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“What a unique sight!”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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Owner description: 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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“What a unique sight!”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

How fortunate we were to pass through Monterey/Pacific Grove in late Oct to catch the Monarchs arriving for the winter. There were already a few hundred at the sanctuary and it was warm enough in the afternoon to heat them so they could fly. Hundreds still clung to the trees and many were also fluttering overhead - what an inspiring sight. Be sure to check the bottlebrush bushes near the back of the grove for a close up view, and also walk past the educational center (red buildings across the alley from the Monarch Grove Inn) to check the back of the eucalyptus grove where hundreds were sunning themselves on the south side of the grove.

Visited October 2013
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“Visiting Monarch Grove Santuary”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Beautiful walk, helpful docents and almost right in town, easy to walk and we did see Monarch flying, not as many as we hoped, but we were a little too early; Evidently, November is a better month. But it was lovely weather, we did see Monarchs out and about and a very pleasurable experience

Visited October 2013
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Depending on the time of year, you might find 10s of thousands of monarch butterflies clinging to a small grove of trees. The site is less than an acre and the butterflies can be difficult to spot if their wings are closed. Docents with scopes will show you what to look for and help you spot them. When you do it is enchanting.

Visited October 2013
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St. Helena, California
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“Butterfly Town.......Monarch Sanctuary”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

It can be difficult to find the Sanctuary, on a rough little road off Lighthouse drive, but it is worth the searching.......especially if you are lucky enough to visit during the 3-4 month span when the lovely butterfly's make their return to the eucalyptus grove in P.G. From Late October through February their numbers can be staggeringly huge, or as of recently, smaller than hoped for. It's a quiet little spot of color and beauty, and a good place to learn more about the amazing, spiritual Monarch Butterfly

Visited November 2012
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Gold River, California
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“Monarch butterflies”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We made our way to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary week while in Pacific Grove. We were a little disappointed with the turn out of the lack for butterflies. We did get several pictures of some of the Monarchs outside the Sanctuary...across the street on a red bottle bush.

Visited October 2013
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