5 Fun Fall Outdoor Activities in Lompoc
Lompoc is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground! It is in the heart of California’s central coast and the climate is temperate year-round which is perfect for outdoor adventure. Activities include everything from scenic historic mission hikes, tide pool exploring, bird watching and more. Here are 5 fun outdoor activities perfect for finding your fall bliss during your trip to Lompoc!
#1 Hike at La Purisima Mission
One of the most extensively restored missions in California, the La Purisima Mission is a jewel of the Central Coast. Rated as one of the best hiking spots in Lompoc, the nearly 2,000-acre park is home to 25 miles of trails perfect for peeking the colors of fall and exploring the natural beauty of the area. After enjoying a leafy hike along the extensive mission trails, take a self-guided tour of historic buildings that have been restored to their original 1820’s condition.
#2 Tide Pool Fun at Jalama Beach
Jalama Beach is a fall wonderland with bird watching, nature photography, fishing, and hiking. Many native California plants like sand verbena, saltbush, and sea rocket, grow within park boundaries. One of the fall delights is the tide pools where visitors can explore the wonders of the sea. The pools are home to a magical array of plants and animals like sea slugs, sea stars, crabs and more!
#3 Bird Watching at the Estuary
The Ocean Beach Park & Estuary is a birding paradise! Bird-watchers and nature photographers flock to this unique area where the Santa Ynez River meets the Pacific Ocean. You can see migratory birds of all kinds throughout the year and the Snowy Plover nesting season dominates the estuary during spring and summer. Activities include beach walks, bird watching, hiking, photography, picnics, and a playground. Bring your camera and binoculars during the fall to see all the fall colors and the local bird wildlife.
#4 Enjoy Fall Golfing
With our beautiful year-round weather, fall is the perfect time to enjoy Lompoc’s golf courses. As the leaves fall among the stately oaks and mature pine trees, the picturesque fairways are a fall golfer’s paradise. Choose from two golf courses in Lompoc. The Mission Club course was designed by Ted Robinson which takes advantage of the rich California hillside landscapes, and on-site Sage Restaurant & Bar overlooking the course. The 18-hole Championship La Purisima Golf Course is a superior course designed by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves that has attracted world-class tours from the PGA to the LPGA.
#5 Go on a Fall Wine Tour
Grab your besties, sit back and let someone else do the driving while you enjoy a fall Wine Tour through Lompoc’s award-winning wineries and vineyards. Our rich valley offers the ultimate wine country getaway. With nearly 30 wineries on the Lompoc Wine Trail, you’ll experience everything from boutique tasting rooms in the Wine Ghetto to beautiful estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills.
Lompoc is a fall weather paradise you certainly don’t want to miss. Book your hotel now, and enjoy a fantastic California coastal getaway.