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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
Phone Number: +1 831-648-5716
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

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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Where are the Monarchs?

There were a few Monarchs fluttering around, but the news is that populations have declined. The sanctuary is free and a quiet walk on a weekday, signage is sparse in the park.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There were a few Monarchs fluttering around, but the news is that populations have declined. The sanctuary is free and a quiet walk on a weekday, signage is sparse in the park.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really neat place to visit. We first walked through about 9 am and the butterflies were inactive. We didn't see any flying around. We noticed that docents would be available between noon and three so we came back when it was just a bit warmer....and it made all the difference. They were fluttering all around the upper... More 

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were park docents(?) there that had monoculars to look through and give you a close up of the butterfly clusters. Hard to find using our GPS look for the sign on the west side of the road, park at the adult school and follow the path.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We could see them flying but none were near the ground so it was nice that the docent had set up a camera to focus on the clusters in the trees. She was extremely informative.

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Union City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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