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Monarch Butterfly Grove

Address: State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
Phone Number: 805 773 4382
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$200*
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Private Tour: Monterey Coastal Sights by Bike
91%
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Pismo Beach
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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Moorpark, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
57 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The Monarch Butterflies come to winter here, in the eucalyptus and cypress trees. They may be hanging in clumps in the trees, or they may be flying around if the weather is warm. Watch your step, as they occasionally land on the path, and you don't want to step on them. A fun stop on your way, to watch the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This place is great. It is a nice spot to take your family or your special girl and just take a nice walk around. Also camp grounds are in the area if you choose to stay. My wife loved walking through looking at all them butterflies.

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Fresno, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I wouldn't drive all the way to the central coast for this...but if you're here between October and Februrary do yourself a favor and check it out. It's easy to find right next to Pismo State Beach campground. This park service does a good job with presentations and scopes set up to get a close-up view of the butterflies. Sometimes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stumbled on this place because we took a detour. It was a good stop for my girls. The guide there in a wheelchair was very friendly and helpful while explaining to us about the butterflies and the migration. Must stop and see if you're in town!

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Los Altos, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Cool to see the butterflies in the Eucalyptus trees. Docents set up telescopes so you can really see the clusters up close and personal. It's a quick outing but there is a path to the beach from the grove if you want to spend more time in the area.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not exactly what I expected, but definitely worth seeing nonetheless. I wish I had brought binoculars for an even better view.

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Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited on a special day in February when several exhibits were set up. My grandson had his face painted, was shown the life cycle with actual larvae etc., and enjoyed some craft activities. We all learned something new about the beautiful monarch butterfly. Beautiful spot!

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Well, if you've watched the whales migrate and the elephant seals do there thing. There is another group that migrates and breeds on milkweed and eucalyptus yrees. Yes the Monarch Butterfly. If you drive south on Highway 1 leaving Pismo towards Garden Grove. On your right hand side just past Pismo Coast Village and the campground. There is small area... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I think we arrived on site at the best time of the year .The small grove of trees was thick with the monarch butterflies. A spectacular natural show with very informative guides

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit, grandkids especially enjoyed it. Close to the dunes so plan on visiting those while there! Parking along a busy street and only one outdoor toilet & no running water!

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