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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
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08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Thu 08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Monarchs Galore!

Hundreds, possibly thousands of glorious Monarch butterflies flying high in the trees. A really nice walk with lots of information posted along the way.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Hundreds, possibly thousands of glorious Monarch butterflies flying high in the trees. A really nice walk with lots of information posted along the way.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Not the easiest place to find and after locating it, walked down a narrow path to a grove of mainly TALL eucalyptus trees. We had heard Nov. was a good time to view the Monarch butterflies, but apparently the butterflies did not get the memo. Yes, there were butterflies flying about, but they were up in the tops of the... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I actually lived by this little gem for over a year and it is very charming when the butterflies are out and about; they like the sun and chances are if it is cloudy and cold they will be huddled in the trees. It is quite small and not much to see if you just walk through it. If you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

The Monarch Sanctuary is a wonderful experience. The docents were well educated and helpful. The Monarchs had not fully arrived yet. Cost is just donations. Worth the 30 minutes it takes to explore the small park.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Serenity by the sea, filled with another display of what God does best, make beautiful things, in this case butterflies. What a unique spot to enjoy this and to catch a few moments of peace and tranquility. A must see, but doesn't take anymore than an hour at the most.

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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 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.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 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.

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Spring Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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.

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