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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 2013
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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

First off, this little park is NOT well marked, but I found so many things in CA were not well marked. It is behind a hotel, or you can enter from a side road as well. It is a tiny park tucked in behind a hotel, school, and several houses. You will likely drive by it and around it a... More

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Crestline, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I went there during the first weem of February and there were lots of butterflies all over the trees, We found it by accident and spent about 20 mins there not alot to see but it was interesting.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I visited this sanctuary in late January, 2014 and compared with previous visits years ago, there were significantly fewer butterflies. A decade or so ago, there were many very large clusters of Monarchs on multiple trees - now there are relatively small and infrequent bunches. While I was there a local TV crew interviewed me regarding my observations as someone... More

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We found this by accident and were pleasantly surprised! Stayed for only 30 minutes, but were entranced by the beautiful Monarchs.

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Sacramento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We very fortunate to live in a State with so many amazing experiences both natural and man made. This was such a low key simple lighthearted experience to take advantage of. Kinda makes you become a kid again. There were still a lot of Monarchs flying around with just a couple clusters but had one with 10,000 plus butterflies. More... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Saw a few monarchs flying around on a sunny, warm (57 degrees) day. Docent put scope on a cluster of butterflies off the sanctuary property. Next day walked on the public road behind the sanctuary and had a better, tho far off view, of the butterflies. Plant milkweed and nectar plants for monarchs!

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

Sometimes the Monarchs are hard to see, but if you turn to your right as you leave the sanctuary and walk down the road a few houses, there is a place where you are behind the sanctuary and can see the butterflies much better. You just stand on the road, not entering anyone's property.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is our second visit to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. The docent said there were 13,000 butterflies two weeks ago, and 11,000 butterflies during our visit. Watching the butterflies in free flight and hanging on the trees is amazingly beautiful. I could spend all day there, watching and photographing them. A must see, especially during the months of October-February!

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