Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe are the cities most think of when looking for hot spots in the Valley of the Sun. However, Mesa is making a case to be in the same conversation. In fact, Mesa has been named #1 on TripAdvisor’s List of “Affordable Winter Escapes in Western USA”. From 300-plus days of sunshine to being the home of the top garage door repair Mesa AZ company om the area, there’s plenty of things to do in Mesa Arizona all year long.
- Arizona Museum of Natural History
The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum found in the greater Phoenix area. Founded as a small museum in 1977, the building expanded in 1983, 1987 and again in 2000. Exhibitions include Dinosaur Mountain, Dinosaur Hall, the Southwest Gallery, the Ancient Cultures of Mexico and recreations of a Hohokam village and the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. The Arizona Museum of Natural History is located at 53 N. Macdonald and is open Tuesday-Sunday.
- Sloan Park
Sloan Park is the spring training facility for the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Sloan park has served as the Cubs’ home since the team left nearby Hohokam Stadium in 2014. The stadium is the largest spring training park in all of Major League Baseball with a capacity of 15,000. Found at 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Sloan Park also houses the Arizona League Cubs of the Arizona League and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
- Hohokam Stadium
Mesa is home to not one, but two baseball parks. The aforementioned Hohokam Stadium now serves as the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s. Fans can catch all the exhibition action at the 7,500-seat stadium throughout the month of March. Located at 1235 N. Center Street, the facility also hosts national youth and adult baseball tournaments throughout the year. The complex is also used for concerts, weddings and receptions, group events and charity fundraisers.
- Mesa Amphitheatre
The Mesa Amphitheatre has consistently been ranked as one of the best outdoor concert venues in the state. The venue, which opened in 1979, features tiered lawn seating and a capacity of just under 5,000. While known for hosting popular national and international music acts, the open-air facility is also popular for daylong festivals and community events. The Mesa Amphitheatre is located at 263 North Center Street, with the box office open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can see a complete calendar of events by visiting the official website.
- Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum
The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum is a must-visit for any history buff. The center is the only combat aviation museum in the greater Phoenix area. Visitors can walk through the active hangar and climb aboard bombers and cargo planes. The facility also features seven different aircraft from World War II, including rare bombers and an open biplane. The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum is located at 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.