Top things to see and do in Mesa

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Mesa Arizona arts center building
The Mesa Arts Center is a must-see. — Photo courtesy Michelle Streeter

Whether snowbirding or taking a family vacation, you will find Mesa to be a delight. This Arizona community has a warm climate, interesting history and no shortage of activities and attractions to keep you busy. Here are some of our top choices.

1) More than just a museum

In addition to housing local art and cultural exhibits, the Mesa Arts Center hosts captivating entertainment, including live performances by popular musicians, professional dancers and theatrical groups.

2) Pack up the kids

For the young, and the young-at-heart, Amazing Jakes is a fun place to be. This restaurant offers access to on-site activities, including a glow bowling alley, indoor go-kart track, kiddie rides and more than 150 video games.

3) Moove along

Superstition Farm is an integral part of any family trip to Mesa. This dairy farm offers tours by appointment, and the opportunity to hand-feed and pet a variety of barnyard animals. Stop by on Thursday evenings to shop at a farm-fresh local market and take advantage of the food tasting, hay rides and free admission to the petting zoo.

4) A history lesson

The Mesa Historical Museum covers a wide array of history, from the evolution of Mesa throughout history, to the Cactus League baseball heritage. The collections and exhibits change regularly, so there is always something new to see.

5) Catch some dinner theatre

For more world-class entertainment, check out Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The 500-seat facility is always bringing exciting concerts and other performances to town, so check their website to see what is scheduled during your visit.

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