see, and buildings to explore. The path is dirt and some of the buildings entry ways are not very big. So its not the best for wheelchairs, but its possible. I actually lived in this area for a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

What a great setting - historically restored original California Mission with miles of hiking trail surrounding. Many people appear to park down the street to avoid the $6 charge for parking, but if you do pay to park you enter right at the Visitor's Center. The docent was kind enough to waive the no dog rule and let me carry... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

There's much history in this mission. This mission is non active but open to public and travelers like me. Featured on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures as one of the most haunted mission. I saw it on TV and now I was there, that's cool. Take some pictures and there are some guides to tell you some history of this mission.

Thank JYY702
Lompoc, California
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11 reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2016

This Mission has been restored and its surrounding areas are beautiful. Lots of walking trails for everyday exercise. Docents that assist you in your visit. Park Rangers are on the premise. Some wildlife is on the mission property. Bobcat, red fox, many species of birds, rabbits and deer frequent the surround properties. You can spend a day at the Mission.

Thank Sajoranoll

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