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Monarch Butterfly Grove

#1 of 21 things to do in Pismo Beach Features Animals
State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
+1 805-773-5301
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Nice Grove

Very nice butterfly grove (when they are present). Nice walking trails nearby. Very limited... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nipomo, California
Beautiful local attraction...

The eucalyptus trees come alive with hundreds and hundreds of monarch butterflies that are just... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
+1 805-773-5301
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice butterfly grove (when they are present). Nice walking trails nearby. Very limited parking.

Thank Grognard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The eucalyptus trees come alive with hundreds and hundreds of monarch butterflies that are just beautiful!

1  Thank SLOFoodie398
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living by the Southern California Pacific coast, I have had the opportunity to see small colonies of overwintering Monarch butterflies. Nothing prepared me for the large numbers in Pismo Beach! We arrived early in the afternoon, just as the sun was breaking through the morning...More

1  Thank fewsl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Monarch butterflies winter here every year from November through February. It's magical to see them in these numbers as they cluster in the trees and flutter in the air. Bring the children and grandparents. It's free, doesn't take long, and is an easy walk....More

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The trail has a lot of poison ivy and the brush is a little scary. Once you leave that area the trail gets better with ducks and ocean view. Saw 3 butterflies. Bit of a disappointment. There is also an RV park near by.

Thank Romanticgal
Reviewed 10 July 2017

To be in the Grove when the Monarchs are migrating is almost like going to church. The amazing presence of thousands of butterflies, clumped together like bunches of dates hanging from a tree, causes people to whisper as if in a sacred place.

1  Thank missvicki
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This small grove of Eucalyptus trees in the winter home for 10's of thousands of Monarch Butterflies. They come from Thanksgiving to a little after Valentine Day. There is a a talk offered at 11 and 2 daily during the peak time. Parking is available...More

1  Thank KarenEph320
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to view thousands of monarch butterflies. The docents are wonderful. It's a very small grove and during peak times parking gets a bit crazy... but it's Pismo what's new. We usually go a couple times every season to view the...More

1  Thank Trav3l3r58
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a lovely walk through the eucalyptus grove - the path also leads to the beach. While it was not the season to see the butterflies there are baby ducks and their mothers and other coastal birds. Very peaceful!

1  Thank TerryofMB
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The butterflies were not in the trees at this time of year but you can see the towering trees and path through them. We have been here in March when the butterflies are in the grove. It is amazing to look up and see all...More

1  Thank 2TravelOn101
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25 July 2017|
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Response from KarenEph320 | Reviewed this property |
In August there will be nothing to see at the Monarch Butterfly Grove and it is roped off because many trees fell down this winter. But Avila Beach and the old Pier (Harford Pier) is really worth seeing! Lots of sea life... More
25 July 2017|
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Response from tammythetypist | Reviewed this property |
By the way we do NOT have poison ivy in California. Poison oak yes, but not at the Monarch Grove nor the beach.
2 February 2017|
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Response from photobug429 | Reviewed this property |
Look at their website which has the most up to date information. You need sun to see them and it seems to be better in the morning.