Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey

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#4 of 12 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. 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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  • What an Iconic show Dennis the Menace,very glad there is themed park about him.My kids loved it,lots for them to do and you can buzz around while they have time of their lifes.  more »
  • Love to spend some time there with my kids, the park offers a variety of challenges that keep them busy for hours, and let them burn energy to keep enjoying Monterrey!!!  more »
  • My toddler and 3 year old love this place. The park has several different areas for children to play within their age level. I enjoy the proximity of the areas to each other so that I supervise both w...  more »
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  • Awesome and fun for children. It has a snack bar as well which sells nachos, burgers, fries, and flavored crushed ice in cups and more. The flavors of the ice in a cup vary from grape to rainbow. They also serve popcorn and a variety of chips and candy. All super delicious. However, the famous train which children were so fond of climbing on was unfortunately shut down for saftey reasons, and now just sits there for show. The largest slide and overlooking bridge of the whole park are also temporarily shut down for construction. There are still many options and jungle gyms and slides and swings to choose from, as well as a large rope bridge and a rock climbing playground. Great place to visit and would totally suggest going!
  • Oh my goodness what can I say about this place, other than it's one of my favorite parks ever. I went as a kid and was able to actually climb all over the train Now it is fenced off, but definitely a cool piece to look at. My kids love playing on all the same things I did as a kid. With a few new attraction. Such a special place and I recommend everyone to tale their kid's and enjoy
  • Lots of fun, we stop just for 30 min as I promise to my girls. They had a lot of fun and shared they wish we had a park like that one around where we live. So if you have active children they would love it! They are finishing a new play structure that seem will be fun.
  • This park is amazing! We love to bring our daughter here to play (18 months old at the time of writing). There is a wide variety of toys and activities, so young and older children are easily entertained. The park is located near downtown Monterey and a short walk from the beach and Fisherman's Wharf. I highly recommend visiting this park, especially if you have young children.
  • Pretty park with ducks and geese. Centrally located with access from almost every direction. It smells bad near the northeast end. Sewer is leaking into the lake. You can see it at edge of water near walk path at northern part of lake almost to the furthest east. A tree is there. Wish the city would fix that...it smells terrible!
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