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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

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Address: Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 18316485716
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch...

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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An amazing site to see

During the fall and winter months, this is a must see. Millions of Monarchs cover the branches of huge pine trees. In the fall, Pacific Grove hosts their annual Butterfly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Antioch, California

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Antioch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

During the fall and winter months, this is a must see. Millions of Monarchs cover the branches of huge pine trees. In the fall, Pacific Grove hosts their annual Butterfly festival. You don't want to miss it, if you love Pacific Grove and Butterflies as much as we do.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

The butterflies are getting scarce, population is dwindling at an alarming rate as habitats shrink and pesticides abound. Grow some milkweed stands (very easy) and create a butterfly garden at home. Monarchs will lay eggs and you can watch the entire process, raise/hatch them indoors. There will be a small drop of blood when they pump up the wing veins,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We visited in December when the weather was very cool and it had been raining only a few hours earlier. Perhaps the conditions had dispersed the butterflies or there weren't many to begin with, so it took a while to find them. But they were only a small bunch fairly high up in the trees. The underside of the butterflies'... More 

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Whittier, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

We didn't see any butterfly when we went there. We learned later that its season is from November to February.

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Carmichael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

It's free which is nice. Like taking a nice little walk through the woods. We didn't have anyone telling us where to look or even what to look for, so as people walked we all started sharing what we thought we should be looking for. We kind of learned from each other and had fun pointing out what we thought... More 

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Love the area PG has preserved for these little Eye catchers,this is always one place we have to visit.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

We stayed at the Butterfly Inn which was just steps away from the entrance the the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. We were there in February 2016 and the butterflies were really swarming. It was a beautiful day and the walk thru the sanctuary was very pleasant. We even had our picture taken sitting on the "butterfly bench". Beautiful place and the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I thoroughly enjoy my time watching the monarch butterflies! You might have to train your eyes to find them at first though. They can look "gray", or look like dead leaves, not the brilliant orange that you think of. Once you find them, everything from then on will be magical!

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San Jose
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Well let me see - we saw a dancing squirrel, a wounded bird, a flying crow, numbered trees and memorial benches. But, we did not see a single butterfly, not even a moth!!!!

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Wow, this place is absolutely amazing, and I'll definitely be heading back next year!. We visited in February, which is right at the end of the monarch season, but there were still lots of butterflies around. The docents were so helpful in explaining the mating ritual we were seeing. My kids (3yo and 5yo) were completely mesmerized by these butterflies.... More 

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