Free Things to Do in the Lompoc Valley
The best things in life are free and we couldn’t agree more. There are plenty of things to do in Lompoc that don’t cost anything at all. Here's a list of some of the things you can enjoy that won’t break the bank.
River Bend Bike Park
Open to the public, free to ride at your own risk. Helmets are required. There are areas designated for 4 classes: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Mt. Bike. There is a small track dedicated to younger riders that is separate from the “Big Kids” area. There is a small modified trail for intermediate riders and there is an area for advanced riders with extreme jumps. The whole complex is surrounded by a trail that can be used by Mt. Bikes as well.
Located at 1 McLaughlin Road and open sunrise to sunset.
Beattie Park Disc Golf Course
Beattie Park is a sprawling 50 acre park that is home to an 18 hole disc golf course. The course features a front nine that is wide open and a back nine that is wooded with a varying amount of topography. The course is maintained and upgraded by the Lompoc Disc Golf Committee.
Located at Olive Avenue & Fifth Street
Cabrillo High School Aquarium
The Cabrillo High School Aquarium began in the Fall of 1986 as a partnership between one student, one teacher, and a local physician/amateur aquarist who agreed to sponsor their project. Today, this unique program enjoys original partnerships among students, teachers, district staff, and members of the business community--locally and nationally. Thousands of visitors, including weekly guided tours for elementary students, have toured our cross-curriculum, hands-on learning laboratory. The program has received the President of the United States' Environmental Youth Award and the California School Boards Assoc. Golden Bell Award. It was recognized on the nationally televised "A Pledge And A Promise Environmental Education Awards" program as the most outstanding Marine Science Education Program. For information about upcoming events and open house dates, please visit the Cabrillo Aquarium Facebook page here.
Located at 4350 Constellation Road.
College Park/Lompoc Skate Park
College Park is a 4.6 acre park located in central Lompoc off of West College Avenue adjacent to Lompoc High School. This neighborhood park features a 10,000 sq. ft. skate park facility, which is surrounded by mature shade trees and open grassy areas. The skate park is open to all ages from 8 am to sunset. The use of a helmet and pads are required. This is an unsupervised park and you skate at your own risk. The northern portion of the park is the home of the new Lompoc Aquatic Center.
Located at College Avenue & J Street
Kids Moto Fun Park
The Lompoc Valley Motorsports Kids Moto Fun Park is an interim, no charge OHV facility for children up to age 12, operating on weekends at River Park. This volunteer-operated park is geared for motorcycles and ATVs up to 50cc. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm.
The entrance into this park is located just east of Robinson Bridge on Highway 246 and Sweeney Road.
Lompoc Valley Walking and Fitness Trails
Hike up to Lookout Point for a spectacular view of the Lompoc Valley - located at the end of South Z St and approximately 3/4 mile up to the top. Ryon Park is located at Ocean Avenue and O Street and its walking trail is 1330 feet, just over 1/4 mile. River Park is located at Highway 246 and Sweeney Road and its walking trail is 5138 feet, which is just short of a mile. Beattie Park is located at Olive Avenue and 5th Street and its walking and fitness trail is 2172 feet, 468 feet shy of a 1/2 mile. The Riverbend Multi-Purpose trail is approximately 2.25 miles.
Additional park information is available from the Lompoc Recreation Division.
River Park consists of 45 developed acres and is a linear park which lies adjacent to the Santa Ynez River on the eastern border of Lompoc. The park includes a number of amenities including a new playground, individual picnic areas, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, a popular walking/jogging trail, and large areas of grassy open space areas. River Park also has Kiwanis Lake --- a small man made fishing pond which attracts an abundance of wildlife.
The entrance into this park is located just east of Robinson Bridge on Highway 246 and Sweeney Road.
Lompoc Valley Model Railroad & Historical Society
The Lompoc Valley Model Railroad and Historical Society promotes the hobby of Model Railroading and Railroading in general. They operate a large HO scale layout. Open to the public every Tuesday and Friday from 7 - 9 pm and the following dates:
Saturday & Sunday after the Children's Christmas Parade (Date TBA)
Located at 428 North I Street.
Storytime at the Library
Children 3 - 6 years have fun with engaging books, songs, and activities as they build their early literacy skills. Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 am at the Lompoc Library, and Wednesdays at 11:00 am at the Village Library. Bilingual Storytime is at the Lompoc Library on the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. Note that there is no storytime in August and December.
The Lompoc Public Library is located at 501 East North Avenue and the Village Library is located at 3755 Constellation Road.
Movie Mondays at the Library
Enjoy an afternoon at the library! Movies start at 2 pm and free popcorn is available.
The Lompoc Public Library is located at 501 East North Avenue.
