Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

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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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  • Beautiful calming experience with nature! Thousands of butterflys flying around you and hanging from the Eucalyptus trees.  more »
  • This is a fun and interesting stop. You can walk over to the beach through the state beach from here also. Great for kids.  more »
  • So beautiful, calming, amazing! Nature at it's finest and so glad to be able to observe with minimal disturbance.  more »
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  • A wonderful stop in an eucalyptus grove where thousands of monarch butterflies nest. This is an easy stroll. There are docents to answer all your questions. It is beautiful. There is free parking. the Monarch butterfly Grove is FREE. What an amazing joy! During daytime and good weather there are telescopes to see the clusters of gold, rust and brown flutter around. You must stop here.
  • It was so amazing! To see so many in one spot, one bunch! Beautiful gifts with proceeds going to the sanctuary. A must see. Not sure if there are always butterflies there, but fantastic if they are. And it's free!
  • The area is beautiful with trails that circle the eucalyptus trees with nesting butterflies. It can be difficult to find parking and crossing the street, even more so. My last visit was mid-March and butterflies were still flitting about and landing on the trees or grass in the fenced-off conservation area. The trails are dirt and seem to lead to a nearby park. There are benches (about four) so sitting and watching on a nice day is fun!
  • Excellent spot for kids and adults. Make sure to visit the talks for a very informative session during the Monarch Wintering season. This is a no cost adventure, parking is also free but alongside a fairly busy roadway - drivers are fairly courteous. Portable restrooms are also available. Make sure to have a look using the telescopes, you will have to be patient.
  • I gave this 3 stars mostly because it is a very quick visit. Seeing the butterflies is fantastic and I would recommend viewing them with some type of zoom lens. They had a couple telescopes there, but they were shared by a lot of people. Parking is along a busy street, so drop kids or people in need off before parking. Both parking and viewing is free. Their are also tour times posted. I am not sure if there is a charge for tours. This was a nice 15 to 20 minute visit.
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