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From farm to fork dining, Western shopping, Native American Artist shows and immeasurable outdoor recreation, Mesa is a city that knows no bounds — a gateway destination to one of the most dynamic regions in the country. A gateway to discovery, adventure and endless possibilities from A to Z. Welcome to Mesa. City Limitless®.
MESA ARTS CENTER CAMPUS TOUR – 1 HOUR
Mesa Arts Center is the largest performing arts, visual arts, and arts education facility in the Southwestern United States. The seven-acre campus is an inviting oasis by day and a luminous beacon by night. Serving as a central gathering place for visitors and residents, Mesa Arts Center architecture is inspired by the unique character of the Sonoran Desert – a rich desert, mountain and canyon environment. The Shadow Walk, a shaded outdoor plaza, hosts free concerts throughout the year.
METRO LIGHT RAIL – 1 HOUR
Visitors can gain easy access to Mesa hotels and the city’s core via Metro Light Rail. With the addition of the PHX Sky Train, connecting to and from the airport has never been easier. The passenger train carves through Downtown Mesa, in front of three museums, Benedictine University’s Mesa campus, and in front of the renowned Mesa Arts Center.
DOWNTOWN MESA SCULPTURE WALK – 1 ½ HOURS
Walking around Downtown Mesa you will find Mesa’s Permanent Sculpture Collection. Around every bend and strewn along Main Street are 38 different pieces that make up the city’s public art collection. It doesn’t matter which direction you are looking - they are everywhere! Guided tours available.
SHOPPING: VILLAGE SQUARE AT PARK – 2 HOURS
This fashion-focused lifestyle center is a reflection of some of Mesa’s most affluent neighborhoods. Wide pedestrian walkways, spacious patios for outdoor dining, fountains and palm-tree-lined driveways are surrounded by upscale retail stores. Fucshia Day Spa offers spa treatments for visitors.
PIONEER PARK - 1 HOUR
Anchored in the heart of the city on Main Street and Mesa Drive, Pioneer Park completed an $8M overhaul and now features an oversized multi-story ADA-compliant playground and a splash pad which includes a 15-foot-high water wall that is the first of its kind in Arizona. The 9,000-square foot playground is designed to feel like you are playing in the tree tops. Parents love being able to play alongside their kids taking advantage of the 500-foot-long elevated ribbon walkway that connects the main central plaza area to the playground.
GLAMPING, NEWEST WAY TO STAY
At Schnepf Farms, a fourth-generation family homestead, visitors can go glamping (camping in style) in their collection of original 1950s-era auto trailers at The Cozy Peach. Each trailer faces west toward the outlying San Tan Mountains to capture Arizona’s idyllic and sought-after sunsets. This new brand of roughing it also includes individual barbecues and patio tables and chairs. The Fresh From the Farm bakery and café offers full, cooked-to order breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an assortment of baked goods for visitors. Guests can choose from Airstreams, Spartan Manor and Spartan Mansion, Silver Streak, Pullman Train and more.
LUXURY CAMPING IN THE WILDERNESS
Nestled at the southeastern base of the Superstition Mountains in Mesa, this luxury camping experience is otherworldly, combining all the amenities of a five-star resort but closer to nature, much closer. Silent nights and starry skies are all part of the full-sensory overnight fun in the desert, the site itself set on 200 acres of untouched Arizona land. Guests overnighting at Tela Peralta will be treated to long-table group dinners in the desert steps away from each tent. Hands-on activities including guided hiking tours, outdoor fitness classes and a variety of resort-style activities personalized to this
magical natural setting.
FARM-TO-TABLE DINING EXPERIENCE, OSTERIA – 2 HOURS
The focus here is on fresh, organic and local. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere while noshing on northern Italian cuisine featuring housemade pasta, pizzas from the wood fire grill, and farm-to-table spreads featuring Steadfast Farms and McClendon’s Select local organic produce. Mornings start with fresh warm pastries and espresso on their patio and evenings, guests can enjoy a dozen wine taps, local craft beers and their exclusive craft cocktail program.
TOUR & TASTE AT ARIZONA’S FIRST CIDERY – 1 HOUR
New in Downtown Mesa is Cider Corps, staking the claim of being Arizona’s first cidery. Owned and operated by the Duren brothers, Jason and Josh, the Downtown Mesa tap room’s name honors Jason’s service in the military. Offering ciders in a dozen seasonally-inspired flavors, the Durens ensure to halt the fermentation process at the peak of sweetness ensuring no added sugars are needed. Be sure to ask for them by name at a number of area restaurants and breweries where they are featured on tap.
SAN TAN FLAT GRILL & SALOON – 2+ HOURS
Located at the end of a long dusty road in the Town of Queen Creek is San Tan Flat. This is a great Country Western bar in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Live musical entertainment is offered Wednesday through Sunday. Keep an eye out for local cowboys and cowgirls. Full restaurant serves lunch and dinner.
CALLING ALL COUNTRY BOYS AND COUNTRY GIRLS: DIERKS BENTLEY’S WHISKEY ROW – 2 HOURS
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row is an American gastropub unlike any other. In a crowded space, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row stands out with award winning food & drinks, exhilarating nightlife, and a rock & roll attitude inspired by Dierks himself.
ARIZONA’S AVIATION HISTORY – 2 HOURS
Mesa is entrenched in aviation history and continues to serve as one of the leaders in aviation technology and education. At Commemorative Air Force Museum – Arizona Wing, daredevils can take to the skies on a variety of war birds and view aviation exhibits. Pilots take visitors on thrilling aerial adventures on a variety of aircraft including the popular Sentimental Journey – a B-17 Bomber known as WWII’s Flying Fortress.
NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY – 1 HOUR
At All Tribes Trading Post visitors can order custom-designed Native American jewelry. This wholesale to public store offers some of the market’s highest quality Native American Indian Turquoise and Silver jewelry and Native American art. All Tribes represents artists from reservations across the U.S. and their jewelry workshop features in-house Native American silversmiths and artists working to create new designs, custom orders and repairs.
MOTORCYCLES ON MAIN STREET – 2 HOURS
On the first Friday of every month, Downtown Mesa hosts Motorcycles on Main Street. Motorcycle fans and owners come out to enjoy live music and events from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.