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Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey

4.6
#4 of 8 in Parks in Monterey
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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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  • Dennis the Menace Park is a well maintained, safe haven for playtime! Plenty of climbing and sliding available here! Fairly easy to keep an eye on the kids while they enjoy themselves.  more »
  • This park has everything you could want as a kid: slides, swings, suspension bridge, tunnels, climbing wall, and a maze. As a parent, it is free, fenced in, and has sand or soft rubbery material cover...  more »
  • Hank Ketcham, the cartoonist who wrote Dennis the Menace, lived on the Monterey Peninsula. He must have had some involvement when this park was set up, hence the name "Dennis the Menace Park." This pa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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