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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

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Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
+1 831-648-5716
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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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Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
+1 831-648-5716

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Peaceful place to visit anytime of the year. We went when there were some butterflies there but I wouldn't make a special visit here. Quite small, of interest to some.

Thank quikflik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We missed the butterflies, Oct. 3rd, but still enjoyed a stroll through this small eucalyptus and pine forest. It was very peaceful with only a few other hopeful Monarch seekers. We will book our next trip to Pacific Grove for early November.

1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever we are visiting Pacific Grove we like to go to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. It is a short walk through the majestic eucalyptus trees where the butterflies are resting. One summer we did go at the wrong time and wondered why there were no...More

Thank Chip12014
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Even though it was the wrong season, it was enjoyable to walk through the area. We read the desriptions of each thing so it gave us a good feel of what it would be like to see the sanctuary when the butterflies are there. We...More

Thank VickiG95340
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We got there slightly late in the season, but there were still an amazing number of monarchs in the trees

Thank Laurel N
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We missed the main butterfly season, but were able to spot several nests and some Monarchs in flight. Within 100 yards along the pathway, we confronted two deer munching on grass and leaves, so we turned around. Interesting metal butterfly bench - good photo op!

Thank kathy-mgt
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Although there were no butrerflies when we went it was still fun going on a lil walk and learning about them! We even took a picture as a butterfly it was awesome!

Thank ciennabrown
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The butterfly grove is one I've returned to many times. I've attached some of my photos from a few years ago. I have reduced their quality to deter unauthorized use, because they are copyrighted by me.

Thank GlennFrancoSimmons
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Check out this beautiful spot where you can thousands of butterflies in the season, and it's not too far from the ocean and beautiful downtown Pacific Grove.

Thank valantino n
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Beautiful Sanctuary to visit in Winter when the beauties fly north. You will not see any butterflies in the summer time.

Thank dafne1130
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8 October 2017|
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Response from VickiG95340 | Reviewed this property |
We were there last month and there weren't any then. I don' know when you're planning on going so I couldn't say. I suggest you call the Butterfly Inn and check with them. They have all the answers. I'm sure you will enjoy... More
Carrie D
23 July 2016|
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Response from Z2thFairy | Reviewed this property |
Hope I'm not replying too late. No fee to enter. There are two entries and I don't recall there being any gates that can be closed and no one monitors the entrances. You can just walk straight in.
Nickie E
1 April 2016|
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Response from LindaTraveler95843 | Reviewed this property |
We went the end of Oct. last year. We saw quite a few butterflies but not as many as expected. Still the clusters are quite an awesome site, and seeing the butterflies fluttering back and forth throughout the trees was fun... More