5 Family-Friendly Things to Do this Summer in Lompoc, CA
Looking for something fun to do with your family this summer?
Plan a trip to Lompoc, and discover someplace new, away from the hustle and bustle of big city attractions. The weather is pretty great all year round in Lompoc, and in summer, it’s an especially welcoming place to escape the inland heat. Coastal breezes cool the Lompoc Valley, where temperatures average the low to mid 70’s during the day.
Located just three hours north of Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast, Lompoc is a friendly, low key city with plenty of unique, family-friendly activities to enjoy.
Here’s a look at five things you can do with your kids this summer in the sunny city of Lompoc:
1. Children’s Mission Life Day
Show your kids what life was like before cell phones and gaming consoles. Take the family to La Purisima Mission State Park, where they can experience hands-on activities that mimic those from the 1820s when the mission was home to the Chumash people and Spanish settlers.
On July 21, join costumed staff in making tortillas, candles, and soap among several other time-appropriate activities at a special living history event.
July 21, 11 am to 2 pm
Cost: Free event; parking is $6 per vehicle
2. River Bend Bike Park
You can visit a park anywhere, but a designed, off-road bike park? That’s pretty unique. Pack your bikes and helmets and hit the trails. Open from sunrise to sunset, River Bend Bike Park has designated areas for different skill levels. You’ll find dirt paths and jumps ready for riding.
Built and maintained by Lompoc locals, the park is truly a communal space where kids and parents can enjoy off-road biking.
Open daily, weather permitting
Free admission; unsupervised park
On-site restrooms and picnic tables
3. Lompoc Open Streets
Encourage your kids to enjoy the outdoors while roaming the streets of Old Town. During the Lompoc Open Streets event, vendors and family-fun activities fill the streets – rather than cars.
On August 3, bring your bike and skateboards and ride around the area, enjoy live music, play games, and participate in family wellness activities. The event is held in conjunction with the Friday Old Town Market, so there’s plenty to see and do!
August 3, 4 pm to 8 pm
Located on Ocean Avenue from C Street to N Street, and on H Street.
4. Jalama Beach Park
Hop in the car and take a country drive to Jalama Beach, just 30 minutes outside of Lompoc. Take the winding road through ranches, vineyards and hillside vistas, before arriving at the wind-swept Beach.
Spend the day frolicking in the sand, surfing fishing, hiking, and snapping photos with your family. Have lunch at the Jalama Beach Grill, where the Jalama Burger is the known staple. Tourists have made the trip to the beach for the burger alone; so don’t pass up a stop to this iconic eatery.
Hours: 8 am to 6:30 pm, year round
Day use: $10 per car
Dogs are welcome: $3 fee
5. Lompoc Aquatic Center
Spend some family time in the water at the Lompoc Aquatic Center. With two 125-foot winding slides, an interactive water playground, and a 1,600-sq foot pool, what’s not to love?
As one of the largest indoor water parks in California, it’s a great addition to any itinerary – and it’s especially fun in summertime when the retractable roof opens!
Summer Swim Hours (June 9 thru August 14, 2018):
Mondays to Sundays, 1 to 3 pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm; Fridays, 5 to 7 pm
$4.50 for adults (ages 18 to 59); $4 teens (ages 13 to 17); $3.50 seniors (60 years plus); $3.50 children (ages 2 to 12); $1 infants (under 2)
AND MUCH MORE…
These five activities listed above are just a few of the great things happening this summer. Keep an eye on the Lompoc Events Calendar for more fun events and be sure to check out Lompoc’s Top Attractions so you don’t miss a thing!