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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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Beautiful Butterflies

The Monarch Grove is a must stop if you are visiting SLO county from November to March. These beautiful butterflies cluster together here and look like beautiful moving leaves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Laura J
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San Luis Obispo County, California
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Sunnyvale, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A pleasant stroll through a small eucalyptus grove alongside a state park out to dunes and bluffs between Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. No butterflies during the May period when we were there but a nice way to start off the morning anyway. Parking near the Pismo Beach state park entrance is alongside highway 1 and this is probably crowded... More 

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San Luis Obispo County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Monarch Grove is a must stop if you are visiting SLO county from November to March. These beautiful butterflies cluster together here and look like beautiful moving leaves. The docents are very friendly and informative, having telescopes set up along the path for a closer look. A short walking path takes you through the eucalyptus trees, and amongst the... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The butterflies flying all around you in there natural habitat. There was signage and docents that provided Interesting facts about the butterflies local habitat and migration information.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

More signage would be good re: the butterflies but the trail is very good. Can go into the campground or can go to the beach or just linger in the grove.

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Pismo Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Park is adjacent to a camping area where it looks like the homeless sleep. I felt a bit unsafe being there

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Very cool! I really wasn't expecting much from a bunch of eucalyptus trees on the side of the road but this place is amazing! There were so many butterflies and not just high up in the trees clustered together but because it was a warm day there were lots fluttering all around us. There were lots of docents to ask... More 

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West Pennant Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Our grandchildren were very interested in seeing the Monarchs "wake up" as the sun came out. During certain times of the year, the butterflys come to rest on their migration. As the sun shines and warms them up they open their wings and the colors are beautiful. It is a very small area of trees but fascinating.

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

thousands of butterflies when they migrate, the docents are very knowledgeable and provide lot of information. Its amazing how the monarch butterflies gather here. If you want to see them on the trees, then visit in the morning, as the day warms up, the butterflies wake and start flying around, which is also a great sight and experience.

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

So much fun, such a great free experience. Learned a ton stopping by here. I would stop by here again and again. I bet every time you stop by you are going to learn something new from the volunteers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We only saw a few butterflies it was too late in the season. We Can't wait to go back & see them next season.

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