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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
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+1 831-648-5716
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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Quiet walk in nature.

A small area to watch the monarchs. Dedicated docents available to inform visitors and answer questions.

Reviewed March 3, 2016
Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Reviewed March 3, 2016

A small area to watch the monarchs. Dedicated docents available to inform visitors and answer questions.

Thank Francoise1504
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Reviewed March 2, 2016

As yearly visitors to the CA Central Coast we always make a point of visiting the Pacific Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. We have seen both bountiful and lean years in the butterfly count but we never cease to be amazed at watching them return to the area to reproduce and move on. This year we were privileged to meet up with... More 

Thank DavidC1029
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Reviewed February 26, 2016

Gorgeous strolls when you see the butterflies, great rooms, great service, good prices, beautiful grounds

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Livermore, California
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Reviewed February 24, 2016

We lucked out with the weather and were able to enjoy a quick walk through the sanctuary. The Butterflies were enjoying the sunny 69 degree weather and were very active.

Thank love2snorkel17
Folsom, California
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Reviewed February 22, 2016

Great place to visit during months of January and February to see the forest of eucalyptus trees festooned with millions of monarch butterfly's before they fly off in March..

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Osprey, Florida
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Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Very cool to see butterflies galore just flitting from tree to tree. Hard to photograph. Glad I took the left. And it's free.

Thank Shulaquilz
Gold Beach, Oregon
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Reviewed February 15, 2016

This is the second visit for us to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary and we found a new addition - docents available to speak to groups and individuals who have questions about the life and travels of the Monarch butterflies.....very interesting information about their thousand miles' of travels.

Thank bijocu45
Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed February 14, 2016

This place is run by local community group and they make it very easy to enjoy the beautiful butterflies. It's easy to find, easy to park, free and the volunteers will provide you with the binoculars and some tips. The only tip is to keep in mind that Monarchs fly only if the temperature above 55F, so check the local... More 

Thank heckfy
Los Angeles
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

We love visiting Monarch Sanctuaries and were excited to see this one! There weren't a lot when we visited but the sanctuary is a beautiful place. Sit and relax on one of their beautiful benches or talk with one of the docents. This is definitely a wonderful place to visit if you're looking for something extremely low key and with... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed February 4, 2016

What can I say, other than I am a big time Butterfly Lover so why wouldn't I stop here? We are staying in Carmel for 3 months and have stopped here each time we are in Pacific Grove. Monarchs cluster together in the eucalyptus trees to stay warm, they can only fly if it 55 degrees or warmer. There are... More 

Thank Carolin P

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