Top 10 Ways to Cool Off in Mesa this Summer | Visit Mesa

Posted By Visit Mesa Team
May 15, 2019

Top 10 Ways to Cool Off in Mesa this Summer

It's no secret... Summertime in Arizona can be HOT! What you may not know is that you can still cool off and enjoy these warmer months in #CityLimitless.

There is so much to explore during your summer vacation in and around Mesa!

Here is our TOP 10 list of ways to cool off this summer...

water sports kids

1. Go Paddleboarding on Saguaro Lake

No Snow SUP and Desert Paddleboards make stand-up paddleboarding so much fun for beginners and avid paddlers alike! Offering rentals and guided tours, there is no better way to spend your next #VisitMesaLakeDay.


2. Visit the Splash Pads in City Limitless

Conveniently located all over the city and surrounding areas, the local splash pads are fun for the whole family! Cool off at Desert Paddleboards and Pioneer Park in Central Mesa, the Eastmark Splash Pad near Gateway Airport, or at Founders Park in Queen Creek!. Splash pads are the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather with your little ones.

founders park splash pad

3. Surf the FlowRider at the Rhodes Aquatic Complex

Ride the Thunder...Surf the Desert! People of all ages can catch a wave at the FlowRider, and yes - they give lessons! You can stay cool and live out your gnarly surf dreams right here in Mesa all summer long.

FlowRider at Rhodes Aquatic Complex Water Recreation

4. Kayak on Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake's spectacular scenery will make your visit one you'll never forget! There is no better place to launch your kayaks for a day on the water. Check out RedLine Rentals and Sales or Riverbound Sports Paddle Company for rentals and guided tours.

Kayaking Couple on Canyon Lake Water Recreation Crowdriff

Photo Credit: @janellegreco

5. Have a "Play Day" at Jake's Unlimited

Previously known as Amazing Jake's, this newly renovated facility has it all if you are looking for indoor fun. From laser tag to bowling, bumper cars to arcade games, and so much more! Don't forget about Jake's After Dark for adults, with happy hour starting at 8 p.m. daily. Jake's Unlimited is the one-stop family entertainment center in Mesa and a great option for summer fun!

6. Discover Something New at the Mesa Museums

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum, and the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum are all located in Downtown Mesa - only a short light rail ride away! This summer vacation activity is fun and interesting for the whole family.

Kids with Dinosaur at Museum of Natural History Crowdriff

Photo Credit: @wickedawesomeboymom

7. Go Tubing on the Salt River

The #VisitMesaSaltRiver runs alongside some of the most picturesque natural scenes Arizona has to offer. Whether you rent a tube from the Salt River Tubing Co. or bring your own floats, a day spent on the Salt River will definitely keep you cool this summer! Don't forget to take your trash with you when you leave!

Salt River Tubing at Saguaro Lake Ranch Water Recreation

8. Spend the Day at Golfland/Sunsplash Entertainment Center

Splash, swim and slide at Golfland Sunsplash Waterpark in Mesa... by day or night! Check out their lazy river, Thunder Bay Wavepool, or the Stormrider waterslide to name a few attractions. Don't want to get wet? Golfland Sunsplash has three fantastic 18-hole miniature golf courses that are fun for all ages. If all this isn't enough, the water park is open late for Night Splash on Wednesdays - Saturdays throughout July!

Golfland Sunsplash Summer Fun Water Park

9. Try Escape Rooms Mesa

Escape Rooms Mesa has the largest number of unique escape rooms in North America. With this experience, you and your friends can try your hand at solving puzzles in a themed room to escape before the time runs out. It's an exciting, fun way to spend those warm summer days in Mesa!

10. Take a Ride on the Desert Belle Tour Boat

All aboard the Desert Belle for a summer of fun on Saguaro Lake! Don’t miss this classic tour boat ride, offering Morning Music Cruises throughout the season. Find out more about ticket prices and cruise times on their website.

boarding desert belle

So get out, soak up the sun, and stay cool this summer in #CityLimitless!

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