Mesa offers all the comforts of a city while also being close to outdoor adventure. There are six lakes and two rivers within 60 miles of Mesa that let you experience desert boating, swimming, fishing, sailing, and water skiing, or you can hop on a rubber raft and float leisurely along the cool waters of the Salt River. You can board the Dolly Steamboat, a "Mark Twain” replica of a sternwheeler paddleboat, and cruise Canyon Lake on a 90-minute adventure. You'll see breathtaking canyons and mountain vistas, towering Saguaro cacti and desert wildflowers, and maybe, if you look closely, you will see Bighorn Sheep on the mountain tops.
The mysterious Superstition Mountains just east of Mesa provide families the opportunity to explore adventures that will last a lifetime. Jeep tours, hiking treks, mountain biking, family camping trips, multi-day off-road excursions, horseback riding, hay wagon rides, and breakfast and dinner campfire cookouts will enhance your Mesa experience. You can visit prehistoric Indian ruins, pan for gold in the ghost town of Goldfield, tour one of 50 old mines, ride a Narrow Gauge Railroad, and visit Tortilla Flat, an old stagecoach stop with a population of six.
Families visiting Mesa are graced with the flavor of the desert Southwest. They can feel the spirit of our pioneer heritage or a lost Indian legacy, explore the history of aviation, awe at re-created dinosaurs, or get creative at one of the nation"s highest-rated children's art venues. The Arizona Museum of Natural History is one of the premiere museums in the southwestern United States. Dinosaur Mountain is the largest dinosaur exhibit west of the Mississippi River. The Arizona Museum for Youth is a child-oriented fine arts center featuring art exhibits and unique hands-on art activities. Authentic war planes of the World War II era are on display along with memorabilia at the Commemorative Air Force Museum. The Mesa Historical Museum features more than 4,000 collectibles, reminders of Mesa’s Wild West historical past.
Mesa is your place for a great cultural experience. Rockin’ R Ranch offers a spectacular western stage show of songs and humor about the old west. For more than a quarter-century, Barleen’s Arizona Opry features a stage show of comedy, close-knit harmonies, outstanding musicianship and family fun.
The Mesa Arts Center is the crown jewel of arts and entertainment in Arizona. All the arts and entertainment imaginable - international touring artists, current popular music acts, regional companies and Broadway shows - are in one magnificent location. The center is only in its second season, but will soon host its 500th performance.
Amazing Jake’s Food and Fun is an all-indoor park that offers an incredible array of attractions for all ages, including go-kart racing, laser tag, a rock climbing wall and electric cars. Golfland/SunSplash is the place for action-packed family entertainment both on land and in the water. There are three 18-hole miniature golf courses, 200 video games, “Little Indy” race cars, the Thunder Bay Wave Pool, and the Master Blaster Water Coaster.
Jeepers! features rides, a giant soft play area, and games, all designed for kids under age 12. Laser Quest is an incredible 21st century combination of tag and hide and seek with fun lurking around every corner. Enjoy pizza and sandwiches, and see the World’s Largest Wurlitzer theater organ in the 700-seat dining and entertainment center while visiting Organ Stop Pizza. Mesa enjoys the best in a variety of amenities, and spectacular sunsets are sure to follow your days of entertainment and enjoyment.