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Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 500+ 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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  • Plenty of challenging structures to climb, swing, slide and jump from. It has a maze, a wonderful climbing wall, 2 bridges and a few fun slides. It's good for kids older than 4. With toddlers, it's a ...  read more »
  • Initially, we were planning to take our kids to Monterey Bay Aquarium but at the last moment decided against it. For a two year old and three year old, we didn't think that the Aquarium would captivat...  read more »
  • The kids had so much fun! I love that there are different sized play structures so all of the kids have something to do. 
  • 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.
  • Very cool park for children & families. Convenient. Some off street parking. Age appropriate play stations. Water fountains, rest rooms.
  • The most fun public park I've been to. It's built in a way that encourages kids to explore. It's just the slightest bit dangerous in some areas where the paths are extra steep but the kids love that part. If the park were built by modern safety and accessibility standards it wouldn't be quite as amazing.
  • This park is still as fun as it was 20 yrs ago.. Clean areas for kids. Restrooms clean. And theres the famous snack shack
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