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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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At the right time of year it's spectacular

This is a great stop if you hit Pacific Grove during the winter months when the butterflies are there in numbers. We got there toward the end of the season, but it was still very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a great stop if you hit Pacific Grove during the winter months when the butterflies are there in numbers. We got there toward the end of the season, but it was still very worthwhile. You just walk in from a side street (park across the street from the entry) and look up at the trees. The butterflies are... More 

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Danville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

There are thousands of butterflies!! They were resting when we arrived but as the sun came out & the temperatures warmed they all began flying!! What an incredible site!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My family fell in love with this little forested park. The butterflies are amazing to watch! We had 2 picnics here. The park has several benches for visitors. The docents were very nice and knowledgable. This park is located behind a pink motel and the sidewalk is between 2 parking lots/fences - a motel and townhomes.

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It is free and a beautiful walk. The docents are very knowledgable and the butterflies were pretty. It was a very nice walking trail, easy to do for all ages.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This sanctuary is situated in a grove, located at the Butterfly Grove Inn. Bring your camera and binoculars to view these beautiful butterflies in residence generally from October - February.

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a great place to visit while in the area, because it is not something that you can see everyday, nor very many places in the world. Nice little break from the hustle and bustle of other touristy locations and it's FREE.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Although I was born in Monterey and revisit the area frequently, I had never experienced the Monarchs prior to my latest visit. It's located on a small piece of land but the butterfly display is outstanding. The docents we spoke with were knowledgeable and very willing to share. If you plan on going and have a decent camera with a... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

There were still some butterflies there, but I think October through January are the better months to visit. Learned a lot about the monarchs - the docent was excellent!

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Lathrop, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A must stop along the road to the lighthouse or beach. I saw hundreds of Monarch butterflies in their natural habitat. I wish I was a better photographer

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My girlfriends and I went on a get away to Monterey and stopped at the visitor center in Pacific Grove, (which was very helpful) and we learned the butterflies were in the area. So, we drove to the sanctuary where there was a most informative docent. They had a telescope fixed at the perfect spot to see the clusters of... More 

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