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My family with grandchildren aged 9 and 5, spent 3 days in Monterey. Dennis the Menace Park was one... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco, California
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Calling All Kids

My boys are adults now, but we spent hours upon hours in this playground and loved every minute... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Designed by the creator of Dennis the Menace, this park has all sorts of unique attractions.
Pearl Street and Camino El Estero, Monterey, CA
+1 831-646-3866
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My family with grandchildren aged 9 and 5, spent 3 days in Monterey. Dennis the Menace Park was one of the highlights for my grandsons! They loved the climbing structures! They happily played in the park for 2 hours while we adults watched them. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cherylyosh
Reviewed 2 days ago

My boys are adults now, but we spent hours upon hours in this playground and loved every minute. Climbing on structures, the bridge, slides, playing in the maze, the train. Snack bar on site.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would not travel to the area just for being there, but if you are in the area or on your way to somewhere and you have time, let the kids play. Very big and nice playground with easy access and free parking.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheManAndTheLegend
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Note the park is closed on Tuesdays and daily at dusk. Lots of different equipment for a range of ages. Safe padded surfaces and sand.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank zabeanerchicago
Reviewed November 26, 2018

We love coming here to let the kids run around! The park has been well taken care of and our kids love coming for a picnic.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mattfliestheworld
Reviewed November 25, 2018

Visited here while on holiday visiting family and our little 3 year old loved this park, but is suitable for all ages as it has a number of sections that will keep all children entertained.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ian R
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Fun! We had a good time. It is a bit hard to get to from the North, as you have to get around the baseball diamond.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Odyssey14724
Reviewed November 14, 2018

This park, just down the road from the usual tourist attractions will be the highlight of your kid's day. Tunnels, running and a crazy amount of slides near a lake. I have plenty of great memories here too. Though the slides of my day were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DaftLifeofAdulting
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I was surprised at the amenities that the park included, since it was completely free - not even a meter or anything in the parking lot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ljsolara
Reviewed October 26, 2018

The park has lots of different equipment for kids of all ages. We also really enjoyed walking around the lake and seeing the ducks. Unfortunately the paddle boats weren't available the day we went, but that looked like a lot of fun, too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tracy J
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October 29, 2015|
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Response from 2741Bodensee | Reviewed this property |
The park is free of charge.
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Dogs not allowed
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June 22, 2015|
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