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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
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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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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We make a point of also migrating here each year to see this incredible sight and appreciate this awesome piece of nature. The park is small but perfect for spotting the Monarchs and there is usually a very helpful docent with spotting scope on hand. Do not miss it. Great walk from town and the you can enjoy the beautiful... More

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

It makes sense - there were no Monarch butterflies there when we visited in May because they are all migrating. The grounds were nice though and we walked briefly around. There was no one around. But we have been there in the winter when the trees were thick with Monarchs covering like dead leaves the branches above us; and there... More

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Fresno, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Not the time of year for the migration pattern to begin so it was very quiet in the sanctuary, some visitors were walking thru , no butterflys at this time, park was well kept otherwise.

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Nevada City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

No butterflies were seen, but it's a nice little walk in the forest ;) Hoping next time to go at the right time of year!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited the Monarch Grove on March 12, which is a little pas prime time . But there were still plenty of monarchs to see. Wish I could have been there a month earlier.

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I've always wanted to go here but I thought it was too late for the butterflies. When we arrived at the entrance to the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary there were several people headed out. We inquired if there were any butterflies left and a lady told us they were still there but you had to look for them in the... More

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