40+ Things to Do in Mesa: Ultimate Fun Guide

There are so many fun things to do in Mesa Arizona and here we’re going to cover everything there is to do.

So no matter your age, group size, budget, preference towards indoors or outdoors…you’ll find something fun to do in Mesa on this list.

From huge entertainment centers, sports games, food, shows and a lot more, there are some unique and memorable experiences to be had here in Mesa, Arizona!

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#1 Uptown Jungle

5741 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Full Details | Discount Coupon | Free Admission

Uptown Jungle has locations in the valley and one of our favorite is in Mesa. This is one of our go to places for fun, especially when the kids need to burn some energy or even when we need to find a place to play indoors with friends.

The Uptown Jungle in Mesa has features like:

  • Trampolines
  • Climbing walls
  • Spider tower
  • Mega play structure
  • Super slides
  • Obstacle course
  • Mini zipline
  • Ball blaster area
  • Ninja course

So if you have a couple of hours and want to let the kids run while, this is the place to go!

Save up to 40% on admission to Uptown Jungle here or get 2 free admissions per year with the Pogo Pass (use coupon code OURKIDS to get 50% off).

#2 Jake’s Unlimited

1830 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204 | Website

Jake’s Unlimited is a huge entertainment center for families with:

  • Unlimited food and drink
  • Rides (like tornado ride, bumper cars, carousel, tea cups and more
  • Over 170 arcade games
  • Bowling
  • Laser Tag
  • VR Zone

For the adults there is also a full bar and billiards. You can literally spend hours and hours here and everyone has a blast!

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#3 Creme & Chocolat

1744 S Val Vista Dr #111, Mesa, AZ 85204 | Website

Build your own crepes and waffles, plus ice cream sandwiches dipped in your choice of chocolates…need I say more?

When you order a crepe you can watch them make it on the griddle right in front of you. And when you order a dipped cone or ice cream sandwich, you can select from a number of chocolates at the chocolate bar.

One customer said “My husband and I decided that we would try all of the ice cream shops in the East Valley, 1 each week. Out of all of them, Creme & Chocolats came in first!”

That’s how good it is!

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#4 See a Full Size Tyrannosaurus Skull

1816 W Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202 | Full Details

A newer addition to Mesa, is Tyrannostorus. It’s a store full of exciting dinosaur fossils including bones and teeth, plus aquatic fossils, shark teeth, games and toys, gems and minerals and more.

It almost feels like an interactive museum as the team is passionate about fossils and is happy to share their knowledge and answer questions. Plus, you’re actually allowed to touch everything!

You’ll also enjoy the dig site where you can purchase excavation kits and dig for fossils right in the middle of the store.

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#5 Eat the Largest Pancakes You’ve Ever Seen

805 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Full Details

At Henhouse Cafe, they serve a plate of just 2 pancakes that are big enough to feed 11 people. Yes, you read that right.

Now you may be like my family and bring less people thinking you’ll be able to eat it all. Afterall, it’s just a couple pancakes.

Let’s just say I dare you! 🙂

#6 Take a Walking Sculpture Tour

Main Street (and side streets) | Website

Downtown Mesa has a self-guided walking scultpure tour where you can see different, permanent sculptures year round.

They also have many murals as you walk along main street that are fun and interesting to look at and photograph.

You can do all this while walking by the local shops and restaurants.

#7 Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

Also in downtown Mesa, is the Arizona Museum of Natural History. And as you probably expect, this is where the dinosaurs are! In fact, you’ll find dinosaur footprints on the sidewalks leading up to the musem.

You can even do the Mesa sculpture tour before or after your museum visit as some of the sculptures are right outside this museum.

The museum is quite large and has multiple levels. One really fun feature is the simulated thunderstorm, complete with rain and water rolling down the inside of the museum.

#8 Organ Stop Pizza

1149 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204 | Website

Organ Stop Pizza isn’t just a pizza place. This is an experience unlike any other. It’s home to a massive Wurlitzer organ that covers the entire 2-story front wall of the restaurant.

An organist rises from below the restaurant and begins to play many popular songs. Customers can write down song requests and leave them for the organist to consider. You’ll see him pull from the suggestions and begin to play.

As you can expect from the name, pizza is served, along with a salad bar and even ice cream.

Only cash is accepted and you’ll have to pick up your order from the counter when it’s ready.

#9 View The Starts at The Local Planetarium

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202 | Website

On the first Friday of the month during Spring and Fall Semesters, The Mesa Community College Planetarium has free Astronomy Nights which are open to the public.

A free planetarium show is included and you’ll have the chance to take a look through the telescope.

#10 Smell The Roses

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202 | Website

At Mesa Community College, you can take a self-guided tour through their public Rose Garden.

