Mesa is Arizona’s third largest city in Maricopa County and home to half a million happy residents. It’s the ultimate desert playground and famous for its endless trails, stunning views, canyon-carved waterways, and hot climate that attracts lots of visitors year round!
But it’s not just about the stunning landscapes. From interactive museums, Broadway musicals and old west towns, Mesa has got something for everyone from adventure seekers to foodies to families.
Got a birthday coming up? Why not spend it celebrating in wonderful Mesa! We’ve gone ahead and picked the top 5 birthday spots to spend your special day whether it’s with friends or family. Let’s take a look!
Looking for a creative experience where you can unleash your inner crafter? Then why not give Pinspiration a go? Pinspiration is a local DIY crafting studio that offers many crafting classes and events, such as candle making, charcuterie board decor, string art, and many more. Unleash your inner Jackson Pollack at the Spatter Crafts Party or try your hand at some of the latest crafts at our crafting table, Pinspiration has something for everyone. And don’t worry about supplies…we’ll give you everything you need to have an amazing day!
For more information, check out our website.
2. The Apache Trail
Any history buffs out there? Here’s your chance to follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and gold prospectors from the 1800s along miles of spectacular wilderness. You’ll pass by Goldfield Ghost Town, which in the 1890s was a booming community with saloons, a boarding house, a school and a general store. You’ll also pass by Canyon Lake Marina with the chance to board the Dolly Steamboat for a twilight dinner cruise. Or check out Tortilla Flat, an authentic remnant of an old west town nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest.
Find out everything you know about the Apache Trail here.
3. Beers & Brew Tour
Any beer lovers out there? With the Beers & Brews tour, you can sip your way through Mesa by checking out the many breweries and coffee shops the city has to offer! With the Beers & Brew passport, you’ll get discounts for 16 breweries, taprooms and cafes. Whether you’re looking for a lager or a latte, Mesa has lots of great places to celebrate!
4. Salt River Kayaking Trip
The Tonto National Forest is the largest in Arizona and the Lower Salt River runs right through it. For one of the best kayaking trips you’ll ever do, we highly recommend a trip to Salt River! Admire the natural scenery from the water as you set our from Saguaro Lake, paddle along the Salt River and passing the park’s herd of wild horses. Plus it only takes about two hours – leaving plenty of time to go for drinks and dinner back in town!
5. Fresh Foodie Trail
From wineries and community gardens to olive mills, the Arizona Fresh Foodie Trail Tour takes you on a private guide journey of agritourism through Mesa, Queen Creek and Gilbert. Some of the incredible places you’ll visit include:
- Queen Creek Olive Mill – Arizona’s only family-owned and operated olive mill and farm.
- The Windmill Winery – a unique setting just outside Mesa where you’ll find the authenticity of a rural farm combined with the elegance of a rustic wine tasting room.
- Agritopia: Barnone & Joe’s Farm Grill – a 60-era modern-day diner that was converted from the Johnston Family homestead!
- Jalapeño Buck’s ft. B&B Citrus Farm – one of Mesa’s original groves that dates back to 1915.
And lots more!