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Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • We took four little boys to see butterflies and there were not more than ten, but it is a nice place to visit with kids while in nearby Pismo Beach. The height of their migration would be amazing to s...  read more »
  • We visited this location a bit early so there were only a few Monarch butterflies flying around. I spoke with a local who told me the butterflies arrive in late October and that it's an awesome site. ...  read more »
  • Visited this a number of times but the butterflies are amazing in the way they become leaves on the trees. But they are only there from November to April. Parking is limited and there is a narrow path...  read more »
  • Gorgeous, shady trees grown in rich soil with a rich history. As the endangered Monarch becomes increasingly scarce, natural habitats for this creature are evermore important. PLUS there is parking that's far away from the loud beach crowds. Beach access is a decent walk away - I'd recommend it for grown-ups and their dogs, not so convenient if you've got kids and all their gear / chairs / coolers.
  • Absolutely amazing place, more butterflies than cam imagine. Great Koa campground right on the beach next door. Walk the dunes and beach too, you can still find sand dollars here. Tell them Margarita Mike sent you.
  • This small nature preserve dedicated to monarch butterflies is easily accessible from the street on one side and campground on the other. We missed the peak season but did see a few monarchs along with swallowtails, hummingbirds, and a few scurrying lizards. Interesting and educational signage is clear and easy to read. The eucalyptus trees smell great!
  • Check the calendar and website to come at the right time of year. This is real important. When you see the Butterflies clustering in the trees it is a sight to remember. The docents are so helpful, and the spotting scopes are so helpful. Bring you camera and binoculars and be ready for amazement., but only at the right time of year.
  • We came at the correct season and saw many monarchs around. The volunteers there were very helpful and enthusiastic, taking time to explain to the visitors. They had scopes up for viewing, and even taught us how to take photos through the scopes with our phones
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