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.
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 hiking trails, 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.
alama 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, bird-watching, photography and fishing. Its beautiful campsites have a gorgeous view of the ocean and beachfront. Day use is $10 per vehicle. Dogs can enjoy the beach for $3 per dog per day. Cabin Rental dog permits are $20 per night. Don't forget to bring your current rabies vaccination records.
Wind-swept Ocean Beach is where the Santa Ynez River meets the Pacific blue. At this pristine location you'll discover Lompoc's most engaging and beautiful shoreline. Bird-watchers and nature photographers flock to this destination, where all kinds of migratory sea birds can be seen.
Take Highway 246 to the coast, turn right on Ocean Park Road. Please note that access is closed to the public from March 1 through September 30 due to the Snowy Plover nesting season. Open 8 am to sunset