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Dennis the Menace Park

Set up a picnic on the tranquil shore of Lake El Estero and let the kids run free in this sandy playground.

Dennis the Menace Park is a fun playground area within the larger El Estero Park complex. On the shore of a picturesque lake, the colorful slides and climbing frames will keep kids busy for hours. Get your photo taken by friends beside the Dennis the Menace statue in the center of the park. It was stolen in 2006 and recovered in 2015.

Watch the kids swirl down the large slide in the main playground, which also has climbing nets and a zip line. Find your way through the elegant labyrinth that is made from hedges. The maze contains a lookout tower in its center with views of the lake and the rest of the playground.

Ascend the 9-foot (3-meter) climbing wall to conquer the world. Play sports on the lawn with your kids and their friends. Among the attractions is the steam engine, which has been in place since 1956.

Bring the younger children to the smaller toddler area, where they can play with other kids their age. It has a boat theme and consists of two charming slides.

The park provides a picturesque and serene setting in central Monterey. Lay down a blanket on the sand or grass and enjoy a picnic with a scenic backdrop of the lake. Stroll along the pleasant paths that run through the El Estero Park complex, which comprises 45 acres (18 hectares) of pretty grounds.

Learn the interesting history of the Dennis the Menace Park, which was partially funded by Hank Ketchum, the creator of its namesake comic strip. After opening in 1956, the park has undergone several renovations to reach its current modern state.

The playground, which is free to enter, opens daily from morning until sunset. It is closed on Tuesdays in winter.

Dennis the Menace Park is on the southern shore of the bend in Lake El Estero. Take a bus across the Pearl Street bridge to the peninsula on which the park lies. Visit nearby landmarks, such as the San Carlos Cemetery, the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo and the Monterey County Youth Museum.


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Lodging Near Dennis the Menace Park

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa $129
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

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    4.1
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    This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.

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    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

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      of 5, from 4,879 reviews
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      After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's Del Monte Golf Course, 6 blocks from the beach and 1 mile from downtown Monterey.

      Colton Inn $129
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        4.0
        of 5, from 1,618 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monterey Museum of Art, Fisherman's Wharf, and Maritime Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay $161
        Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

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          4.2
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          Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are a short walk away.

          The Monterey Hotel $118
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            3.9
            of 5, from 1,626 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Old Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.

            Stargazer Inn and Suites $58
            Stargazer Inn and Suites

            Stargazer Inn and Suites

            1046 Munras Ave, Monterey
               
              3.7
              of 5, from 1,250 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              This Monterey motel is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Fisherman's Wharf, 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Cannery Row, and 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Del Monte Shopping Center is 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) away.

              Hotel Abrego $151
              Hotel Abrego

              Hotel Abrego

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                4.3
                of 5, from 2,083 reviews
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                Offering friendly service and immaculate rooms, this hotel is 1 block from Historic Downtown Monterey, 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Conference Center, and 2 miles from the aquarium.

                Mariposa Inn & Suites $112
                Mariposa Inn & Suites

                Mariposa Inn & Suites

                1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey
                   
                  3.9
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                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the Menace Park. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Maritime Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).