Much of the history of Santa Paula deals with oil. That history is on full display at the Santa Paula Oil Museum, dedicated entirely to the history of the local oil business. The museum's many exhibits show how the oil business quickly built up the local economy and developed the town to what to what it is today. Exhibits cover the history of the town specifically, the tools used by early oil drillers, and how local Native Americans used natural oil seeps. The museum also provides guided tours, and offers a number of educational experiences and classes for students.
Los Padres National F
Santa Paula locals are lucky to have the vast expanse of the Los Padres National Forest available to them whenever they want to take advantage of it. Enormous in size, the forest contains many different kinds of ecosystem and provides a home for vast amounts of wildlife. The forest contains more than 1,200 miles of trails, providing more hiking opportunities than one lifetime could contain. Easy day hikes and longer trips are all possible within the forest. The forest has also played a significant role in helping re-establish the California condor in its native habitat.