Traveling with tots, tweens and teens is a cinch with so many family-focused attractions and hotels in Mesa, Arizona. Whether creating a work of art, panning for gold, or following in the footsteps of dinosaurs, Mesa offers an enriching experience for families vacationing this summer. The city has been recognized not once but twice as a "Playful City USA" by KaBoom!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to bringing play into children's lives. Such distinctions bode well for travelers seeking out unique and different ways to keep children entertained and engaged on vacation. In the summer months, Mesa attractions offer interaction both indoors and out at museums, play centers, parks, shopping centers and more. Whether your summer travel plans call out for an action-packed adventure, or more a laid-back affair, families have countless options to make memories in the Sonoran Desert.
MESA RIVERVIEW PARK WOWS CROWDS
The City of Mesa just unveiled Riverview Park, a brand-new, $8 million outdoor park and event venue. Two playgrounds featuring the latest hands-on play equipment including slides, spinners and swings allow for hours of play time for little ones. On the edge of the park, curious climbers can test their skills and scale a 300 ft. natural linear climbing wall complete with a covered fort. The biggest attraction here is the world's tallest rope climbing tower that stretches 50 feet into the air. A 75-foot zip line and oversized splash pad complete the park's playground amenities. Riverview Park's signature feature is the five-acre urban lake bordered by a pavilion for events with three bridges and numerous access points. The palm-tree lined walkway, called the Paseo by locals, leads visitors to and from the adjacent Mesa Riverview shopping complex and Cubs Park.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Kids soak up history as much as they soak up the sun, especially when there are dinosaurs involved! At Arizona Museum of Natural History families can venture through the Dinosaur Hall to see some of the biggest creatures to ever walk the Earth. Time your visit to include the Arizona flash flood experience that pours water down the three-story Dinosaur Mountain. Spend time in the Paleo Dig Pit and pan for gold in the Historic Courtyard. Kids love entering the cavernous Lost Dutchman Gold Mine and locking up mom and dad in the real territorial jail cells on display. After the visit, let your young ones run wild at Stratum Laser Tag in Mesa, the world's largest ‘techno-tainment' arena. Family bonding takes on a whole new meaning as you race through 15 levels of laser tag fun featuring 90 ramps, towers and bridges.
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