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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.
Fresno, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Not the time of year for the migration pattern to begin so it was very quiet in the sanctuary, some visitors were walking thru , no butterflys at this time, park was well kept otherwise.

Visited April 2014
Thank Pamela P
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Nevada City, California
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Too late! No butterflies, but a nice short walk”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

No butterflies were seen, but it's a nice little walk in the forest ;) Hoping next time to go at the right time of year!

Visited April 2014
Thank Balilight_13
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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159 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A little late in the season”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited the Monarch Grove on March 12, which is a little pas prime time . But there were still plenty of monarchs to see. Wish I could have been there a month earlier.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank 949ww
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Northern California
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421 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Almost too late to see the Monarchs - First of March”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

I've always wanted to go here but I thought it was too late for the butterflies. When we arrived at the entrance to the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary there were several people headed out. We inquired if there were any butterflies left and a lady told us they were still there but you had to look for them in the pine trees and bottle brush bushes. I'm glad she told us that as we would have missed seeing them. They cling to the branches of the pine trees and unless you know what you're looking for, you'd miss them. They are beautiful and it's a nice small park to walk through. Be sure and take your camera.

Visited March 2014
Thank Blooms65
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“fly a little butterfly”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

First off, this little park is NOT well marked, but I found so many things in CA were not well marked. It is behind a hotel, or you can enter from a side road as well. It is a tiny park tucked in behind a hotel, school, and several houses. You will likely drive by it and around it a couple of times before you figure out where it is. However, even though it is tucked into a corner -- Thank goodness that someone saved this little area! Seems these days we tear everything down to build something, yet these monarchs have someplace to come back to year after year. We visited in mid February and did not see as many butterflies as we would have liked. Most have already left by this time. The ones remaining were beautiful - flying around the visitors, in the trees and enjoying the sunshine. You have to be able to careen your head towards the sky to see them. It's a very small place, and just a small walk, but peaceful and I imagine amazing when the butterflies are in full migration.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Jen W
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