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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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Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies.

Very short walk from parking lot or street. Binocular on a pedestal gives a great up close look at the butterflies. Neat experience!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very short walk from parking lot or street. Binocular on a pedestal gives a great up close look at the butterflies. Neat experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the Monarch butterflies who wintering in this are and particularly at this location. This was the most accessible of all the sights and had the most Monarchs. Please take time to talk with the docents and park volunteers.they are very knowledgeable. Three things that you can do to help the monarchs is to plant milkweed, do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a very pleasant hour wandering around the sanctuary. It would be perfect area to sit on a bench and eating lunch. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable. The butterflies were a delight to watch.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in huge number of butterflies, photography, nature this is a must visit. If you are at right time you can visualize a bunch. Its definitely a treat to photographers, you will get great shots of Monarch flies and if you are lucky you will get some great shots of humming bird and others as well. Choose... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to visit during a morning break in a storm. Many of the Monarchs were perched trying to dry off and warm up. So many were at eye level drinking nectar. The clusters were fantastic. A real educational experience for my daughter. The various signs were informative. Excellent information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Serenity and Very quiet grove, off the main roads and hidden behind, the can't miss pink, Butterfly Grove Inn, Volunteers are on site to provide the all important answers to your questions, as you gaze up into the the various trees at the clusters of Monarch. Highly recommend you bring a camera with telephoto capability, to record the visit. Be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although I have been here twice before, there were never many butterflies. But last Sunday, the weather was sunny and warm and you could see butterflies nesting in the trees. There was a docent on hand with a telescope to help visitors. I think the secret is visiting at the right time of year and when it is warm. Butterflies... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Sanctuary on a nice sunny day and the monarchs were all over. Our grandson was fascinated with them as they were all over the place. Very peaceful.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Tucked away in a tiny urban park surrounded by homes are some trees and bushes. Here about 4000 monarchs were fluttering about on an early January day. These are west coast monarchs as the east coast ones go to Mexico. There are several places in California with these creatures. A short path winds across the park and there was a... More 

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Martinez, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

A little challenging to find, but very nice hidden treasure in the center of a neighborhood. Lovely self guided tour! Hanging butterflies a bit difficult to spot, so you may need to ask someone to point them out.

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