Dennis the Menace Park, 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Dennis the Menace Park and other Monterey attractions using our handy Monterey holiday planning site .
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  • Nice park next to the water if you have some kids about 11 years or younger good place to come by and waste some time, maybe while you're waiting for a hotel room to get cleaned.. Its just before the ...  more »
  • We were visiting Monterey and saw the great reviews of this park so we had to stop. The kids loved it. We found parking with no problems and spent an hour there, the kids didn’t want to leave. It’s ni...  more »
  • We took our almost three year old grandson and had an absolute blast! So many options for fun at this park. It does need a little TLC but overall excellent. There is something for everyone!  more »
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  • It's a popular park for locals to bring their children. It's close to the eateries, sports center, and waterfront so you could make a whole family day out if it. In addition, there's a concession stand for light refreshments. Parking can be tight on busy days which tend to be the holidays. But you can park in the surrounding neighborhoods for a short walk if needed.
  • This park offers so much for all different ages. The ground covering includes an area of wood chips and also lots of sand. Three play structures offer climbing challenges and slides for different age groups. The suspension bridge near the front is fun for all, though the ramp to access it is narrow. Not open until 10am, even on weekends, and closed Tuesdays while school is in session.
  • Dennis the Menace park is an absolute child's dream it is not for the adult it's for the kid in you it was designed and based on the character of Dennis the Menace there are some things that are very you need to the area surrounded by ponds or paddle boats the other day for what is an option for your family if your plan on going there plan on spending some time there's a lot a lot to see and do and it's free parking is a little bit limited though they have a very small parking lot and sometimes there's events next to it there's a little league baseball field sometimes they have Day game so make sure you check before going there are no events. This is a must for any family with Children Under 12 that are visiting Monterey for the first time it is probably in my feeling just as important to this area as the Monterey Bay Aquarium it has a personality and character all of its own. Della lots of swings and jungle gym type of things that are a really neat tunnels and a lot of there's a lot of life to around the area Ducks birds and stuff it's a very close to the shore so the beach is very close it really encompasses the characters of the book. With unique to the park that you have never seen before attractions that the children could use there is no fee to go into Dennis the Menace at all there is a small snack bar in a McDonald's at a very close but you can bring lunch and stuff that places to sit down and picnic tables and it's a nice day
  • Sand below the structures. Has tunnels, a wiggly bridge, a big rock climbing wall, and at least 3 structures for different age levels. Also baby and big kid swings. I didn't get through the whole park but my bigger kids did. Restrooms are ok, hand dryer in the women's was old as dirt and about as effective. There's a parking lot. I think it said it is unavailable on Tuesdays during the school year, with directions to another park nearby.
  • Another mom recommended this great park. Only a mom knows what's best for their kids and other kids would enjoy too. A fun kids park near the lake. Beautiful view. The park is outdated. My daughter loved this park. I highly recommend to all the parents

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