Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

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#2 of 9 in Wildlife in San Luis Obispo County
See thousands of Monarch butterflies in the limbs of the eucalyptus trees of Monarch Butterfly Grove. The colorful winged residents--about 25,000 of them--spend their winters here, when their northern habitat becomes too cold. Learn more about the butterflies from the knowledgeable volunteer guides offering daily talks. If the butterflies are still up north, you can still walk through the wooded grove and stroll down to the nearby beach. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Pismo Beach holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Monarch Butterfly Grove and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you want to see a lot of butterflies, you need to arrive on a cool day during their migration to this area. My last visit was at the end of October on a warm day. I did not see a lot of butterflies...  more »
  • Went here after seeing the story on BBC and it was worth it. It is just off the road, a nice grove of trees, about 1000 butterflies when we were there but the best bit was chatting to Gina about the b...  more »
  • I think it is still a little early to see the larger groups of monarch butterflies but there were several clumps in the eucalyptus trees. Several docents had binoculars set up to see the butterflies a...  more »
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  • Expected to see some butterflies in this month of May, but couldn't find a single one. It was a nice little walk, though, and I ended up seeing a caterpillar, so not wholly disappointed. I liked that we could find a spot to park across from it, and didn't have to pay to enter/park. I'll come again on a warmer day when I'm in the area to get better luck in seeing some butterflies, and make another review.
  • If you want to see something very pretty. You need to come here and look up at the eucalyptus trees. And see all the butterflies. When it's warm is the best time to come. They're very active then. I like laying on the bench and looking up at the butterflies flying by. It's very relaxing.
  • If you love butterflies or enjoy beautiful, natural sights, this place is great! Thousands of butterflies together during the winters. Very unique sight to experience and the butterfly talk by the volunteers was very interesting! Parking usually available along the side of the road.
  • Great place to take the kids! It was amazing to see all those butterflies.
  • An okay trail made great because of proximity to beach. Butterfly migration time is best time to go.

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