Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Pacific Grove: Hours, Address, Monarch Grove Sanctuary Reviews: 4/5

Monarch Grove Sanctuary
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00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
About
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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1-2 hours
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bynner
Walnut Creek, CA571 contributions
Not many Monarchs
Nov 2020
Visited MGS on a Sunday 67 degrees. not many monarchs. Very nice place to visit. Very peaceful an free.
Written 17 November 2020
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Bart C
Foster City, CA481 contributions
Not the season
Oct 2020
Though we had read that the butterfly migration starts here in October, that was clearly not the case this year. Saw not one single monarch. Dry dusty trail through a tired grove.
Written 17 October 2020
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SpiritLilly
Georgetown, CA323 contributions
Sorry no Butterflies
Oct 2020
The Sanctuary is a beautiful place - however this year in 2020 there were no butterflies due to the smoke from the fires. Very sad. Still it is very educational and a nice short walk through.
Written 16 October 2020
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Robert D
Omaha, NE56 contributions
A walk with nature
Feb 2020
We rented a place about two miles away. It was a pleasant walk to the Sanctuary. Most the butterflies had left but the nice trails and the two bambi's were a treat. There was no charge to enter and at 10AM not crowded. Need to go earlier then late February to see any massive amount of Monarchs. Suggested to visit when over 55 degrees.
Written 6 March 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA114,875 contributions
Visit to the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Pacific Grove
Feb 2020
We saw only three monarch butterflies, but they were beautiful. We did enjoy walking in the area and reading the information signs about the monarch butterflies. We went in mid February. There is a sign in the area where it says which months are best for seeing more butterflies. Its also best to come between 12 and 3. There is some limited free parking nearby.
Written 19 February 2020
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TracyH566
Visalia, CA542 contributions
Stunning site when the monarchs are roosting
Sep 2019
Volunteer maintained park, walking trail through the tree grove. Good information posted for those that know little about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Can be done in less than an hour so enjoy!
Written 12 February 2020
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Dodger Dan
Pacific Grove, CA2 contributions
Sorry to say but this is disappointing
Feb 2020
I live in Pacific Grove. I would love to trumpet to visitors that this is a site worth seeing. It used to be. At one point the trees were literally covered with butterflies. There were as many butterflies as there were leaves but I'm sorry to say the butterfly population has decreased over 90 % recently to the point that Pacific Grove is no more special to butterflies than anyplace else.

Instead of searching for butterflies that aren't here any more, check out the elephant seals that often lie on the beach on Ocean Avenue west of the Aquarium (west of the American Tin Cannery Outlets and just west of the Hopkins Marine Center. Look for the chain link fence.) If the seals are there, people will be gathered by the fence adjacent to the street looking at the lazy seals.

Next, check out Lover's Point further West. It's a 20 minute walk along the coastal walkway which is flat. When you are almost to Lover's Point, The Grill of Lover's Point is a great place to have lunch (very good hamburgers) or a snack (soft serve ice cream covered in chocolate is my favorite).

The beach below is a "sneaky good" place for kids to enjoy the beach: no waves, skin divers walking into the water, etc. You can sit at a table above at the Grill and watch.

Finally, make sure you drive around the point on Ocean View Avenue. This is as good as 17 Mile Drive and is free. There are plenty of places to park and check out the beach. Who knows? You might even see a whale spouting. (look about 50 yards in front of the whale watching boats if you see them stopped in the water).

Have fun!
Written 11 February 2020
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oceanminion
38 contributions
Very small tree grove to walk through but neat when the butterfly's are there.
Jan 2020
Kind of a hidden spot and much smaller then I expected. didn't come at the right time so not very many butterfly's to see. Not a whole lot of parking.
Written 10 February 2020
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Brian R
Northridge, CA833 contributions
Hard to locate and hard to see the butterflies
Jan 2020
Was wandering around in Monterey in the morning and saw that there were Butterfly Trees in Pacific Grove. Off we went in search of them! Followed the signs and then the signs stopped! We roamed around and found the grove. For a place that promotes its butterflies, it was sure hard to find the grove! We went in and saw very few butterflies. Perhaps if we went later in the day we might have seen more!
Written 20 January 2020
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JohnD
Kirkland, WA5 contributions
I visited the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in early January
Jan 2020
The weather was cold and wet. I was cold and wet so where are the butterflies? No one had seen any but all had faith that they were there. The second day of my search came at the warmest part of the day and came not with color but with motion. There were a few individual butterflies flitting around the highest eucalyptus tree. With binoculars I saw the sunshine reflect yellow spots not on the trunk of the tree but on the leaves that clung to the tree. Yes, the Monarch butterflies were there.
Written 9 January 2020
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