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Hiking in Lost Dutchman State Park
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Author: Visit Mesa Team

We can all agree that one of the best parts of going to a baseball game is chowing down on the ballpark food. Sloan park and Hohokam stadium are home to several yummy vendors and their own unique ambiances!   SLOAN PARK Food There is authentic Chicago flavor at Sloan Park where they are serving up some local favorites from Giordano’s deep-dish pizza to the one of a kind Vienna Beef Chicago Dog.  These fan favorites can be found at vendors throughout the stadium, such as A Taste of Chicago located right behind home plate.   If you are looking to eat a more gourmet meal

Hear ye, hear ye! Gather around! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is back in town!     The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast – all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure! This outdoor event combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what may have been found in a 16th Century European village market. When you walk through the gates at this festival, you will be transported back to a simpler, more jovial time. You’ll have the chance to

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

St. Patrick’s Day in Mesa 2018

May the luck of the Irish be with you when planning your annual St. Patrick's Day festivities!    Local Irish Pubs   The Harp Pub- Always serving up traditional Irish dishes this family owned pub transports you right to Ireland in order to celebrate the festivities!    R.T. O’Sullivan’s - With a party going all day and night - the O'Sullivan's will have lots of monster green draft beers, traditional Irish cuisine, bagpipers, Irish step dancers and a Irish fiddler duo. Don’t miss Dueling Pianos live from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m!  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Happy Trails to You

  Get outside, soak in the sunshine, and hit our trails by foot to experience the desert up close and personal. Mesa is surrounded by hiking trails for all ages with varying levels of difficulty and distances to choose from. Though Mesa boasts miles and miles of desert hiking trails, we’ve selected a few of our favorites for you.   All of the trails below are dog friendly. If you are looking for more dog friendly activities for your trip to Mesa, check out our blog here .   Kid Friendly - Merkle Trail This 0.9 mile loop trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park is perfect for

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity Art in Motion, featuring art cars and interactive art Saturday, Mar. 17 - Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018   This Art in Motion -themed event is FREE and presented by and at Mesa Arts Center over two days, Saturday, March 17, noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and will feature an exhibition of 16 art cars, multiple hot rods, lowriders and motorcycles, and interactive arts experiences for people of all ages. spark! celebrates the imaginative spark in all of us, by showcasing both local and visiting artists and performers and inviting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Water Wonderland in the Desert

Contrary to the portrayal in classic Western movies, there is more to our desert than cactus, dirt, and tumbleweeds. Mesa, Arizona is a gateway to the ultimate water recreation paradise consisting of three lakes and two rivers.  Go just outside of our city limits and you’ve made it to Tonto National Forest. It’s one of the many places in Arizona where the Sonoran Desert’s iconic Saguaro cactus grow and one of the few places left where the wild horses roam. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited "urban" forests in the

Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Beer Me!

Craft beer continues to grow in popularity, so much so that travelers will seek out a local brew while visiting new destinations. If you are exploring Mesa, you will want to make a stop and quench your thirst at these breweries.   Desert Eagle Brewing Company In the heart of Downtown Mesa, Desert Eagle Brewing Company was one of the city’s first owned and operated micro-breweries. IPA’s are all the rage these days, however you can find many more options on tap here. Enjoy a Dunkel, Wheat, Porter, and more while relaxing to live music or partaking in their open mic nights.

Monday, March 5, 2018 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

10 Tips for Desert Safety

Before you hit the trails 1. Always pack water. Avoid dehydration by drinking water often throughout your hike. A good rule of thumb is to pack one gallon of water for a full-day of desert exploring.   2. Dress appropriately. Desert temperatures can hit extreme highs and extreme lows in a 24-hour period. Wearing layers helps slow dehydration and limits your sun exposure. Always wear closed-toe shoes. Wearing a hat and sunglasses are also recommended.   3. Apply sunscreen – often. Even in the winter months, Arizona’s direct sunlight can cause severe burns.   4. Hike

Monday, February 26, 2018 5:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Top 5: Mesa for Adventure Seekers

Looking for adventure? City Limitless ® is ripe with opportunity for those seeking a little more than putting their putting skills to the test. Just last year, Money Magazine editors named the city the “ Best Place for Outdoor Lovers ,” calling attention to the thousands of acres of natural wonderland surrounding the urban oasis. Check out our five can’t-miss spots in City Limitless ® for adventurers like you!   Usery Mountain Regional Park Find your adventurous side and explore nature’s wonderland with more than 29 miles of trails for hiking, mountain

Spring Training is here! But that is not the only thing to do while you’re in Mesa, whether you are in town cheering on the Chicago Cubs, or rooting for the Oakland A’s, be sure to take some time to check out these local attractions:     Take a hike!  It is easy to fall in love with the Sonoran Desert scenery when you get out there and get active. Start trail blazing at these locations:       Lost Dutchman State Park   Wave Cave Via the Carney Springs Trailhead   Peralta Trail   Butcher Jones Trail