Good fun for kids of all ages, Dennis the Menace Park is so named as it was deigned by Hank Ketchum, creator of the famously naughty comic strip character, who lived in nearby Pebble Beach. You can take your kids here to burn off some energy before visiting the more sober of Monterey’s attractions, and run around like a kid yourself – you won’t be the only one.
The park is choc-full of activities including climbing structures (separated by age group), speedy slides, swings, a maze, climbing wall and suspension bridge. There is even a statue of the Menace himself to pose for photographs with. Park equipment is well maintained; there are plenty of seating areas to take a breather and best of all it is free to enter.
The playground is part of the larger El Estero Park in downtown Monterey. Also in the 45-acre El Estero Park you will find paddleboat rides along El Estero Lake, a ball field, a skate park and snack bar.
Dennis the Menace Park is open every day from 10am until dusk. From September through May, however, it is closed on Tuesdays.