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Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach
(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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  • The monarch butterfly trail was really great. The trail has easy access and is very educational. They have telescopes set up so you can look into the trees and see them very clear. They have people th...  more »
  • The first day we stopped here, it was cold and foggy -- not good for butterflies. You could see them through the telescopes, just hanging in the trees. The next day, the sun came out (although it was ...  more »
  • If you go, go from November through February and on a day where the temperature is 70 or higher. The tens of thousands of monarch butterflies fluttering around you and clustering in the cypress and eu...  more »
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  • Wonderful display of nature wisdom and cleverness. The butterflies endure a monumental migration and can be found in this lovely place on Pismo beach, easily accessible from the road. Bring binoculars or dslr cameras if you visit early morning, because the knowledgeable staff won't be there to assist you before 10 am. Once they're there, you can fully enjoy the experience, with classes and tours. Try to stay until the sun has warmed up the surroundings, the butterflies won't start soaring until the thermometer hits 55F.
  • This amazingly small Eucalyptus grove shelters ten thousand of endangered Monarch Butterflies during the winter months. The mild climate allows huge clusters to butterflies to hang high up in the trees. On a warm sunny day you might catch them all up in the air for their magical air ballet, one of nature's wonders of life you should not miss. The grove is easy to access right off Highway 1.
  • Such a beautiful place! I have visited couple times throughout the year. They have person explaining about monarch butterfly and also they have free binoculars set up for you to have closer look at the butterflies on the trees. You need to find street parking and need to carefully cross the street but I really enjoy this place :)
  • Love this place. Great place for the kids. Be sure to check the guides online to choose a time when the butterflies are at their peak.
  • Beautiful place to walk around and take some pictures, there is little pathways that lead to different places around there and some go to the beach. Theres restrooms, rv parking on one side where a trail leads to, really nice place to go see for yourself the west coast has to offer.