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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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If you’ve never been, this is a must do!

If you are visiting Pismo Beach in the winter, you have to make time for this quick stop. It’s... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shell Beach, California
pleasant hike

We missed the butterfly migration, but we still found this to be a worthwhile hike. After a short... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting Pismo Beach in the winter, you have to make time for this quick stop. It’s right off highway 1 where Pismo Beach becomes Grover Beach. You can miss it if you aren’t paying attention. You should see cars parked on the...More

7  Thank shellbeachjt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We missed the butterfly migration, but we still found this to be a worthwhile hike. After a short stroll through a wooded area, you find yourself on the beach. Great for picnic, family photos.

2  Thank Cassidy144
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Yes, I know it's summer and the butterflies have flown the coop, but it's still a beautiful stand of eucalyptus trees and immediately adjacent to a nice campground. The campground is a dry camp so just tents and no water hookup. But, it does have...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Will come back when the butterflies are here. Pleasant area, short walk. Access to a walk/bike trail.

1  Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed July 9, 2018

It's great to learn about these amazing creatures and also, unfortunately, learn how the environment and development have contributed to the lessening numbers year by year. Volunteer docents are there from 10am-4pm daily November to February if it's not raining. There's also a gift trailer...More

1  Thank 650to805in2013
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Stopped by after lunch with the kids. They had a great time running around, looking at the greenery and butterflies. A must stop, if only to stretch your legs out!

Thank faby99
Reviewed June 26, 2018

The best time to see the butterflies is between November and February. They start migrating down in November and start leaving in late January, February. Not a lot of butterflies in May but the docents at the grove are very helpful and have a lot...More

3  Thank Cyndi C
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Great for stroller walking. We had a 2 and 3 year old. They were able to walk around and see the butterflies. The trail connected to the beach and park area. It was hard to push the stroller in that area but it was beautiful.

Thank Danielle S
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Every year the monarch Butterflies migrate and stop at this grove. Jan. And Feb. are best months to see the most butterflies here. Amazing how many thousands you might see. They have volunteers on site explaining the life of Monachs and highly magnified lenses pointed...More

2  Thank Pam Q
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

this place is incredible. a little peaceful garden. the butterflies are somewhat seasonal. the true gem is following the path out the back. it leads to super soft sand dunes with amazing horizontal limb trees. like you might see in island movies. the kids climbed...More

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August 20, 2018|
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Response from MTtraveler2018 | Reviewed this property |
Nov 1-4 is a bit early. I was in Goleta, CA last year during the first week of November and we saw a few Monarchs, but very few. A month later, there were thousands of Monarchs at Pismo Beach :)
July 31, 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.
Chris H
June 17, 2018|
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Response from MTtraveler2018 | Reviewed this property |
Late October into February...but we were advised that the height of the migration is late November and early December. BTW - my star rating of "1" is supposed to be a "5". In fact, if there were a number higher than 5, I... More