You’ll see a variety of rose types and colors. All are labeled and even have a phone number to call to listen to a pre-recorded message to learn more about what you are seeing.

The best months to see the roses at their best are late March, April, May, June, November, and December. Other times the roses have been pruned or are not in bloom just yet.

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#11 Go Roller Skating

7 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210 | Website | Discount

USA Skateland is a great and inexpensive place to enjoy public roller skating for ages 5 and up.

Not only do they have a high-energy roller skating rink, there is also a small arcade and snack bar.

DEAL: Get 2 FREE Admissions a Month for a Year With This Pass

On Tuesdays you can enjoy $5 public skate night and skate for a couple of hours. They play upbeat, popular music and the DJ keeps it entertaining.

It’s a mix of beginners and more advanced skaters but everyone sticks to the rules so everyone has a good time.

#12 Kids That Rip

1927 N Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85203 | Website

Kids That Rip is a huge indoor sports facility where kids and adults can burn off some serious energy while having a blast doing so.

Attractions include:

  • Trampoline
  • A variety of sport courts
  • Dodgeball
  • Sky bridge
  • Warped wall
  • Toddler area
  • Skate park

And because all of this fun will make you tired, there is a cafe on site. They have both classes and open passes depending on if you want to visit one time and pay by the hour, or attend regularly.

NEARBY: 31 Things to Do in Chandler AZ: Ultimate Fun Guide

#13 Fat Cats

5846 E Longbow Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website | Discount

While Fat Cats is well known as a movie theatre they offer several attractions:

  • 8-screen movie theatre with large reclining seats
  • Glow-in-the-dark golf
  • Arcade games
  • Bowling
  • Virtual reality entertainment

DEAL: Get 1 FREE game of bowling AND 1 FREE game of glow golf every week for a year with this pass

They also offer $5 movies all day long on Mondays and all the arcade games are 1/2 off on Wednesdays.

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#14 Enjoy a Mango Pancake

1832 W Broadway Rd #105, Mesa, AZ 85202 | Website

Ever tried a mango pancake? It’s actually nothing like the pancake you’re thinking of.

It’s actually cream filled, think whipped cream, and has a piece of mango in the middle. You can find this at Miss Dessert, which has authentic Japanese flavors.

Mango pancakes are just one of their offerings. You’ll also find a large variety of unique boba teas, snacks, and desserts.

#15 Pick Your Own Fruits & Veggies

4011 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212 | Website

Vertuccio Farms offers different pick-your-own fruits and veggies throughout the year.

They’re also well known for their fall festival with a corn maze and all, which is definitely an event worth attending if you haven’t been. In the winter they have a Christmas festival as well.

In the spring, they have absolutely delicious pick-your-own peaches for a very reasonable price. The peaches are so juicy!

They also pick and sell the fresh food directly and in their market store which you can come by anytime.

Keep an eye on their website or Facebook page as they post when the next crop is ready to be picked.

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Source: Golfland Sunsplash

#16 Head to the Waterpark

155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210 | Website | Discount

Golfland Sunsplash is a great place for kids and families. The waterpark has a storm rider, thunder falls, splash pad, wavepool, lazy river, harbor slides, water coaster, rock slides, boat, tail slides, activity pool and more.

DEAL: Get 1 FREE visit per year with this pass (use coupon code OURKIDS for 50% off)

While the waterpark is not year-round, Golfland does have year-round activities like:

  • 3 miniature golf courses
  • An arcade
  • Restaurant
  • Go-kart track
  • Laser tag
  • Bumper boats

Check their calendar for splash nights where you can come enjoy the waterpark at night.

This is a great place to entertain kids (and adults!) of all ages

#17 Go Tubing on the Salt River

9200 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website

No visit to Mesa is complete without experiencing tubing down the river. The river itself is beautiful!

The Salt River tubing company offers float trips so all you have to do is show up and float down the river. They provide the tubes and bring a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive at the end.

You can choose how far down the river you want to go. Float times vary between 2 and 5 hours. And belive me, the time goes quick!

This is also a great way to see the Wild Horses on the Salt River, especially if you go early.

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#18 Climb Aboard an Old Warplane

2017 N Greenfield Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website

At the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, you will be given the chance to climb aboard 1 – 2 old warplanes. You’ll see the tight quarters and just what soldiers had to experience from the sky.

You’ll definitely learn some facts about how tough they had it and what challenges they faced.

The docents are quite knowledgeable and provide great tours where you’ll learn about the history, interesting facts and see how equipment changed over the years starting from the earliest inventions to more recent times.

They also offer a monthly family day where they have a few activities for kids and they offer a family admission for a highly discounted rate.

#19 Visit The i.d.e.a Museum

150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

The i.d.e.a Museum is an interactive art museum designed for the younger kids.