Visit Cypress Gallery
Founded in 1994 by the Lompoc Valley Art Association, Cypress Gallery showcases the art of over 60 well-known local artists. Art lovers will find a variety of fine art in the Gallery: watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, photography, ceramics, jewelry, souvenirs, and great gift ideas.
Cypress Gallery is located at 119 East Cypress Avenue.
Tour the Historic Fabing-McKay-Spanne House
The Fabing-McKay Spanne House was built in 1875 and is home to the Lompoc Valley Historical Society. The home was named after the three families who had lived in it and has been fully renovated and furnished in true Victorian style. Although the home is not the typical “painted lady” style Victorian, it has elements typical of the period. There is no fancy gingerbread, turrets or stained glass. This was a Victorian “farmhouse” built for a working family.
The home is open to the public on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm. Also open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 11:00 am except major holidays. Special tours are accommodated by prior arrangement by calling (805) 735-4626 and leaving a brief message. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated. Located at 207 North L Street.
Hike in the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve
The Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve consists of 5,368 acres between Purisima Hills and Santa Ynez Mountains and encompasses one of the last significant stands of maritime chaparral in the state. The Central Maritime Chaparral community is dominated by ceanothus, manzanita, chamise, California coffeeberry, black sage, Coast live oak and coastal scrub species. Badgers, bobcats, deer, mountain lions, packrats, snakes, and a variety of avian species may also be observed. The public is encouraged to visit and explore the reserve. Access for pedestrians and hikers is from sunrise to sunset. Users can walk or hike on designated trails, bring dogs as long as they are retained on a leash of less than 10 feet and view wildlife at a safe distance.
Located on Highway 1 between Vandenberg Air Force Base to the west, Freeport-McMoran Oil & Gas LLC oil fields to the north, and the La Purisima Mission State Park to the south.
Ocean Beach Park
Ocean Beach Park is perfect for bird-watchers and nature photographers, as it is located at the mouth of the Santa Ynez River with a wide lagoon that attracts many varieties of birds. Beach access is closed to the public from March 1st through September 30 due to the Snowy Plover nesting season. South of Ocean Beach Park is Surf Beach which is open to the public, but check for seasonal restrictions for nesting birds. This park features BBQ grills, picnic tables, restrooms and a playground.
Located 13 miles west of Lompoc, take Highway 246/Ocean Avenue nearly to the coast, turning right on Ocean Park Road to the park entrance.
As you drive through the “Valley of Flowers,” you will see many patches of color which will be varieties of cut flowers and those grown for seed. They include sweet peas, larkspur, stock, alyssum, delphinium, marigolds and others. Though it is true that fewer flowers have been planted in recent years, approximately 80% of US cut flower production comes from California, and over half of that comes from Santa Barbara County.
Please note that flower season runs from late May until mid August, peaking in late June. There may be isolated fields as late as October, but because crops are annually rotated, no guarantees can be made as to the location or quantity of the flower fields. Pick up a flower field map and informational brochure at the Chamber when you come to visit, or download one here in PDF format.
Lompoc Mural Walking Tour
"City of Murals in the Valley of Flowers" - Like beautiful flowers blossoming along a vine, Lompoc's mural surprise and delight residents and visitors alike as they stroll the peaceful and friendly downtown area. The Lompoc Mural Project was conceived in 1988. The first mural was painted in 1989 by Santa Monica artist, Art Mortimer and featured the valley’s “Flower Industry”. Today, Lompoc has 30+ major commissioned murals in it’s inventory. The murals are located in Lompoc's historic old town area.
Pick up a mural map for a self-guided tour at the Chamber when you come to visit, or download one here in PDF format. If you are coming in a large group, guided tours may be accommodated by prior arrangement by contacting the Lompoc Mural Society here.
Check out the Creative Crosswalks
Lompoc is home to six uniquely painted crosswalks in Old Town. The six designs selected were chosen from entries by local artists and include designs that represent the arts and culture of Lompoc: flower vines, artists' tools, grapes and glasses, Native American-inspired designs, seashells and animal footprints.
Located at the intersection of South H Street and Cypress Avenue and also at the intersection of North I Street and West Walnut Avenue.
Old Town Lompoc Heritage Walk
An approximately one mile walk - allow yourself about an hour. Take a walk through the historic heart of Lompoc on a self-guided tour and learn about the sites that date back to the 1870's. The heritage walk map was an eagle scout project completed by Ryan Andersen, Troop 66 in April 2000. Click here to download an Old Town Heritage Walk brochure in PDF format.learn more >>
Lompoc's mild weather makes for perfect cycling weather! There are several bike maps located around town, and you can download one here. Whether you're riding out to Surf Beach on Ocean Avenue or using the Riverbend Multi-Purpose Trail, you'll be sure to find terrain that meets your needs.
Cycling maps are located at the entrance to the Lompoc Airport at 1801 North H St. and near the Lompoc Valley sign at East Ocean Ave and 12th St.
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