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“Great little out of the way spot” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monarch Grove Sanctuary

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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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.
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“Great little out of the way spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Quiet, tiny little park behind a motel that is a little oasis. Wild birds, butterflies, trees, and quiet.




Visited June 2012
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Monterey CA
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“NO FLARPALAS”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I live across the "sanctuary" and have been living for 10 yrs and only once I saw what could to be considered a "large" group of Monarchs
(no more than 50) Someone in the City decided to "chop down" the trees that serve as shelter for them (the butterflies)

Visited June 2012
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“Nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We wandered into this place and spent an hour there. I found it quite fascinating. I highly recommend it.

Visited May 2012
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Monterey, California
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“Butterflies everywhere overhead”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

I found this place at the end of the season, but still saw hundreds of monarch butterflies. Very nice and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to look at butterflies. It is handicapped accessible.

Visited March 2012
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“Well worth the visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Although we visited at end of season we were still able to see alot of butterflies. Enjoyed walking through it and the serene environment as well.

Visited March 2012
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