Posted By Visit Mesa Team
July 05, 2016
Top 10: Things to Do in Mesa
Mesa is the ultimate desert playground for incredible, sought-after outdoor adventure.
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. Plan for an inspired Arizona getaway on the region’s canyon-carved waterways and endless trails. As the third largest city in Arizona, this modern-day desert urban retreat offers fun for everyone from foodies to adventure seekers!
- Fresh Foodie Trail: Experience charm and manicured landscapes as you head south and east on a quest for the freshest local flavors one can find. Tour a working olive mill, pick some veggies or get a taste of farm life – both modern and heritage. Foodie experiences and a linked route of farm attractions make this a tour for the taste buds.
- Mesa Arts Center: Arizona's largest arts center is a stunning facility in the heart of Downtown Mesa that offers live entertainment, performances, world-class visual art exhibitions and arts education classes. Their newest interactive exhibit, Mesa Musical Shadows, invites guests to create music with their shadows!
- Water, Water Everywhere: Arizona may be known for its desert landscapes but there is no shortage of waterways to explore when visiting Mesa. Here, three lakes and two rivers allow for desert boating, fishing, rafting, paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing – and tubing, Arizona’s floating picnic.
Rockin’ R Ranch: Western heritage is alive and well at Rockin' R Ranch, an ode to the pioneer days and ranch life where visitors can dine on Dutch oven-baked goods and enjoy good ol’ Western entertainment.Closed
- Downtown Mesa Art Walk: On Downtown Mesa’s many side streets, visitors can explore a modern twist of Mesa’s history with nearly a dozen unique murals painted by up-and-coming local artists of all disciplines. Be sure to look for nearly 40 public art sculptures along Main Street, all part of the city’s permanent art collection.
- The Apache Trail: Follow the footsteps of Native Americans and hopeful prospectors from the 1880s along miles of spectacular Superstition Wilderness. Tour the popular Goldfield Ghost Town and soak up history at Superstition Mountain Museum. Other stops on the trail include an authentic old west stagecoach stop and the famous Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake. The scenic byway captures the true essence of Arizona.
- Usery Mountain Regional Park Nature Center: Rangers guide visitors into the discovery of Arizona’s unique Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Desert critters and crawlers are also on display. Stop in to get your guide to the 30 miles of trails in nature’s wonderland.
- Award-Winning Golf: Mesa shines as one of the state’s premier golf destinations and is home to more than 40 golf courses featuring breathtaking views of sweeping vistas set against beautiful mountains and blue skies.
- Shopping & Spas: Relax and unwind with a refined collection of day spas and fun shopping experiences throughout the city. With boutiques in Downtown Mesa and upscale shops at Dana Park Village Square, there’s something for everyone.
- Organ Stop Pizza: This Mesa staple is home of the world’s largest theater organ and serves up great food and entertainment. The Wurlitzer Organ, built in 1927, towers above the large group dining room providing restaurant goers with an over-the-top dining experience. Kids will love requesting their favorite songs at this musical restaurant. Don’t forget their hand-packed ice cream for dessert!
We’d love to see which of these top ten spots you hit on your trip to City Limitless®– it’s worth it to make time for them all! Be sure to share what you experience using #MesaCityLimitless on social media.