951 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 833-1231
Fax: (480) 827-0513
As a settlement, the city of Mesa's history dates back 2,000 years, when the Hohokam people settled here and built the famous irrigation canals. After their mysterious departure, there were several groups of settlers that arrived in Mesa, and the city was registered in July 1878. Today, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and a hub for tourism. Among the attractions that bring visitors to the city are the Mesa Grand Ruins, Park of the Canals, Arizona Museum of Natural History and the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple. The city is also home to several prominent cultural venues like the Mesa Arts Center and the Mesa Amphitheater. Do visit the town's website to know more about Mesa.
If you're in the belief that ghost do exist, ghouls and other spooky things, then this place is a must-visit. Enjoy a day of challenging the Benandanti or enter his ever so dangerous chamber. Like horror flicks? Well this is even better. The only downside to this place is waiting for turns in a long queue, but special VIP tickets are available. Although make sure kids below 8 are not accompanying you, as they are not allowed inside for any of the attractions.
Fly High Paragliding is owned and operated by Carlos Madureira. This USHPA-certified aviation institute is the first of its kind in Arizona, and offers excellent resources and guaranteed safety. Enroll in a training course and take a solo flight over the mountains, or enjoy an accompanied tandem flight that promises an exhilarating thrill and stunning views of the Valley.
The world's largest laser tag arena, the unique Stratum was designed by the creators of Universal Studios, forum shops in Vegas, and Universal Studios Japan. The arena is over 13,000 square feet with 90 towers, bridges and ramps and 15 different levels with heights up to 20 feet.
This fun paradise offers relief from the heat of the desert. You can choose to ride the high waves or simply soak up the sun. The Waikiki Beach is one of the biggest original wave pool in America while the Captain Cook's Landing is for the little tykes. Older kids and adults will enjoy water basketball or volleyball at Mauna Loa Bay. Kilauea Cove offers an exciting water slide with panoramic views from the top. Daredevils will love the Tornado Twisters, Hurricane Falls and the dreaded Black Hole. There is a full-service snack bar to refresh and refuel after activities. Big Surf is a great place to be with the entire family.
Started by the Kelsall family in 1968, Mother Nature's Farm used to be a pine tree cultivation back in the 80's and in 1991 they started growing pumpkins. Visiting this farm lets you experience the native SouthWestern country life. Kids will love this place as there are lots of activities organized especially for them like pumpkin carving, hayriding, face painting and straw bouncing.There is a separate enclosure with farm animals like pigs and chickens. You can even take the produce home. Timings vary seasonally so call ahead.
One of the major attractions in the greater Phoenix area, the Tempe Town Lake is a hit with the locals and tourists looking for a place to cool down and escape the heat. It is actually an artificial lake that occupies the dry bed of the Salt River. The lake has many quiet parks and green spaces around where families can relax and also provides recreational opportunities like fishing and swimming. You can also take a tour around the lake by renting a boat, canoe or paddle-boat.
The largest library in the East Valley, this library offers a large variety of books and research materials plus state-of-the-art electronic resources and Internet access.
This 70-acre (28.32 hectare) park in South Scottsdale has recreation facilities as well as meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Facilities include five ramadas, one spray pool, two fishing lakes, two playgrounds and one basketball court. If taking a walk with your pooch is on the agenda, Vista Del Camino Park has the only dog run in Scottsdale. The 18-hole disc golf course is a fun place to spend an afternoon with friends or family.
This culturally diverse public University is the third largest in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 full- and part-time students on all local campuses. The main educational center is located in Tempe, with satellites in Mesa and northwest Phoenix. In downtown Phoenix you will find another major extension. Quality degree programs are offered here from baccalaureate to doctorate. Awarded the status of Research I Institution in 1994, ASU is recognized as a leading-edge research facility. While you're on campus, check out ASU's Art Museum.
There are many parks in Tempe, however the Tempe Beach Park is the most recent and well-known of all parks in this college town. Locals come here for recreation on the lake, to bike, to have a picnic with family and friends or just to contemplate. There are many attractions nearby, like pontoon bridges, the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Boat Marina. At the marina, you can rent a boat and take a tour of the lake or if you prefer more manual efforts, rent a paddle-boat for two. There is also a special water splash playground that is designed for kids so they can get soaked during the dog-days of summer.
This 60-acre (24.28 hectare) park located within the Indian Bend Wash greenbelt is home to the Wedge Skate Park. It is every skater's dream complete with ramps, curbs and rails making it an awesome place to pick up new tricks. The park also offers an outdoor amphitheater, swimming pool, two lakes, two children's playgrounds. The 5K course along with softball, soccer, basketball and a sand volleyball courts make it a great place to come and work out. Or pack up the family, make some lunch and head on over to the picnic area for a great family out.