Pacific Grove, California: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Thousands of Monarch butterflies overwinter in this tiny public grove from November to March. Pacific Grove calls itself "Butterfly Town, U.S.A."

Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, CA
From Lighthouse Ave., turn south onto Ridge Rd at the signs for the Sanctuary and the Butterfly Grove Inn. Entrance is on the right, just past the Inn.
Butterfly season: Nov.-March. Best time of day: noon-3. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Every year thousands of Monarch butterflies overwinter in Pacific Grove. Arriving in October, the butterflies cluster on pine, cypress, and eucalyptus trees in the small Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Pacific Grove calls itself "Butterfly Town, U.S.A.," and the Sanctuary is cared for by volunteers.

Anyone found guilty of "molestation of butterflies" is fined $1,000.

[Clinton, 07/31/2017]

May 2019: Photo added.

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Beatles-'60s Rock Decor Ice Cream ParlorBeatles-'60s Rock Decor Ice Cream Parlor, Pacific Grove, CA - < 1 mi.
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