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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. 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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TripAdvisor
  • The butterflies were not in the trees at this time of year but you can see the towering trees and path through them. We have been here in March when the butterflies are in the grove. It is amazing to ...  more »
  • The best time to see the butterflies is November to February, the rest of the time you are lucky to see a few. The grove of Eucalyptus is beautiful and peaceful, but if you want to see the butterflies...  more »
  • An amazing sight...a must stop at the Butterfly Grove! The Grove is off by itself, so it is very peaceful to just sit & see the amazing orange of the butterflies & hear & feel the gentle breezes.  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.
  • An okay trail made great because of proximity to beach. Butterfly migration time is best time to go.
  • The area where the butterflies are is small are but it is really nice be able to see so many butterflies. There are volunteers with telescopes to help you look...they are really helpful. And you can keep walking and get to the beach!