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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

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Address: Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 831-648-5716
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Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer...
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.
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I was amazed at the millions of Butterflies just hanging from the branches with there wings closed and to see them awaken and flying all around the trees. What a sight if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I was amazed at the millions of Butterflies just hanging from the branches with there wings closed and to see them awaken and flying all around the trees. What a sight if you like Butterflies. Make sure to bring a camera and a pair of binoculars.

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Pebble Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

all free: walk down Lighthouse Ave, through the charming downtownall Pacific Grove, where the Butterflies winter. Teach your kids about the importance of Bees and Butterflies in our Ecosystem. Gorgeous photos.If this doesn't make you want to learn more about conservation......You can continue a short walk to the oceanfront for unparalleled beauty , wild, crashing waves, birds and plentiful tidepooling,... More 

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St. Helena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

There is nothing that will flutter the heart and beautify the mind more, than the abundant grace and exquisite quiet of one of natures most time-honored, life-protecting partnerships; a mesmerizing waltz of thousands of Monarch Butterfly's.....congregating in masse, to winter-over among the high tree branches in the Eucalyptus Grove.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Hidden away in a small neighborhood, this is a quick, interesting spot. We have visited twice and each time due to cooler than usual weather, the butterflies were pretty inactive. They were gathered in huge "balls or bundles" to keep warm. Interesting. They provide binoculars so you can see them up close. We will keep going back until we catch... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Definitely bring your telephoto lens so you can get good shots of the butterflies up in the trees!! It was fun to read about them as well as see them flying around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is our first visit came to Monarch Grove Sanctuary but very disappointed because there no Monarch at all..maybe this is no the season. We met someone and she told us usually their season around October. The lucky thing we stayed at butterfly inn so just 2 minutes walked to Monarch Grove. We only found 2 babies deer with mama... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Although the sanctuary was very small, it had a very nice scenic setting with the tall trees, plant vegetation and trail inside the sanctuary. Just wished I got there a month sooner to see the Monarch butterflies before they left the area. Maybe next year...

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Auburn,CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I read some of the reviews about finding the sanctuary on a map before going, which probably helped us a great deal to find it. There is a smallish sign on Lighthouse near the Monarch Lodge(or something very similar) and as you drive down this small street, going past the pink/peach colored lodge there will be a second sign at... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Our visit was in March and we stopped in on the off chance butterflies were still "hanging" around. Information about the months to visit varied by sites and publications. Some gave the months as October through March and some November through February. I think the best time would be December or January. This is a short, easy walking path and... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Firstly let me say that I'm used to the Monarch Sanctuary in Goleta, CA where one can go right up to the Monarchs without restrictions other than not touching them or destroying their habitat. The PG habitat is small and roped off making observation of the Monarchs difficult without binoculars, so I would recommend you bring a pair. There is... More 

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Address: Address: Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 831-648-5716
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Pacific Grove
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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