Farm & Ranch Tours

Authentic. Tranquil. One-of-a-kind. That’s how Lompoc visitors describe the area's farm and ranch tours.

Located on California’s central coast, the region is home to a 300-acre horse sanctuary, working ranches, farms, and fresh markets that should top every visitor’s itinerary. All of these picturesque stops offer breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez River valley. The rolling hills, vast open space, and mediterranean climate call to many.

The farms and ranches dotting the valleyside are ideal destinations for people looking to avoid crowds, long lines, and adrenaline-pumping activities. Instead, you’ll find small tours that lead you through lavish lavender fields, usher you to hilltops to see wild horses roam free, or seat you at family tables to enjoy fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.

Ground yourself in Lompoc

The Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm is a boutique, family-owned farm in the Santa Rita Hills just outside of Lompoc. With a sea of vibrant purple plants welcoming you, the farm sells soaps, culinary sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Visitors can also sign up for lavender wreath-making classes or learn how to distill lavender into an essential oil.

With majestic oak trees and a sprawling vineyard, Hidden Canyon Ranch is a great locale to shed the stress of the big city. Take a 90-minute walking tour of the grounds where you’ll hear about everything from planting and harvesting to composting and wine-making. You’ll visit the animals and see the fan-favorites: mini donkeys.

Dare 2 Dream Farms is a family-owned farm that raises free range chickens. You can stop by for a tour, pick up eggs for a truly amazing breakfast, or attend a farm-to-table event. You’ll sit in a lush outdoor garden and enjoy a handmade meal, chat with friends, and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

Arrange a private tour at the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary. Perched atop a hillside, you can snap rare pictures of horses racing through the valley. The area is home to 400 wild horses and 29 burros who are free range animals with unencumbered spirits. Learn about the horse’s habitat, their bonds, and how you can help the nonprofit provide for them.

After a leisurely stroll through a Lompoc farm or ranch, swing into Old Town for the farmer’s market. Vendors gather every Friday to sell fresh-picked seasonal produce, baked goods, plants, and fresh cut flowers from the area’s acres-upon-acres of budding flower fields.

A visit to Lompoc isn’t complete with touring a farm or ranch. The tours offer a glimpse of farm life, pristine views of the Golden State’s central valley, and rich experiences that you won’t find in an urban jungle. Book your tour today!

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Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm

Immerse yourself in lovely fields of flowers at the Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm. Stop by this local, family-owned farm store for hand crafted lavender products for sale like bath salts, balsamic vinegar, culinary sugar, and also fresh cut flowers, eggs, and more. The farm also hosts fun and education events like their lavender wreath making class. Check their website for events and farm store hours. Santa Rita Hills Lavender Farm was recently featured on KTLA, see the feature below.
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Hidden Canyon Ranch

The Hidden Canyon Ranch is 44 acres and was established in 2010. They currently farm hay, a small vineyard and gardens. In addition, they ranch sheep & chickens without hormones or antibiotics with plenty of space to roam. The Ranch is available to rent for long term stays or film and photo shoots. Check the event calendar for tours, yoga and more. Visit the Farm Stand, open every Saturday 9-5.

Certified Farmers Market

Farmers and vendors gather every Friday afternoon in Old Town Lompoc to sell fresh-picked seasonal produce, fresh cut flowers, succulents, baked goods, and more. Rain or shine, year-round,  in the parking lot at the corner of South I and West Ocean Ave. 2 to 6 pm (spring thru fall) 2 to 5 pm (winter hours)

Dare 2 Dream Farms

Dare 2 Dream Farms hosts a variety of events throughout the year including farm-to-table events, farm tours, educational workshops, and work-exchange days. You can also schedule a private event for a special occasion. Farm-to-Table Events feature local, fresh, and handcrafted meals specially prepared in season. Meals often include personalized farm tours as well. Educational workshops cover raising chickens, organic gardening, canning, and more. For a hands on experience, book a work-exchange day .... spend a few hours of 'learn-by-doing' farming in exchange for an education and a great meal. Farm tours offer a chance to see goats, chickens and gardens ...

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

Return to Freedom is spectacular 300-acre Lompoc sanctuary site for wild horses and burros. They are dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros. Through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation, visitors can experience total immersion in the into the world of wild horses.  Interested in a Photo Safari in Lompoc? Return to Freedom hosts Photo Safari's, Private Tours and Retreats at their 300-acre horse sanctuary in Lompoc! All private events are scheduled by appointment, and are led either by RTF volunteers and/or professional photographers who know the sanctuary, the herds, and the light. To ...

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