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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 1 week ago

The Monarch Grove Sanctuary is tucked quaintly within a Pacific Grove Neighborhood. Literally thousands of butterflies can be seen on occasion. Be careful where you walk, since the butterflies can be resting on the ground.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Numbers of butterflies vary from year to year, but when they are going strong, what a beautiful sight! We go every year. Glad to see how well it is preserved and how much the volunteers add to experience by sighting the butterflies with scopes and...More

Thank Dandre D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided to visit this place after waiting for years since the accident where a lady was killed by a falling tree. The main reason I waited so long is because much of habitat was removed. So, I figure the area has re-growth. The numbers...More

Thank 427BeatleBob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many butterflies, maybe too late in day. All in one area. Docent was knowledgeable. Informative signs posted throughout walkway.

Thank dene64
Reviewed 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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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