Welcome to La Purisima Mission
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. The Mission hosts visitors year-round for site-seeing, tours, hiking, school programs, living history events, weddings and more.
Free guided tours are offered at 1 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and holiday Mondays. The tour begins at the Visitor Center, 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 through rustic terrain, stairs and doorways.
Self-guided tour maps are available for $1 at the entrance station, visitor center and gift shop. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
From March through October, on select dates, Living History Events offer a glimpse of what Mission life was like back in the 1820s. Costumed docents and staff provide demonstrations and hands-on activities that may include candle making, blacksmithing, corn grinding, bread baking or weaving.
La Purisima Mission is truly a must-see for history buffs and those looking for a serene and fascinating place to explore. The most fully restored and furnished of the 21 California Missions, La Purisima is also a California State Park with 25 miles of hiking trails to explore.
For general info, or to book a tour for 8 or more people, call (805) 733-3713
La Purisima Mission
State Historic Park
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
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.
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. MORE INFO
LIVING HISTORY EVENTS
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
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
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
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
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
Come stomp grapes at the end-of-the-season grape harvest, and enjoy other traditional Mission activities.
Getting to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
To reach the Mission from the north or the south, take Highway 101 to Buellton. Take Exit 140A, for Buellton/Solvang - Highway 246 - and head west (a left turn from the northbound exit, a right turn if southbound).
Proceed west on Highway 246 for approximately 18 miles. On a slight downhill grade you will pass the La Purisima Mission Golf Course on the right. After the golf course, take the second road, which is on the right.
Continue on Purisima Road approximately 1 mile. The Mission entrance is on the right.