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“butterfly heaven”

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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US$65.25*
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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We were here a little early so it was kind of chilly the butterflies weren't out much at first by the time we were leaving you could really start to see them, it was a pretty sight

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"beautiful butterflies"
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"dead leaves"
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"late october"
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"amazing sight"
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"answer questions"
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

WEnt out there on December 27th in the morning adn the monarches were very well hidden adn because it was very cool, very few butterflies were venturing out from their trees where they were hanging - finally saw several large clumps outside the reserve and if you were not looking ffor "dried brown leaves hanging upside down" you woudl have missed them. Glad we came.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

It's a pretty walk through the groves but I have had more butterflies in my own backyard than there.

Thank PupMom3
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PGMuseum, Interpretation at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

The monarchs are currently in the Sanctuary, we did a count just this morning (1/3/2014) and there are 9,500 monarchs residing there, and they will be there until about March 1. We're sorry you missed them. It's very difficult to see the butterflies, as they look just like brown dead leaves when they're not flying. We have volunteer docents at the Sanctuary daily from 12pm-3pm (as they are available) to help visitors see the butterflies, so we recommend going to the Sanctuary during those hours.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

The best time to visit is on a sunny winter day, when the butterflies are most active and most numerous. This is one of the rare places where you can see wild monarchs floating through the trees and gathered in large groups high among the branches. We loved the volunteer crew who were on site with spotting scopes and information to help us find and appreciate the butterflies all the more.

Thank LibbyTeal
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We went early in the season and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of butterflies! Beautiful place an a definite return trip will be in our future.

Thank Hope_Gunter
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