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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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8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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No butterflies this time of year, but a nice, short, quiet walk. Very close to the place we stayed. Easy parking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Watsonville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

No butterflies this time of year, but a nice, short, quiet walk. Very close to the place we stayed. Easy parking.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Fascinating when the Monarchs are there. Amazing to see just how many can be grouped together. Butterfly Town is an appropriate name.

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It's not a large park like we were thinking, and a bit tricky to find as it was located in a neighborhood...but the butterflies are amazing! we arrived after many had left, but there were still hundreds and it was beautiful! Worth the effort for usre!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Even though I visited in non butterfly season, I still walked around the grounds and saw rabbits, deer, woodpeckers and all other birds and wildlife. A nice quick stop if you're driving by.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Hidden in a residential neighborhood across from an adult education school, this is an amazing place when the monarchs are in town. You will find entire trees covered with thousands of butterflies drying their wings; amazing! Bring a pair of binoculars, or you will simply notice black trees; you will want the glasses to get a close up. During the... More 

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Oakley
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I tried to go here and they were closed the whole weekend. Such a bummer it was closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a nice grove of trees and it's great to see the butterflies. There is very little parking though. I like the Pismo Grove a bit better.

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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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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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