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Coronado Butterfly Preserve

Address: Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
Phone Number: 805-961-7507
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Goleta
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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los angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The walk through the park satisfies visual sensation auditory senses and it's not pretty darn good too!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

From November thru January each year, monarch butterflies do a layover on their migration in this highly accessible area outside of Santa Barbara. We were very early in the season and still saw hundreds of them, clustering together in groups of 20 or 30 on a single branch as well as flying about. It was really wonderful!

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Danbury, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We love this place. You can walk back to the cliffs or down to the beach. Lots to do even when the Monarchs are not in season. Good trails and good parking. This part of the coast is a great place to walk.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Monarchs are here in January/February. We came here on January 2 and the butterflies were just starting to congregate. We almost missed the clusters in the trees -- look up (high)! The view of the Pacific is spectacular and you can walk along the cliff on a path for a long ways. We got directions to the Preserve at... More 

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Free to park. Free to enter. Off to a good start! A short, easy walk takes you through groves of trees, open meadows and along a steep cliff over the ocean. You can take your time and walk one or more of the many trails, or you can just do a quick walk over to the beautiful ocean view. It's... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Even though the butterflies are seasonal, the area itself is always beautiful. You can walks through the trees or walk along the coast. There are a variety of trails to take and explore. During the butterfly season- November to February- the butterflies are in the heart of the trees, and sometimes a volunteer will be there informing the visitors on... More 

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Ontario, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to the Butterfly Preserve when it was off season. We saw a few of the Monarch Butterflies but we were enjoying the nice walk so much we didn't mind. We even walked out of the grove to see the ocean. Beautiful easy hike.

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Westlake Village, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Coronado Butterfly Preserve This was my second visit here. I brought a group of friends, so it was a nice walk. There were probably the same amount of clusters of butterflies as there were the last time I was here a few years ago. You can experience the environment the butterflies prefer...it's a lovely walk...hike into the grove. It's not... More 

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Danville, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This was a smaller grove than at Pacific Grove but worth the time and the setting is nice. I expected some ocean views, but there are none unless you walk farther outside the grove. We were here in December, one of the principal times, but there were only a few butterflies. Still interesting and an easy walk.

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Glastonbury,CT
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21 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We were visiting Santa Barbara and read about this preserve. A few articles said that the monarchs begin arriving in October so we decided to take the drive to check it out. It was a beautifully sunny AM and the parking lot was almost empty when we arrived. We met a gentleman leaving and I asked if he had seen... More 

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