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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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Great walking area

Even though there weren’t a ton of monarchs flying (although we did see a good number), it’s a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Louisville, tn
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Very Interesting!

We were there early in November so there were less than 1000 butterflies there but the volunteers... read more

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Apple Valley, California
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State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 April 2012

The grove of trees that the Monarch's frequent is just a few yards south of the entrance to the Pismo North Beach campground on Highway 1. The butterflies are in the trees from November thru Feburary. The butterflies on a warm day are flting everywhere,...More

9  Thank melsdad2002
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Except for a few parking spots off the street you have to park on the shoulder of Highway 1 and cross the street to get to the Grove. There are no crosswalks designated and there is a curve just N. of the Grove that makes...More

8  Thank Arthur M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Even though there weren’t a ton of monarchs flying (although we did see a good number), it’s a great area to walk. Nice paths leading to the beach. Friendly people. Loved the smell of the eucalyptus and the flowering plants along the way. There was...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a little too early in the season to see a lot of butterfly’s. And it was late in the day so the ones there had already landed in a tree for the night. While we saw about 100 butterflies, they looked like leaves...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there early in November so there were less than 1000 butterflies there but the volunteers have telescopes set up for viewing and they are amazing!

1  Thank deeann55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there in July, walked the grove but didn't see any butterflies. Hope to go back when they return.

Thank sharon c
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the area for a few days so we figured why not? Let's go see the butterflies. While it was still early for the massive group we did get to see some Monarchs fluttering around and clustered in the trees. Here's where this...More

3  Thank allyjj2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area and thought we might see the monarchs so we headed the. There's plenty of parking among the road but just be careful if you have to cross the street. The entrance is well posted with trees all over the place....More

1  Thank MauiTraveller50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the grove at the start of the season so we weren't expecting much. However, there were lots of Monarchs there already and it was amazing to see them. It'll only get better as thousands more migrate to the grove soon.

2  Thank 1Coaster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit family friendly and fairly accessible we have to park on the side of the road but the Grove itself is pretty easy to navigate and you can see some wonderful monarch butterflies I'm a geek for that kind of stuff....More

Thank 653cliffk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the years I have spent time in Pismo Beach, I had no idea that the Butterfly Grove existed. We visited mid October there were some Monarchs that arrived early. I am hooked I have to go back mid Butterfly season. (Nov-Feb) This is a...More

1  Thank snookiet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place and great for families! Go during the months of October to December to get the best experience and you will be able to see an abundance of butterflies!!!

Thank Sharon D
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11 November 2018|
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Response from deeann55 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the docent talk at 11:00. The butterflies move around more when it’s warm. The clusters were in the cooler spots as it was a warm day. If it’s a cooler day they’ll move and cluster in a warmer spot.
21 August 2018|
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Response from Mccaf | Reviewed this property |
I believe this is the very beginning of the over-winter season for the migration. There is a Q&A in trip advisor on this subject.
31 July 2018|
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Response from Diane D | Reviewed this property |
Most likely not many if any but it might be worth a driveby since the area is beautiful.