La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
Step Back in Time to the most extensively restored mission in California. La Purisima Mission State Park, founded in 1797, offers a fabulous opportunity to explore California’s heritage. In addition to the restored buildings, the nearly 2,000 acre park is home to 25 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, a Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall, and livestock.
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. La Purisima hosts over 200,000 visitors annually for recreation, tours, school programs, and special events. Self-guided tour maps are available for $1 at the entrance station, visitor center and gift shop. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
Free guided tours are offered at 1 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and holiday Mondays. The tour begins at the Visitor Center at 1 pm, where guides lead you through the historic buildings as they bring them to life with the stories of mission life and the people who once lived here. The 1 ½ hour tour covers approximately 1 mile thru rustic terrain, stairs and doorways.
The park frequently provides a re-creation of life here during the 1820s, with weaving, pottery making, candle making, blacksmithing, and leatherwork demonstrations during special living history events throughout the year.
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The mission buildings and grounds are open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Guided tours are offered Wednesdays thru Sundays and on holiday Mondays, starting at 1:00 pm. The tour begins at the Visitor Center and generally lasts 90 minutes. Self-guided tour maps are available for $1 at the entrance station, visitor center, and gift shop.
Open 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week,
except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Private Vehicles – $6 / Seniors – $5
Buses – (10 to 24 Passengers) – $50
Buses – (25 or more Passengers) – $100
California’s most restored and furnished mission, La Purisima is a bucolic setting for rustic weddings, wine tastings and other special events, surrounded by history and natural beauty. The Mission has four venues available for rent – the Main Church, the Padre’s Chapel, the historic Mission Garden, and La Sala – and can accommodate from 50 to 300 guests.
Additionally, the La Purisima Mission hosts living history events throughout the year, where costumed docents present demonstrations and activities that recreate life back in the 1820s.
Traditional Mission Life Day: March 17
Join costumed docents and staff for demonstrations and activities that may include tortilla making, candle making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, pottery, and blacksmithing.
Sheep Shear Mission Life Day – April 21
Watch the Mission sheep get their annual shear and learn about wool production during mission times with engaging activities for the entire family.
Hide & Tallow Mission Life Day May – 19
Come rope a steer, sew a leather pouch, dip a candle, and enjoy traditional mission crafts and other engaging activities.
Children’s Mission Life Day – July 21
Unplug your gadgets, and bring your kids to experience Mission life the old-fashioned way with special hands-on, kid friendly activities for all ages.
Harvest Mission Life Day September – 15
Come stomp grapes at the end-of-the-season grape harvest, and enjoy other traditional Mission activities.
And many more!
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