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Coronado Butterfly Preserve

Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Goleta
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Danbury, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

This experience is not to be missed especially if traveling with children. Learn about the monarchs before you go so you can really understand the magic happening all around!

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Santa Barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

From late November through February or March the grove is alive with thousands of monarch butterflies. They gather in large clusters on the branches of the eucalyptus trees and flutter overhead in the sunshine. The key here is "sunshine." On overcast days, most are clustered rather than fluttering. It is an easy hike from the Coronado Dr. entrance and docents... More

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