Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

4.5
#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. Take a look at our Pismo Beach vacation planner to schedule your visit to Monarch Butterfly Grove and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • July 26, 2017
    The eucalyptus trees come alive with hundreds and hundreds of monarch butterflies that are just beautiful!  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    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 arr...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    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 gra...  more »
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  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • January 30, 2017
    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.
  • March 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    Great place to take the kids! It was amazing to see all those butterflies.
  • May 26, 2017
    An okay trail made great because of proximity to beach. Butterfly migration time is best time to go.

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