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Monarch Butterfly Grove

Address: State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
Phone Number: 805 773 4382
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped on Sunday when we were driving by and the butterflies were amazing. They are just a short walk from the road where there was plenty of parking. There were volunteer docents there and signs to answer your questions and provide information. They also give a one hour butterfly talk at 10am and 2pm which is very interesting. There... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped off the side of the road and saw tons of monarchs in the trees. The volunteers were great about explaining the mating process, how males and females look different, and the telescopes are positioned on just the right spots in the trees. They even have short ones set up for kids. And it's free! Definitely worth 20 minutes... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I was invited to take the three hour trip to Pismo Beach to see this annual phenomenon which until this point I never had opportunity to experience. We've all seen a few butterflies here and there flutter into our yards, but at this site, between late October through the end of February, something like 30,000 of the pretty things converge... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

A great area with some informative signs, plus rangers and volunteers. Also several telescopes are set up to help see the Monarchs up close which was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My daughter was so excited to stop off here when we were in the area and she loved it. Last year we drove up the PCH from LA and stopped at random places. This area was on our itinerary and really worth the stop. There were not many butterflies in february because I believe it was a little cold for... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a little grove at the very south end of Pismo Beach where monarch butterflies winter. You need to go between November and February to see anything. As you walk in you see specs in the air by the trees, almost like a swarm of bees, but then realize that they are butterflies, thousands of butterflies. they gather in... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

It's worth a visit at least once to see butterflies hanging from the trees like bunches of grapes. Parking is a little iffy if you do not enter through the State Park.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Must see if you are in the area from December thru February. Entrance is free, state park ranger on site to answer questions, easy access, free parking. Gotta go!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Well worth the short drive if you are in the area during the Monarch migration. Butterflies everywhere but if you are going to be taking serious pictures, bring a long lens.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Amazing little place to stop by, the monarchs warm up and fly all around you when it gets warm in the middle of the day. There are thousands which all cluster and look like leaves on the eucalypts above. The Monarch Grove is right beside the beach and is a must see experience. The information boards are very interesting and... More 

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