Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

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#2 of 17 in Wildlife in San Luis Obispo County
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Pismo Beach holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Monarch Butterfly Grove and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It was amazing to see all the butterflies, the signs explaining everything were great also. Easy to park and free. 
    It was amazing to see all the butterflies, the signs explaining everything were great also. Easy to park and free.  more »
  • Nice flat paths to walk. Safe for young children. Best to visit November December for the butterflies. Docent explain the butterflies etc. 
    Nice flat paths to walk. Safe for young children. Best to visit November December for the butterflies. Docent explain the butterflies etc.  more »
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  • We had an excellent time walking the path at the Monarch Butterfly Grove. Unfortunately, there were not any Monarch Butterfly 🦋 at the Grove when we went because it is not migration season. The eucalyptus trees we're looking beautiful though and getting ready for the monarchs to come in October. We took the side path to the beach, Pismo Beach to be exact. It was a nice secluded path not many people on it it had a little back access to the beach that was very secluded and nice to be able to have a little slice of the beach all by ourselves. My service dog Lucy the beautiful Johnson type American Bulldog 🐕 had a wonderful time running and playing in the sand. It was the first time she had ever been to the beach and she absolutely loved it. Temperature was excellent beautiful sunny skies mid-70's temperature 👍💕🐕🦋🐶
  • Beautiful park! Very clean and well maintained. The eucalyptus trees made the air smell wonderful. In one area the trees were full of butterfly clusters and butterflies in flight. There were quite a few, even though we visited late in the season. Such a pleasant experience.. from the little gift shop to the photographers and visitors from all over. We will definitely visit again but earlier in the Monarchs migration to see them at their peak.

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