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“Butterflies everywhere overhead”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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$65.25*
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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
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.

Thank kathanselmann
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"answer questions"
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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.

Thank JuneTrip
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Very informative signs add to the appreciation of this beautiful sanctuary. Monarch butterflies were everywhere as they prepared to fly off.

Thank Janene1955
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Even at the end of the butterfly season, we were able to view many monarchs. It's a tiny little park and well worth the visit.

Thank Lorraine0306
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

It was amazing to see so many butterflies everywhere. The docents were very helpful and ready to answer any questions. They even had binoculars set up to get a better view of the butterflies in the trees.

Thank Stephanie S
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