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Here’s an insider tip we’ll share just with you, and anyone else who reads this, Superstition Springs Mall in Mesa has the first and only two-story carousel in Arizona. That’s right, two-stories of counterclockwise fun where kids can pick from 24 different animals to ride including a sea dragon, elephant, triceratops or a gorilla.   Sweeten the ride with a chocolate milkshake from the Dairy Queen or a cookie from Paradise Bakery and Café in the nearby food court and climb to the second story of the carousel to get a bird’s eye view of all the great shopping

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:25 AM by Visit Mesa Team

7 Ways to Enjoy Saguaro Lake this Fall

We here at Visit Mesa like to remind ourselves of just how lucky we are to be located so close to Saguaro Lake. Named for the many beautiful saguaro cacti that surround it, the lake has more than 22 miles of shoreline and is 118 feet deep at its deepest point. What we love about the lake is that it offers so much to do. With the beautiful fall weather approaching we’ve put together a list of 7 ways to enjoy Saguaro Lake. Take a day trip, spend a weekend, however long you want to go, Saguaro Lake should be on your fall bucket list, and these are 7 reasons why. 1. The Desert Belle Tour

If you’re looking for a vacation that the whole family can enjoy, may we suggest checking out Mesa’s largest entertainment hub, Mesa Riverview. Sitting on the banks of the Salt River, Riverview offers fun for everyone.   Stay at Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa , one of the most loved kid-friendly hotels in Arizona. Smack in the midst of Mesa Riverview, the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa makes it an ideal stay for families looking for fun. Head over to Riverview Park, which features a 50-foot climbing tower, a 60 foot long caterpillar mesh rope climbing structure, and two playground areas.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 9:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Fall Fun for the Family at Schnepf’s

This may be the desert, but it doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a good ol’ fashioned fall festival! If you’re looking for a great way to kick-off the autumn season, the Schnepf Farm’s annual Pumpkin and Chili Party is just for you.   Running through the month of October, the Pumpkin and Chili Party has been voted “The Best Fall Family event in the Valley” by Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Sunset Magazine and others.    Amusement park rides, miniature golf and a petting zoo are guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained,

By Colette Zaborniak, MAC communications dept.   There’s something to be said for celebrating a decade. When you turn ten, it’s a big deal – you’re finally a double digit! And hey, being a single digit for 9 years can get pretty dull. So you can imagine Mesa Arts Center is pretty excited to be celebrating the tenth year at One East Main Street! Although there won’t be cake and presents, or Aunt Jill pinching your cheeks remarking on ‘how grown up you are’, there’s a lot more to celebrate at this year’s Season Kickoff Festival .  

Monday, August 31, 2015 8:30 AM by Visit Mesa Team

It's as Easy as Riding a Bike

Being named one of the top 10 cities for bicyclists by Forbes Magazine, Mesa is the perfect place to hit the trails (or the bike lanes)! You can bike 12 months of the year here in Mesa, so pick a place, strap on your helmet and start peddling! Mountain Bikers For avid mountain bikers, explore the Superstition Wilderness or ride along Power Road and the Lower Salt River into the Tonto National Forest. Enjoy Arizona’s great outdoors by bike! Another place to check out is Desert Trails Park. This 35-acre park has several

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:20 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Kids Edition: 3 More Miles of Mesa Fun

Valley Metro Light Rail Expansion to Connect Downtown Mesa The new 3.1 mile stretch of Valley Metro Light Rail service is now open in Mesa! The expansion connects more of Mesa's top kid attractions for young visitors to experience the local Mesa flair. If you've got a little one who's eager to ride the rails, here's a day on the trail perfect for kids. 9:30 a.m.: Ditch your car at the Sycamore/Main Street Park ‘n Ride lot and hop on an east-bound light rail train. Trains arrive every 12 minutes to keeps your day moving along and the kids excited to ride the train. 10

Saturday, August 22, 2015 8:02 AM

3 More Miles of Mesa Fun!

Valley Metro Light Rail Expansion to Connect Downtown Mesa Valley Metro’s new 3.1 mile stretch of service running through Mesa’s downtown district is now open! The expansion connects more Mesa attractions for visitors to experience shops, restaurants and activities that feature a local Mesa flair. Visit Mesa has put together this day trip itinerary to help you experience all our favorite destinations on the new light rail line.  8 a.m.: Ditch your car at the Sycamore/Main Street Park ‘n Ride lot and hop on an east-bound light rail train. Trains arrive every 12 minutes to

The day of watermelon, corn on the cob, BBQs, picnics, friends, family and fireworks is here. Come celebrate America’s Independence Day with Mesa at the annual Arizona Celebration of Freedom event. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a car show, musical performances, food and fireworks! This annual Fourth of July celebration takes place at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre Saturday, July 4 from 6 - 10:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free, although there may be a fee for some of the activities within the event. Enjoy and All-American dinner including watermelon, hot

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:20 AM

Family-Friendly Summer Stay

In the Southwest, the summer season means longer days to fill with Arizona adventures. Visit Mesa has put the city on sale to help make summer vacations a reality for more families who want to dive in and cool off in sunshine-filled Arizona. Whether you are looking to relax by the pool, take your swing on the golf course or enjoy Mesa’s renowned collection of museums, saving on your hotel stay is a sure way to get the most out of summer. Right now, guests that book at Residence Inn by Marriott can save 20% when they book online here . Additional discounts are offered for advance