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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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  • We went to the park after a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was a great place to let the kids run around after having to be a little more reserved, and before the 3 hour drive home. It has fanta...  more »
  • This was our kids' favorite park. Climbing wall, many play structures, clean, bathrooms and snacks onsite -- what more could a family want? It's a great place to let them act like kids!  more »
  • Great for little kids. Go early it gets really crowed. Needs fresh paint looks aged. Fun play ground. Lots to climb, loved the rocking bridge. Free  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.