Best places to visit in Mesa
Mesa, the third-largest city in Arizona, will keep you and your family entertained by visiting:
1. Mesa Arts Center
Found along the East Main Street, it is a center for performing arts and visual arts. The largest arts complex of its kind in Arizona, it opened its doors to the public in 2005.
It offers you and your family an opportunity to enjoy performances at four venues, including the 99-seat Farnsworth Studio Theater and the 1,600-seat Ikeda Theater; five art galleries exhibition space for the Mesa Contemporary Arts Center; and 14 performing and visual arts classroom studios.
2. Usery Mountain Regional Park
The park, which is located on North Usery Pass Road, is set on 3,648 acres of land. You and your family could camp on any one 73 campsites- hook-ups, picnic tables and barbecue grills as well as horseback riding, mountain bike and hike along the 29 miles of trails while enjoying scenic landscapes.
You can also take part in a wide range of special events such as Archery 101, Full Moon Hike and Movie Night in the Park.
3. Rose Garden at Mesa Community College
The Mesa Community College and the East Valley Mesa Rose Society collaborated to set up the Rose Garden in 1997.
If you like flowers, though Arizona has desert-like conditions, Mesa Community College Rose Garden with its more than 9,000 roses of 300 varieties is your study area and a botanic laboratory.
4. Hohokam Stadium
The construction of the 12,500-seat baseball park, which is also known as the Dwight W. Patterson Field, was completed in 1997 on North Center Street. Formerly called Hohokam Park, it is named after the Hohokam people, the Native Americans who lived in the area between about 1 AD and 1450 AD.
Originally built in 1976, the stadium served for long as the spring training venue for the Oakland Athletics and later for the Chicago Cubs.
Renovated in 2015 to add new seats and the largest scoreboard in the Cactus League, the Oakland Athletics presently use it for their spring training.
5. Mesa Historical Museum
The Mesa Historical Society put it up in 1987. A 1913 building, which was originally a school, houses it. The Works Progress Administration added its auditorium in 1930. The museum building and the auditorium appear on the National Register of Historic places.
Here you will learn the history of Mesa from the rich collection perfect replica of an early adobe school, agricultural tools, and exhibits.
6. Arizona Museum of Natural History
The North MacDonald-located Museum exhibits displays related to the culture, habitat, and history of the Southwestern United States.
Founded in 1977 as a small museum in the Mesa City Hall, a historic building dating from 1937, it now boasts of a collection of 60,000 objects of anthropology, art, cultural history, and natural history of the area. It also has 10,000 historical photographs.
7. Rocking R Ranch
It is part of the first horse and cattle pioneer ranch that holds a special place in the history of Arizona. One of the four founders of Mesa, Charles Innes Robson I, is the great-great-grandfather of the current ranch owner.
You and your family have an opportunity to learn about the Wild West through staged gunfights, wagon rides, gold panning, fabulous cowboy barbecues, and popular western music shows. They will learn to be scouts.
8. Commemorative Air Force Museum
The museum, located along North Greenfield Road, was founded in 1978 with a donation of a World War II-era B-17G aircraft named Sentimental Journey.
Here you will enjoy the sight of many aircraft and World War II artifacts and memorabilia.
You will tour the museum and enjoy many events and special occasions.
9. Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
This is a large outdoor marketplace with, among others, vendors, live music in a food court.
Set up on East Baseline Road close to the Superstition Mountains, this is possibly the largest marketplace in Arizona. It boasts of 900 merchants in 1,600 shops.
You and your kids will enjoy shopping, walking around, sampling the food at the food court and the snack bars as well as live entertainments.
Written by Arizona Roofing Systems.