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Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey

(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Cartoonist Hank Ketcham designed Dennis the Menace Park, which opened in 1956. Features include a 1924 locomotive steam engine, a maze made of small hedges, a rock tunnel, and a skateboard area. Kids can also play on swings, slides, climbing walls, and a bouncing bridge. Toddlers have their own fenced-in play area. Picnic at one of the few tables or near the duck pond under weeping willows, but watch for seagulls that might steal your food. The snack stand, which serves cold drinks, snacks, and grilled food, takes cash only. The parking lot fills up fast. By using our Monterey tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Dennis the Menace Park and other attractions in Monterey.
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  • Always a hit with kids, esp. those under 10. Well maintained equipment. The area is clean and attractive  more »
  • This is a well designed park for kids and very safe in its functionality. Nonetheless, the kids and the parents both appreciate it, probably for different reasons.  more »
  • When I have relatives that come to visit, and they have kids under the age of 7, this is a great place to bring them. It is small but lot's to do. It's like a big playground with swings, monkey bars, ...  more »
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  • One of the best parks I've ever seen anywhere. Our kids love it and they request to go at least weekly. It's a free public park. Very large, (if you have multiple kids it can be difficult to keep an eye on them) Fortunately there is only one entrance/exit so it's fairly secure. Completely fenced in so you don't have to worry about the pond surrounding it (unless your kids like to climb fences.)
  • BRING BACK THE TRAIN! It is fenced off, I am sure because of liability, but I am sure there is some way to make it safe. Otherwise great park. Lots of rang of equipent for the kiddos, and a very tasty Snack bar, with limited but flavorful items. DELICIOUS Cheeseburgers.
  • Wide open park with unique apparatus and attractions for kids to really have an adventure and use their imagination. It features a suspension bridge, maze, climbing wall, big and bold slides, and a roller slide. There is also a snack bar serving up popular treats like hot dogs, nachos, and snow cones. Oh yeah there's a giant train in the front and a paddle boat rental behind as well.
  • This place is not like I remember from when I was a kid. Safety regulations have destroyed adventure playgrounds. It's a normal park now, just big and with a few unique installations like the drawbridge and hedge maze. The train is still there but it's totally fenced off and it's forbidden to climb on it. I would probably have given more stars if I hadn't been so disappointed with how it has changed in 25 years. Only a couple of the original cartoon sculptures remain.
  • Large playground with various structure areas. Plenty of room for the hundreds of kids running around, sliding and climbing. Parking lot is small and usually full, which means parking across the street. Its a normal stop when we visit Monterey.