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“Great any time of the year!”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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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.
Allendale, California, United States
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6 reviews
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“Great any time of the year!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Even though there weren't thousands of butterflies flying around, there was still a great many fluttering about! Very peaceful and beautiful!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Molly W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing must see!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

This was one of favorites! When you pull off the road to park and see the small sign you don't expect much, but what a wonderful surprise. There are some signs about the number of monarchs and information about the migration of these butterflies. They have guides to tell you even more. When you begin to walk on the trail you look up to see the monarchs but you just see leaves- but then- as you really watch you see those are not leaves they are thousands of monarchs resting in the trees!! They have magnifying telescopes set up for you. Your camera can also help you see them up close. There is no entry fee. Butterflies are there from November- February . The grove is eucalyptus trees. Don't miss this!!

Thank sherylschwoy
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Fowler, California
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

not too many butterflies to see at this time. Heard there was another place to see them but couldn't find it.

Visited March 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
312 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“would have been better if more than 8 butterflies were awake!!!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Timing is everything...only go if the temperature is at least mid-70's; below that they are hibernating...around high 60's/low 70's, there was some flitting around and you could see the other hanging out in the branches...it's about a 20 min walk through residential neighborhood if you're walking up - all up - from Pacific Grove; it's a nice little park, but not worth the effort if the weather is not right...i was there in December...

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Yvonne M
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Lafayette, California
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Magical Experience!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Visiting the Monarch Grove Sanctuary was a magical experience! There were enough natural butterflies to wonder at:) We visited on Friday evening and then we went again on Saturday morning for three hours! Saw two pairs of butterflies mating. The weather was unusually warm so watching the butterflies was idyllic. Our visit brought to my memory a book entitled "The Butterflies Come" that I had read as a child. It was special to "live" this wonderful story. I will read it to my granddaughter!!!

Visited February 2013
Thank Travel-lady03
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