Mesa Arizona Visitors Guide: 3 Fun Things to do in Mesa
The almost invariably clear weather in Mesa makes it a dream destination for travelers and an ideal city to live in if you can get used to the heat. The pleasant climate also means Mesa is full of great attractions that combine spectacular outdoor scenery, a slew of superb museums, and some great theme parks too. Get the lowdown below on the three most fun attractions that the city of Mesa has for tourists and locals alike.
Commemorative Air Force Museum
There aren’t many cooler ways to spend a day in Mesa, or any other city for that matter, than by learning about the rich aviation history of America and getting up close and personal with some restored military aircraft. You’ll also learn what it was like to live in the United States during the periods of war that mark Earth’s relatively recent history.
The Commemorative Air Force Museum features nearly 50 aircraft that date from before World War I right up until the Vietnam War, meaning in addition to the intrigue of viewing the actual aircraft, you get insight into how the aircraft evolved over a period of fewer than 100 years. There is even the possibility to fly in some of the old airplanes including models such as the B-17G and B-25 for a really exhilarating experience!
The Commemorative Air Force Museum is on North Greenfield Road in Mesa. Tickets for the museum alone cost $15 for adults and $5 for kids.
Usery Mountain Regional Park
The 7-mile counter-clockwise hike around Usery Mountain Regional Park features breathtaking landscapes and provides an enjoyable workout that can be done at whatever pace is comfortable for you. But there are many other trails you can walk depending on the challenge you want. The trails are open all year, and the pleasant weather in Arizona gives you plenty of opportunities to go hiking in Usery Mountain Park. It costs $6 per day to bring your vehicle inside the park, which you’ll probably want to do considering that it takes four hours to walk from downtown Mesa to the park.
Make sure you bring enough water for whatever hike you decide on because shade is minimal on all trails. Sunscreen is also recommended to protect you from the harmful rays.
Mesa Arts Center
If you want a respite from the heat or you simply want to engage in an indoor activity in Mesa, visit the acclaimed Mesa Arts Center to check out some exquisite works of art in addition to some great musical performances. The construction of the building finished in 2005 and it cost $95 million to build. Art classes are available if you want to try your hand at painting, and a range of live shows feature often and include dance, magic, art, and music.
If there are no shows scheduled when you visit, you can still attend the museum to view the fascinating contemporary art exhibits with paintings from internationally recognized artists.
Make sure you experience these three fun attractions in Mesa whether you’re living in the city or stopping by for a visit.
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