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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 3 days ago via mobile

We had high hopes for this place but was rather disappointing. We went in November mid month and figured there would be a good time to see a lot of butterflies. Maybe there were but very difficult to see them unless you have a zoom...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Especially from November to February, the Monarch Grove Sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit to see the monarch butterflies that spend the winter here. There are short walking paths through the sanctuary and volunteer docents to give you information. Parking is free in spaces...More

Thank Gringa-tica28
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had seen information about the sanctuary and thought it would be worth checking out. We went on a warm November afternoon. There were a lot of butterflies that were visible to the naked eye. The volunteers were helpful and full of information. One of...More

Thank coloradosuzd
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really nice park. Butterflies were not in full mode at the time of year we went so we didn't see very many. If there had been more butterflies it would have been beautiful. I would recommend this place to families when all...More

Thank BuckyKatt2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a rewarding place to visit, I learned a great deal about the Monarch butterfly; a beautiful and mysterious creature. The sanctuary is staffed by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers

Thank mccabemichael
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with some expectations to see this gorgeous piece of earth where lots of Monarch butterflies are flying around you and you can take a pic of them real close - so much for expectations. In reality.. they are way way way above you...More

Thank hazanrel
Reviewed 1 week ago

October - January the park is full of Monarch Butterflies. Mornings and late afternoon are best viewing times. This is a self guided tour.

Thank MichaelB94
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little stop on the Monterey Peninsula. It's free and provides a window into one of nature's miracles...monarch butterfly overpowering. Butterflies are there in the fall and winter.

Thank 1occasional_traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We seemed to be a bit early, but nevertheless enjoyed out stroll through the sanctuary and did see a Monarch or two. Lots of interpretive signs and just use your imagination to envision all those Monarch when they are there.

Thank coqui_coqui_jet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Pacific Grove at the correct time of year (typically late October through February) you will have the opportunity to see thousands of Monarch butterflies that have migrated to Pacific Grove for the winter, from all over the western U.S. and Canada,...More

Thank John M
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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