Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey

4.6
#4 of 8 in Parks in Monterey
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Loved the park and it had LOADS to do for the kids. It had a wide variety of play structures for kids catering to all the different age groups.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Advertised in the Lonely Planet book as a 'Kick-A' park with lightening fast slides and towering climbing walls I was sorely disappointed. Yes, it is slightly better than an average play park but 'kic...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Lots of fun things to do in this park. A large steam train on entrance is a great photo opportunity. It is stationary so no rides! Good historical feature though. Refreshments stand offers cheap sweet...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Wow! What a fabulous park! Just the thing when the kids are tired of museums, boats, aquariums and adult sight-seeing... sometimes they just need to be able to run around! The park is HUGE and it also only has one way in/out so parents posted near the door can feel safe letting the kids run free.
  • June 27, 2017
    This is an amazing playground. My 3.5 year old son had a blast, but there is plenty for older and younger kids too. It's a huge park next to a baseball diamond.
  • May 28, 2017
    Best kid playground ...ever!!! Suspension bridge, tunnels, swings, multiple slide and play structures, and this very unique rolling slide (slow so not scary). Next to a beautiful pond that has paddle boats too.
  • March 31, 2017
    THE BEST PARK I'VE EVER BEEN TO!!! So many unique play areas and a really cool water fountain that looks like you're sticking your head in a lion's mouth. We almost didn't come here but I'm so glad we did. It was even more fun than the aquarium!
  • June 29, 2017
    This is an awesome playground for kids. There are lots of different activities the kids can do. But, this is a very popular place and there are a ton of people here.

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