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Dennis the Menace Park

This famous Monterey playground is located in the El Estero Park. First opened in 1956, the park has undergone various renovations with the most recent in 2005. Named after the comic character by Hank Ketchum, the park features a toddler area and larger slides and structures meant for older children. A maze with a lookout tower, climbing wall, suspension bridge and statue of Dennis himself, this park is full of fun for kids of all ages.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey County Youth Museum

At this hands-on museum, your kids will never be scolded or reminded not to touch anything,as the Monterey County Youth Museum was designed to encourage hands-on discovery. Children can come in and explore the many exhibits including Creation Station, The Grill, and other exhibits which allow the kids to dress up, become a chef, run their own business, or get a geography lesson. This is a great place for the entire family.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Selfieville

3D Lightshows, a fantasy garden, unicorns, under the sea, candy-land themed rooms and lots more in store at Selfieville in Monterey. Enter this magical land of fantasies and you are sure to lose track of time. This one of a kind interactive display museum at Monterey offers visitors larger than life display sculptures to pose with and take those insta-worthy clicks. Say cheese!

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey Museum of Art

This museum is actually located in two different places, not too far from one another and in the oldest neighborhood of Monterey. At its primary location in an old adobe, the museum recently exhibited works in Chinese ceramics and textiles, paintings of Monterey 1910-1950, and bronzes by Charles Russell. The other location in the Civic Center (corner of Via Mirada and Fremont Street) has exhibited charcoal drawings by Tobin Keller, masks from Mexico and archaic vessels from Asia. This is one small town museum worth visiting.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Colton Inn

This unassuming establishment is located in one of Monterey's quieter neighborhoods, making it a relaxing place to stay. The bright and airy rooms come with all the standard perks of hotels in the area: complimentary bathrobes, a patio, and in some cases, a fireplace. There is even a deck where you can catch a few rays. Or you can use the grill area for a barbecue if you wish. There are even private sauna rooms. The service is first-rate.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Old Fisherman's Wharf

With many excellent restaurants, guided tours, and interesting shops, this landmark has something for everybody. Whether you wish to dine on incredible seafood, go for a whale-watching tour, look at historical artifacts, or purchase exotic candy, you can do it here. Some of the best eateries in all of Monterey are found here. It can also be a great place to buy freshly caught fish or just walk around and look at all the pelicans lingering about. Various special events are held throughout the year. Credit card acceptance varies by store. See website for more information.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Thinker Toys

This toy shop has catered to discerning shoppers for more than 30 years. With quality games, instruments, robot kits, clothing, furniture, educational materials, train sets, and much, much more from which to choose, it boasts a remarkable selection. The place is committed to friendly service and will special order an item or product they may not carry. A long-standing favorite of locals, find unique toys and more at Thinker Toys.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Lone Oak Lodge

This cozy and moderately priced hotel has rooms suitable for anyone. It has recently been renovated with decor spruced up by brightly colored drapes and bed sheets. Suites come with a fireplace and indoor hot tub. Voted Monterey Peninsula Travel Planner's Best Value, and a favorite of tourists', it is conveniently close to all the sights in Monterey. With the friendly service on your side, you cannot go wrong.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey Mirror Maze

This Cannery Row family entertainment complex is great for all ages. Find yourself getting lost in this psychedelic mirror maze, complete with heart thumbing music and high-tech lighting. With infinite reflections of yourself, this maze is nothing short of a true challenge. Whether with family, friends, or a significant other, you'll find navigating the twists and turns, an exciting bonding experience unlike any other.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is one of the best designed aquariums going. A unique feature is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which swim sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays (oddly velvet-like). The jellyfish display shows that they are like something from another planet.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey Bay Scenic Tours

Tour Monterey Peninsula by bus and get a full multimedia video accompaniment to all the places you see outside. The tour takes you to all the sights in the area, including Pebble Beach and the Lone Pine. The tour is about three hours long, and you get a free 72-page full color booklet to take home at the end. Even better, the tour comes in eight different languages including English, German, and Japanese. It is the only multilingual tour in the entire area. Tours depart at the Doubletree Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf. Call for group rates.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Chatter Baux Children's Shoppe

This second hand children's shop is a favorite among Pacific Grove. Everyone knows, children grow like weeds, so their wardrobes need a constant update. So bring those high water pants in for consignment and pick up quality, gently used clothing to replace last years, now ill-fitting pants. The first week of the month Chatter Baux Children's Shoppe offers their special dollar days with 90-day inventory just one dollar!

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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