This is a smaller museum but the kids still have fun and can spend a couple of hours.

There are different sections of the museum:

(1) The first is hand-ons and very exploratory with building blocks, a light board to write on (super cool!), grocery shopping, dress up and more.

(2) Another area offers interactive exhibits that occassionally change.

(3) And lastly there is an interactive learning area with a blacklight rainforest room and more.

If you don’t have time to visit the museum and you’re nearby, you can always play the musical instruments outside the museum completely for free or even snap a selfie in the larger than life chair out front.

#20 Enjoy an Ice Cream Stuffed Donut

40 N Macdonald #2, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

At Novel Ice Cream, you can enjoy ice cream or request your ice cream be stuffed inside a warm, delicious donut because…well, why not?!

You’ll also find unique ice cream flavors to choose from like Madagascar Vanilla, Bookie Monster, and Marshmello Charm. They have flavors that are always on the menu and a small handful that change every few days so you can always try something new.

And if you say you don’t like donuts, well, this place has been known to convert non-donut lovers. But if you prefer a cone or a cup, that’s fine too!

Insider tip: This location is right across the street from the Arizona Museum of Natural History so you can grab ice cream, hit the museum and also do the walking sculpture tour all on the same day.

#21 Test Your Bike Skills & Ride the Ramps

2955 N Recker Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website

If you or the kids like riding bikes, Desert Trails Bike Park is a must visit! Whether you have toddlers or adult kids, there are different features for everyone.

This huge bike park not only offers some beautiful views, it also has:

  • Bike trails
  • Pump track
  • Kids skills track

Some kids even bring their scooters to use on some of the tracks that are more scooter friendly.

There are picnic tables and restrooms on site. The park is also right across the street from Fat Cats Mesa which you can head to afterwards.

#22 Attend Spring Training

2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

Sloan Park is home to spring training for the Chicago Cubs.

Even if you’re not a Cubs fan, going to a baseball game is still a lot of fun. Most of the seats are in the shade (except for the lawn) and the stadium itself is beautiful.

But it’s not just for the Cubs. Other teams play there too at other times of the year like the Arizona League Cubs of the Arizona League and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.

Source: Mesa Parks

#23 Explore Riverview Park

2100 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

Located in the same complex as Sloan Park, Riverview Park is a really fun playground for kids. So pack a picnic and go enjoy the playground, splashpad, open areas and more including:

  • 50-foot tall Genesis climbing tower
  • 60-foot long caterpillar mesh rope climbing structure
  • 2 playground clusters for ages 2-5, 6-12 and above
  • Orbit spinner
  • Zip line
  • Fishing lake
  • Spray ground with many water features
Source: Visit Mesa

#24 Ride (or Walk) The Rio Salado Parkway

Just east of Riverview Park (south side) | Website

Running along the Salt River bank is a path for walking or biking.

The pathway goes on for miles and even takes all the way to Tempe Town Lake.

The pathway going through Mesa connects Riverview Park, Sloan Park and Mesa’s Riverview shopping center.

#25 See a Family-Friendly Comedy Show

214 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

The Neighborhood Comedy Theatre offers weekly family-friendly comedy shows! Yes, clean comedy the whole family can enjoy.

There are Friday and Saturday night shows for all ages. Friday nights have a Main Street Comedy show which is a mix of storytelling and improv comedy.

The Saturday night shows are improv comedy.

This means the show is never the same twice. With different comedians, different topics and a different audience, you can enjoy coming again and again.

#26 Go to a Petting Zoo

3440 S Hawes Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212 | Website

Superstition Farm is a small farm that makes a nice stop if you have an hour or so to spend. You’ll be able see and feed (some) animals like:

  • Donkeys
  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Pig
  • Ducks
  • Hens
  • Tortoises
  • Cows

They also have private tours you can book as well where you can take a guided hayride around the farm.

Besides the animals, you can also purchase items like homemade ice cream, raw milk, cheese and farm eggs.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for announcements on births, new arrivals and new experiences.

#27 Bass Pro Shop

1133 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

Bass Pro Shop isn’t just a outdoor recreation store, it’s an experience, especially for the kids! There is so much for them to see and even do like:

  • Dozens of stuffed animal displays
  • Feed the trout in the Trout Stream (1:30pm daily)
  • Indoor waterfall
  • Huge 18,500 gallon aquarium with large fish & scheduled live feedings (Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm and Tuesdays at 6:00pm)
  • Archery range
  • Pistol range
  • Gaming

They also offer free classes for kids and adults on all types of topics such as bass fishing, fly fishing, meat processing and predator hunting.

They are also very popular for their Santa Wonderland including free photos with Santa and free photos with the Easter Bunny in the spring.

