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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831-648-5716
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Pacific Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions... more » Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions about the butterflies and their migration, are only there from 12pm-3pm as available. It is highly recommended that you go to the Sanctuary when a docent is present. There is no charge to visit the Sanctuary, but donations are accepted.The Monarchs arrive in the Sanctuary towards the end of October, and leave around the beginning of March. The monarch population peaks the week after Thanksgiving. The monarch migration to Pacific Grove is so inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, led by dedicated volunteers.The volunteers at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary are from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The Museum, which is just about mile away from the Sanctuary, has a large exhibition on monarch butterflies containing videos and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. As both the Museum and Sanctuary are free, it's great to pair them together to get the most out of your experience to the monarch Sanctuary. « less
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Go in late October as early October the Monarch's are not in high numbers yet. We rode bikes there and enjoyed a scenic ride along the coast after checking the butterflies out.

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Southern California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is a small park, a few benches. October is the month the city has the festival but truly Thanksgiving through early January is the time to see the butterflies here. Definitely arrive when the sun is out, after noon through 2pm is best. We saw a dozen or so fluttering around the neighbors bottle brush bush (at the end... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Locals say best time to see the monarchs are in November. Meet some great people while looking though.

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Rocklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The sanctuary is located in a residential area with parking on both ends of the park. The walkway has a slight elevation but not something that anyone could access - including wheelchairs. The best time to see the butterfly's is late October/November as we only saw 5 the day we were there.

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A very small park that is not very easy to locate. Went there just a bit too early in the season but did see TWO of the Monarchs... must have been the advance scouts! Sign says best time of day is when it is warmest...

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Los Altos, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Never miss a chance to come here in the winter. The monarchs are so fragile, yet amazingly hearty & strong to make the trip.

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Livermore, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stayed at Butterfly Grove Inn adjacent to the Grove. Strolled thru early in morning. Pleasant, small, woodsy park. Tree and native plant lined. No butterflies though. Too early in year.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We have seen monarch butterflies in this area, but they do have a season to view them. Its usually best around mid October to mid February time; they do cluster together. The sanctuary is free. Year round there are photos to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

very tranquil grove of trees where supposedly there ae monarchs. however they are very hard to see. so if you come, just enjoy the place and if you see butterflies, all the better.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is one of those places that not many people have visited and for us it was by coincidence. While in the Monterey area several years ago, we happened onto this place and stopped in. This butterfly sanctuary is only of the few remaining places that have been preserved for the Monarch Butterfly to call home. Once there was millions... More

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