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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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Address: State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
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A very interesting bit of nature

We are fascinated by nature and enjoyed seeing the butterfly grove. Fascinating how those little insects can travel so far and find the same place year after year. Be sure and go... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are fascinated by nature and enjoyed seeing the butterfly grove. Fascinating how those little insects can travel so far and find the same place year after year. Be sure and go on a warmer day. They sleep in large bunches if it is very cold. Fun to see such large quantities of monarchs fluttering about. Worth taking some time... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came during peak season and was blown away at how many butterflies there were! Great idea for families. Quite small though, you can visit the entire grounds in 30 minutes.

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Pocatello, ID
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved this self guided walk through the butterfly grove, continue past it and the adjoining campground down to Pismo Beach. The butterflys did not disappoint. Took way too many photographs. Leave that to the professionals.

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Emeryville CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been to the Monarch Butterfly grove a number of times over the years. It is a must-visit place for me if I'm in Pismo Beach in the winter time, which is when I generally come here. Usually for a three or four day weekend between November and January. Even just going to see the butterflies is an amazing gift,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice quick half an hour excursion to see thousands of beautiful butterflies for free. Be sure to check out views from free telescopes they have set up From park can take a walk to beach. In addition by the park is a RV sales shop that you can walk through RVs which was also fun.

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cold and windy and the butterflies were hiding at the rear of the park near the creek. It's a worthwhile stop nonetheless, especially when ALL the butterflies are there.

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

very informative , butterflys were there just not in full color case it was cold. they were a lot of butterflys (monarchs) there was a group of butterflys grouped together . just not in there full beauty . beacuse of the season.

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This grove won't take you a long time to see - perhaps 15-20 minutes, but it's absolutely a much see in winter months when the Monarchs are migrating. It's a short walk through the grove, and most of the butterflies are concentrated to one area of trees. There are 2 or 3 telescopes on site where you can see the... More 

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San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a nice warmer day in December and saw lots of butterflies. Nice little place to appreciate nature.

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Sunnyvale, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there on a chilly December day with some friends. I expected the place will be inside a forest, but it is basically a small park right next to the road. There are a couple of trees with clusters of really pretty butterflies. Knowledgeable park rangers have a lot of info available. It is a decent spot to stop and... More 

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