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 .
Dennis the Menace Park Reviews
I didn't have this on our schedule as my kids are a bit older - 10 & 12. However, it is right where everything else is and the kids wanted to have fun (and I wanted them to burn off some energy). They... more »
If you have a couple of hours and need a place for your kids to have fun, this is the place to go! This park has everything from a super long slide to a maze to a bridge to an awesome complex of climb... more »
Had a great time at this playground. The rock climbing wall posed a challenge to my 19-year old so I can confidently say this is great for all ages. Lots of play structures and places for adults to sit back and monitor their young ones.
One of the best parks. I use to take my children, now I take my Granddaughter. It is good for all ages, plenty to do to keep the children entertained and busy for hours. Paddle boating is available and there was also a snack shack, full bathrooms and drinking fountains.
Plan your trip to Monterey
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Monterey
Hidden gems in Monterey
Historic Sites in Monterey
Museums in Monterey
Plans to Dennis the Menace Park by other users
28 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Monterey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Monterey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 40 days in Monterey & Yosemite National Park BY A USER FROM DENMARK October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium