Mesa Tourist Attractions
Mesa was founded in 1878 by 80 Mormon pioneers from Idaho and Utah. Today it is the third-largest city in Arizona, with a population of more than 320,000. Mesa is the winter home of the Chicago Cubs.
Arizona Museum for Youth
The Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa is a child-oriented fine arts center, one of only two in the United States. The museum hosts exhibitions that change several times each year and feature multiple crafts, games and interactive activities that encourage children to explore the fine arts and their own creativity in a "hands-on" environment. From Artville, an early childhood development area for children under 4, to the Art Gallery, which hosts several art-based exhibits each year, the museum brings the very best of the world of art to those of all ages.
Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (formely Confederate Air Force Museum)
The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum displays aircraft from WW I through Vietnam. The collection includes a restored B-17 that still fly's today, B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey, B-25, C-45, SNJ, F4 Phantom, and Migs 15 & 21. Other exhibits feature a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, black aviation pioneers who served in WW II, and the overseas cemeteries where thousands of war dead are at rest.
Address: 2017 North Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ 85215-2401, United States
Opening hours: Jun 1 to Sep 30: 9am-3pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Oct 1 to May 31: 10am-4pm
Oct 1 to May 31: 10am-4pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior over 62 $9.00, Child 13 & under $3.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Discounted admission during summer months.
Facilities: Gift shop
Buckhorn Wildlife Museum and Bathhouse (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Buckhorn Mineral Baths opened in 1939 and became famous for the hot springs that healed numerous ailments. The Buckhorn Wildlife Museum and Bathhouse in Mesa featured natural hot mineral wells, Swedish massage and whirlpool baths, which are no longer in operation. It also displays more than 400 mounted bird and animal specimens.
Mesa Arts Center
The Mesa Arts Center has free contemporary art exhibits, educational workshops, lectures, and demonstrations. Free public tours of the campus include the interiors of the Theaters, the first level of the Art Studios and the outdoor Shadow Walk, which highlights the architecture on the campus.
Sirrine House is a "Territorial Victorian" style home in Mesa, built in 1896 by one of the city's founders, Joel Sirrine. The home has been fully restored but is only open for special events. Furnishings represent the first years after the turn of the century with antiques and collectibles, which are authentic to the time.
Arizona Temple Visitors Center
Golfland / Sunsplash is an amusement park in Mesa. It features a waterpark with water slides, a wave pool, bumper boats, go-carts and a river for tubing. There is also a 12-acre miniature golf course.
Jeepers Indoor Amusement Park
Jeepers is a 28,000 sq ft indoor amusement park with a mini roller coaster, safari train, jet airplane ride, carousel, bumper cars, monkey barrels, spinning cups as well as over 90 non-violent games.
Address: 2726 South Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210, United States
Opening hours: 11am-7pm; Fri: 10am-8pm; Sat: 10am-8pm
Entrance fee in USD: Child 18 & under $8.99, Child 3 & under $5.00, Adult $2.00
Useful tips: Rates apply to all day unlimited rides wristband.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
Legendary Superstars is a musical tribute live stage show that features celebrities such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, The Blues Brothers, Conway Twitty, Reba McEntyre, and Bing Crosby.
Mesa Historical Museum (formerly Crismon Farm)
The Mesa Historical Museum is located on the grounds of the last remaining schoolhouse of the early 1900's. Items on display include antique farm equipment and domestic items.
Park of the Canals
The Park of the Canals in Mesa has remnants of the early Hohokam canal system dating back to 700 BC. The park also has a desert botanical garden and playground for children.
Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum (closed)
The Champlin Fighter Museum collection has moved to The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.
Mesa Southwest Museum
The Mesa Southwest Museum is one of two museums in Mesa devoted to the days of the Indians and the pioneers who settled in this area.
Address: 53 North MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Sat: 11am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior over 65 $9.00, Students $8.00, Child 12 & under $6.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 2 hours
Rockin' R Ranch
The Rockin' R Ranch in Mesa serves cowboy-style meals, complete with staged gunfights, wagon rides, gold panning and an Indian Village.
Superstition Farm offers farm tours, horseback riding classes, a hay maze, gardening lessons, petting zoo, and more.
Address: 3440 South Hawes Road, Mesa, AZ 85212, United States
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.50, Child 12 & under $5.50
Useful tips: Petting Zoo hours are Tuesday-Friday-12:00-3:00pm, Saturdays-1:00pm-3:00pm, Sundays- 10:00am-3:00pm. Dairy Tours are Sat from 10-4pm or by appointment from Tuesday-Friday.