Mesa, Arizona Tourism
Growing from a small Southwestern town to the 3rd largest city in Arizona, Mesa is now the place to move to or visit if you are looking for leisurely pursuits as well as business opportunities. It is known for its beautiful weather -over 325 days of sunshine annually. With 40 golf courses, 55 parks, 13 public pools and miles of hiking/biking trails, Mesa is certain to have something that will delight and inspire you. Be sure your vacation plans include some time visiting some of these great Mesa, Arizona locations.
Activities & Attractions in Mesa
Commemorative Air Force Museum -Check out WWII memorabilia,
see the restored B-17 called the Sentimental Journey or
even take a Flight Back in Time of one of the warbirds.
Arizona Museum of Natural History - Here you will
learn about Arizona's first inhabitants, see a replica of
a Spanish mission and enjoy interactive displays especially
planned for the young ones.
Arizona Museum for Youth - This museum is designed
for the young and young at heart. You will find hands on
activities, exhibits and displays that are sure to capture
the imagination while inspiring you to dream and pursue
goals. There are also an assortment of classes available
and several art galleries.
Superstition Mountain Museum - Learn the legacy
of Jacob Waltz and visit the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. Be
sure to check out the nearby Elvis Presley Chapel where
you can see movie memorabilia and items from TV shows that
were filed in the area.
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum - Horticulturist
will find this impressive display of plants from around
the world a delightful way to spend an afternoon. The visitor
center boasts an assortment of biological and historical
displays. The Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest
botanical garden and has over 300 acres of plants, trees
and indigenous animals. There are guided tours, 3 miles
of paths and trails, 230 bird and 72 animal species and
3,200 different desert plants to be "discovered" as you
The Dolly Steamboat Cruises - A 90 minute cruise
where guest can think they are living in the days of cowboys
and gold mining towns. You will learn about the Apache Trail,
Canyon Lake and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman as you take
either the nature cruise or the twilight dinner cruise.
Rockin' R Ranch - See a gunfight, pan for gold
or take a wagon ride as you spend some time in this family
friendly Mesa attraction. Other attractions are the Chuckwagon
Dinner Theatre and western shops. The Ranch has been voted
the "Number 1 place to bring out of town guest" so you don't
want to leave this off your itinerary.
The Queen Creek Olive Mill - Actually located in
the nearby town of Quick Creek, here you can see Arizona's
first working olive farm and mill. The Mill produces 9 varieties
of olive oil, as well as an assortment of tapenades and
olives. Tastings and tours are held from October to May.
Tortilla Town Lake - Experience an Old West Stagecoach
ride and stop at this favorite spot along the Apache Trail.
This historic spot has stood the test of time and you can
continue to enjoy Old Western Living (if only for the time
you are there!) At the Tortilla Town Restaurant you will
find unique menu items like Prickly Pear ice cream or Killer
Chili, or you can mosey over to the Gift Shop where you
can find unique gifts and souvenirs. Tortilla Town includes
a Post Office, a General Store and 2 restaurants.
Park of the Canals - This quiet 30 acre park offers
a place for children to stretch their legs as they enjoy
the playground as well as walking trails and a chance to
learn about the Hohokam Indians. You will find a botanical
garden with plants from the four desert regions. There is
no admittance charge.
Mesa is known for its beautiful and challenging golf courses.
Some of the favorites include the Longbow Golf Club, the
Las Sendas Golf Club, the Superstition Springs Golf Club
and the Greenfield Lakes Golf Club.
Like many other Arizona towns, Mesas numerous activities
and attractions are often more enjoyable if you are part
of a tour. Consequently, there are a variety of choices,
some of which are jeep and Hummer tours, hot air balloon
trips, horseback and guided pack tours, rafting/tubing trips
and guided hiking trips.