Top Lompoc Attractions
Explore the Top Lompoc Attractions when touring the Central Coast. We’re home to the most fully restored and furnished California Mission. La Purisima Mission is a top Lompoc attraction that will impress the most blasé history buffs. Lompoc is also a city that embraces the arts. If you love murals then take a stroll through Old Town Lompoc. Wine enthusiasts can tour the Lompoc Wine Trail. The wine trail inspires a passion for pinots and boutique tasting rooms. Near PCH is the appropriately named Wine Ghetto.
Top Outdoor Lompoc Attractions
Taking a bike ride through country roads past vineyards and farm fields is a great way to spend the day. The City of Lompoc has a great selection of restaurants, hotels, and shops to choose from. If adventure is your pleasure, then you’re in for a treat. We have exciting attractions such as surfing and skydiving.
Come and visit us and add some of these top Lompoc Attractions to YOUR special getaway.
From April through October – and sometimes longer – you’ll see spectacular patches of colors as you drive near the farm fields of Lompoc Valley – Stock, Larkspur, Delphinium and Bells of Ireland along with other cut flower varieties are grown in abundance by local growers such as Ocean View Flowers.
Most of the flower fields are located west of Old Town Lompoc, along Central Avenue and Union Sugar Avenue. But some are also located at the east entrance to town.
As a courtesy to the growers, visitors and photographers are asked to please keep vehicles on paved roads when touring and taking photos, and do not walk (or allow your pets or children to run) in the flower fields.
In springtime, visitors can also enjoy wildflowers blooming on country roads and hiking trails around Lompoc – poppies, lupine, mustard and more can often be spotted from late March through April.
Stroll through Old Town Lompoc, CA on a one-mile, self-guided tour, featuring 18 stops along the way, including the Andrew L. Huyck House (1890), Artesia School House (1876), Lompoc Museum (1911), and the Italian Stone Pines (planted 1940).Download Heritage Walk Tour Guide View Listing
Remote Jalama Beach Park is a 30 minute drive from the city of Lompoc California. On this scenic drive, just outside of city limits, you’ll see working ranches and vineyards along with scenic vistas around every bend.
Jalama Beach is an amazing place for picnics, surfing, kite surfing, bird watching, nature photography, fishing and camping. Many protected California native plants like sand verbena, saltbush, and sea rocket, grow within park boundaries.
Day use is $10 per vehicle. Dogs can enjoy the beach for $3 per dog per day. Campsites start at $30 per night, reservations recommended (see below).
The onsite Jalama Beach Grill is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Be sure to try the famous Jalama Burger — some say it’s the best they’ve every tasted! Is it the secret sauce? Just the right seasoning on the meat? The shredded lettuce? Or perhaps the amazing view that makes the Jalama Burger so darn delicious? Come try one, and tell us what you think!
Camping not your style? No problem! Spend the day at Jalama, then check into one of the nearby Lompoc hotels and motels. While in town you can also enjoy wine tasting, site-seeing in Old Town Lompoc, a skydiving adventure, a tour of La Purisima Mission, and great local restaurants.
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This superior 18-hole Championship design by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves is a Central Coast gem. La Purisima has attracted pro tournaments from the PGA, LPGA and Senior PGA circuits, yet players of all skill levels come to Lompoc to enjoy its natural beauty and to test their game. Thousands of golfers visit each year calling it “One of America’s best designed courses.”
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A total hidden gem….
A nice setting with spectacular vistas and rolling hills.”
– Golf Digest, Best Places to Play
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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This state-of-the-art aquatics facility, operated by the City of Lompoc, is available for resident and visitor use, swim competitions, swim team training sessions, water polo tournaments, and private rentals. It’s one of the largest indoor water parks in California!
The Aquatic Center features:
- Competition pool
- Water slides
- Lap pool
- Pay structure
- Therapy pool
Summer Water Slides Hours: Open Daily, 1 to 3 pm
Summer Lap Swim Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 11:30 to 3 pm
Admission: $4 – Adults / $3.50 – Teens / $3 – Children / $2 – Infants
For Rental Opportunities: Call (805) 875-8100
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Immerse yourself in local history at the Lompoc Museum, featuring exhibits of Chumash Indians, a recreation of old Lompoc storefronts, and the pioneer history of Lompoc Valley.
Housed in a former Carnegie Library building (built in 1910), the Museum also features art, photography, and traveling exhibits.
Open 1 to 5 pm, Tuesdays thru Fridays; 1 to 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission $1 per adult
The secret is out … the rolling hills around Lompoc are producing some of California’s best wines.
The Sta. Rita Hills wine growing region, situated between Lompoc and Buellton, is recognized internationally for its award-winning wines. In summer, while most of Santa Barbara County is basking in high temperatures, the geography of the Sta. Rita Hills funnels cool maritime fog from the coast up the valley, creating the ideal climate for growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. (more…)View Listing
Journey into the world of wild horses, and experience total immersion in the herds at this spectacular 300 acre sanctuary for wild horses and burros. Return to Freedom is open on select dates for special events, workshops, tours, and programs, providing an opportunity to observe and photograph the herds.View Listing View Map
Built by community volunteers for BMX and dirt bike enthusiasts, the River Bend Bike Park offers off-road trails and jumps for all levels. Open daily, weather and conditions permitting. On-site restrooms and picnic tables. The unsupervised Bike Park is located at the end of McLaughlin Road in Lompoc.View Listing View Map
Skydiving on your bucket list?
In Lompoc, you can take the highest tandem jump in the United States! Take in unforgettable views of the Pacific ocean, hillsides, and vineyards, and feel the adrenaline rush of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It’s safe, don’t worry! Skydive Santa Barbara is fully recognized by the FAA and has operated daily for the last 15 years with an untarnished safety record. They’ve provided jumps for more than 300,000 thrill seekers since 1998. So, what are you waiting for? BOOK YOUR JUMP
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Skydiving in Lompoc
Skydive Santa Barbara has 3 jumps to choose from:
8,000 foot tandem jump
Perfect for anyone wanting the thrill of jumping off an airplane at a low price. 20 seconds of free fall.
13,000 foot tandem jump
If you are looking for a nice long free fall at a great price then this is the jump for you.
18,000 foot tandem jump
This skydive is like no other. It’s the highest drop zone in the entire United States. You would have to join the military or NASA to jump from a higher elevation. You even have to take oxygen in order to take this dive. This is the most popular skydive. You’ll get a longer free fall (90 seconds) more parachute time and the best bang for your buck.
Skydiving in Lompoc California is hands down the best choice.
Skydive School (Assisted Free-Fall Program)
Take your love for skydiving to the next level with our Assisted Free-Fall Program. This program is designed to prepare you for your first solo jump! The course consists of 4 to 6 hours of ground training, 7 assisted jumps and finished off with your first Solo Jump from 13,000 feet.
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