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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

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Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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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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Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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Reviewed November 7, 2016

The butterfly grove is tiny and crowded. The woman who works for the museum is so miserable and unenthusiastic about the butterflies. I asked her a question and this was her response: «This isn’t a Vegas show.» Yeah, I didn’t come here to see strippers.

1  Thank Elvine
Reviewed November 7, 2016

This was our second visit in November. We saw many more butterflies in late November compared to early. Still a beautiful location and so special to know the butterflies have traveled so far to winter here.

1  Thank CatfriendDavis
Reviewed November 4, 2016

We were there in October, a bit early for the butterfly season. Thought it was difficult to find and park and only saw one butterfly. Hardly anyone there.

Thank Calibogue15
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Best to visit Noon to 3pm when the butterflies are warm enough to move around. Docents are available in season, and are very helpful. Amazing journey of the Monarchs, these west-of-Rockies butterflies winter over along the Coast between Sans Francisco and Diego.

1  Thank cararro
Reviewed October 31, 2016

There weren't a lot of butterflies there. It's a beautiful setting and free. There was a gentleman there talking to someone else that was explaining trees, birds etc.

Thank kathiodom
Reviewed October 30, 2016

I went to this place around 11:00am (October 16) because I heard the butterflies fly to warm up when the day gets warmer. Before that they cling to each other for warmth in bunches and they are not as exciting to see. I had been...More

Thank startreklover
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Neat little oasis to see where Monarch's settle west of the Rockies. Make sure you look up in to the Eucalyptus trees; they're there!!!

Thank JaredSch
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Pacific Grove embraces its butterfly heritage, and it shows! From butterfly tapestries to home decorations throughout the town that feature this fantastic insect, you know the town welcomes the butterflies as well as those of us who come to see them year in and out!...More

2  Thank Lisa H
Reviewed October 24, 2016

We visited the sanctuary on October 22, 2016 at 9:30am. We were told that if we wanted to see them we would need to go before 10:00am, after it was warm enough to open their wings and begin their daily flights. Although we didn't see...More

1  Thank JoyJoy52
Reviewed October 21, 2016

Great place to be when it's butterfly season. Can't always spot lots of butterflies all year round but you can always see a few even in off season months.

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October 8, 2017|
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Response from VickiG95340 | Reviewed this property |
We were there last month and there weren't any then. I don' know when you're planning on going so I couldn't say. I suggest you call the Butterfly Inn and check with them. They have all the answers. I'm sure you will enjoy... More
Carrie D
July 22, 2016|
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Response from Z2thFairy | Reviewed this property |
Hope I'm not replying too late. No fee to enter. There are two entries and I don't recall there being any gates that can be closed and no one monitors the entrances. You can just walk straight in.
Nickie E
March 31, 2016|
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Response from LindaTraveler95843 | Reviewed this property |
We went the end of Oct. last year. We saw quite a few butterflies but not as many as expected. Still the clusters are quite an awesome site, and seeing the butterflies fluttering back and forth throughout the trees was fun... More