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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Not far off Lighthouse Ave, at the far north end away from the restaurant district, is this grove of tall pines and eucalypts. We arrived at 11 am, just as the weather was warming and the butterflies were becoming active. We saw only one species here, monarchs, which evidently use this Sanctuary. No dogs allowed. No dedicated parking, but some... More 

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

During the months mid-October to mid-February, thousands of monarch butterflies show up at this little park to 'winter'. There is parking at the top at the nearby Monarch hotel and at the bottom along the street. Populations of butterflies has varied year to year. Sometimes the trees are swarming with large colonies, some years you only see a few dozen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a short walk through the Monarch Sanctuary. Anyone can walk it. They are a bit sparse this year, but Very beautiful. Many are in the Pine trees instead of the eucalyptus trees. Great for pictures.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It wasn't what I expected, but it was a great treat to see monarchs not in an enclosure. The sanctuary is in a neighborhood with parking on the road. It was difficult to find a spot to park. There are only a few trees with large clusters of monarchs. Having docents with their telescopes set up to help with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Monarch grove was an amazing sight. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived. Seeing all the butterflies bunched up on the branches was crazy. There was only one tree with butterflies when I visited. I wish I could have seen more. This is definitely a sight to see for anyone. Nature is amazing.

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Pacific Grove, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

"Butterfly Town" is one of the nicknames of Pacific Grove, a charming smallish town on the Monterey Peninsula. You will love the butterfly sanctuary and the beautiful coastline of the town, no charge unlike Pebble Beach. Enjoy!

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Bendigo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I rode down from Monterey on Wed 26th Nov, was there around 3pm on a sunny warm day. plenty of butterflies were clustered around one tree. highlight was actually seeing my first hummingbird feeding off an Australian bottlebrush tree.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We came early in the morning. The grove was easy to find, right in a residential section of town. The sanctuary is very small, so take your time looking up and you will see the monarchs! We saw the most on the first four trees as you enter the grove. It really is a miracle to understand how far these... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited the grove last week. The best time to be there is in the warm part of the day. Between 11am and 2 pm. The day we were there they had 8000. They look great and the docent were very helpful. It is about a 5 minute drive from the Monterey Bay aquarium.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We were a little early to see the large amounts of monarchs but we did see some. This little garden/sanctuary is so peaceful and well maintained.

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