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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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Address: State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
Phone Number: 805 773 4382
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Fresno, California
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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

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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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

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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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

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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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We rented a house not far form the Monarch Grove and walked daily through the park to the beach for our morning walks. The park personnel are wonderful, they know so much and are enthusiastic about sharing it with you and the kids. Parking and cross the road is tricky but it's a GREAT FAMILY stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is. a nice place to stop and take a brake. It is close to two campgrounds and a easy walk or drive. The monarch butterflies are amazing ant there are usually binoculars set up so you can view them in the trees. There are certain times of the year you can see them in their migration. It is a... More 

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