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Coronado Butterfly Preserve

Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
805-961-7507
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Goleta
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Westlake Village, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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12 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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Santa Barbara, California
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16 helpful votes 16 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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UT
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a nice hike, I have gone twice this month. It is not the season for butterflies, so I only saw 2. There was no water in the preserve, like the pictures show, it is very dry this month. Still, it is a beautiful hike. If you continue beyond the butterfly area and hike across the meadow you get... More

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Lompoc, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I'd heard about the butterfly preserve but never been. This is an amazing place to relax and it's truly magical when the butterflies are there. Seriously - this is somewhere to go with someone special and just let the world disappear behind you.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We were in Santa Barbara for a week and came her twice with my 3 year old. The half a mile walk to the actual butterfly preserve starts off by going through a small eucalyptus tree area. Afterwards, you walk by a small creek and over a walkway that leads to the protected fenced area where the monarch butterflies are... More

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simi valley
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This was a wonderful adventure. There were 1000s of butterflies flying around and hanging out in the trees. The walk from the parking lot to the preserve is very easy, mostly flat and suitable for children and seniors. You can extend the exploration around the preserve. There are lots of trails and you can even hike down to the beach... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Bring binoculars and enjoy the butterfiles clumped to the trees in the wintertime. Walk or bike up the hill a bit and across the mesa to the bluff for a great views. You may also work your way down the bluffs to the beach below

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