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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
+1 805-773-5301
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Free, Fun, Educational

Party on the side of the Pacific Coast v Highway then walk across the road to the Butterfly Grove... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
via mobile
Magic And Monarchs At The Beach

this trip to see the Monarchs overwintering was on my bucket list and we finally did it. waaaaay... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
+1 805-773-5301
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Party on the side of the Pacific Coast v Highway then walk across the road to the Butterfly Grove. Docents available to answer questions. Free activity, worth stopping. Can be 10 to 30 minutes depending on your interest.

Thank joeworf
Reviewed 5 days ago

this trip to see the Monarchs overwintering was on my bucket list and we finally did it. waaaaay worth it if you love the Monarchs. we visited both Friday 1/12 and Saturday 1/13, Friday we almost had the place to ourselves, which is dreamy if...More

Thank WelshWitch33
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, the number of Monarch butterflies is lower and lower each year with only about 12,000 this year. It is still amazing to learn about their migration. The fact that these butterflies will leave and it will be three generations before the next one flies...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you come at 10 am during this butterfly season, they have telescopes set up to see clusters of monarch butterflies. One day they had a volunteer that answered questions abd was very informed. Great visit!

Thank SuzScreen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove past the grove a number of times and saw very little. Didn't understand the crowds till we stopped. Plentiful guides and viewing scopes to make this an unexpected treat. What a fantastic excursion.

Thank Kris J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I went here to view the butterflies.... (monarch) only about 10 to 12 thousand this year. Had no idea that monarchs are so very busy. The area is nice, tree lined but, parking is ""not" good..... along Pch.... While we were there.......More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small area with a large number of over-wintering butterflies. Very unique type of butterfly. Yes they are Monarch's, but they have a unique ability that other Monarch's don't. Definitely listen to the docents. This place could be disappearing soon. Don't wait too long. Seasonal...More

Thank Babydoll5180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered this while looking for attractions on a day trip from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. There were thousands of monarchs on the scene, and two docents made the visit worthwhile by explaining the site and the history of the monarch butterflies there....More

Thank NewNorthwesterner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, the preserve is very small. Not that many butterflies. We listened to the talk, which was interesting. If you want to see tens of thousands more butterflies, then go to the Ellwood Preserve in Goleta. That place is overwhelming, but you need to go...More

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Winter home for monarch butterflies...take a few minutes, look through the binoculars and ponder the mysteries of our world! This was a very cool thing to see and if you have binoculars, that would be beneficial!

Thank Sandy M
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4 January 2018|
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Response from Barb C | Reviewed this property |
No fee, parking is also allowed by the side of the road
20 December 2017|
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Response from WestsideChuck | Reviewed this property |
Butterflies are less active when’s it’s cooler. I would wait until it warms up a bit so you can see them flying.
14 December 2017|
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Response from SurFun5389 | Reviewed this property |
Any day is good