Source: East Valley Children’s Theatre

#28 See a Family-Friendly Theatre Show With Child Actors

4501 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205 | Website

The East Valley Children’s Theatre puts on some absolutely amazing shows with child actors. As they teach various theatre classes for kids, the kids then create and act out the performances and the public is invited.

These are the real deal! The shows have professional directors, managers, and designers.

It’s great to be able to support the kids who have worked so hard to put the show together and for them to be able to see the entire process of what it takes to make one of these shows happen.

#29 Attend 2nd Friday Night Out

Main St (between Center and Robson) | Website

From 6pm to 10pm on the second Friday every month, Mesa holds a free event with 50+ artists, musicians (including live bands), entertainment, food and vendors.

Every month has a different theme so you’ll see something new.

There are lots of arts & crafts, food trucks, booths and restaurants. So much fun!

#30 Visit the Largest Escape Room Facility in the World

86 W University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

Did you know Mesa is home to the largest escape room facility in the world? That’s right, Escape Rooms Mesa is located in a 15,000 square foot, 4-story mansion built in the 1920s and it has 17 unique escape rooms.

Get ready to be challenged, entertained, and wow’d!

They have novice rooms up to more advanced, each with a unique theme, so there is something for everyone. They have nice touches that really give it a nice experience.

Source: Silver Star Theater

#31 Catch Dinner & A Show

5247 E Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205 | Website

Whether you want to go out just the adults or you want to bring the kids along, a dinner and a show makes for a great night out!

The Silver Star Theater has good food, followed by great entertainment including musical performances, variety shows, classic plays and even a murder mystery dinner. They have a 27 x 15ft professional LED screen where they display changing graphics that really enhances the show.

This is your chance to see some amusing and talented performers.

Shows are recommended for ages 5 and older.

And if you are in need of any Arizona souvenirs, there is a large gift shop with everything you need inside.

#32 Take a Tour Boat Cruise

14011 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website | Discount

Take a cruise any day of the week on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises.

The cruises are well narrated, there is live music onboard, the drinks are cold and the scenery is beautiful. You’ll hear about the history, geology, geography and wildlife native to the Sonoran Desert.

DEAL: Get Up to 40% Off a Desert Belle Cruise

If you are lucky, you may even see wild horses, big horn sheep and bald eagles.

Even if you’re traveling from other areas like Tucson or Scottsdale, the cruise is worth it.

Source: Elevate Trampoline Park

#33 Head to the Trampoline Park

8946 E Germann Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212 | Website

Elevate Trampoline Park is a 33,000 square foot trampoline park with trampolines (of course!), silk ropes, zip line, foam pits, toddler area, trampoline basketball, dodgeball and more.

They even have a special weekly toddler only time so you don’t have to worry about bigger kids. And for homeschoolers, there is also a discounted weekly time when school is in session.

This is just north of downtown Queen Creek so it makes for a good stop if you’re going in or out of Queen Creek.

#34 Cool Off at a Fun, Refreshing & Cheap Public Pool

When it’s hot in Mesa, there are a number of public pools (9 to be specific) you can enjoy. And what’s nice is not only how fun they area but just how cheap they are as well.

Most pools only cost $4 for adults and $2 for kids and each pool has public swim hours. Some of the popular public pools are:

  • Mesa Aquatic Complex
  • Skyline Aquatic Center
  • Brimhall Aquatic Complex

Mesa pools also have some fun events throughout the season as well so it’s worth keeping an eye out for those.

Source: Falcon Field Airport

#35 Watch the Planes at Falcon Field Airport

4800 E Falcon Dr, Mesa, AZ 85215 | Website

It’s a lot of fun to come watch the planes and helicopters come and go. There are 2 viewing areas to watch from:

  1. The shaded patio behind the terminal
  2. The park on the east side of the terminal (at the base of the air traffic control tower)

The park has plexiglass fence around it so young ones can’t get out. They also have some shaded areas, benches, turf area and airplane seats for kids.

The airport’s viewing lobby is open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Thursday.

If you’re really looking for an adventure, you can also take a training flight from this airport.

#36 Go Kayaking

Saguaro Lake is a great place to sit in the sand and enjoy the water. It’s almost like you’re at the beach but then you remember you’re in the desert!

If you don’t have a kayak or paddleboard, you can visit the Saguaro Lake Marina (this is also where the Desert Belle Cruises depart from) and visit Precision Marine where you can rent kayaks or runabout, fishing or pontoon boats.

#37 Take a Scuba (or Mermaiding!) Classes

2245 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202 | Website

Yes, you can take a scuba class in the desert at El Mar Diving Center. They offer scuba classes for both kids (ages 8+) and adults.

You can even take mermaiding classes!

#38 Attend an Event at Belle Bank Park

1 Legacy Drive, Mesa, AZ 85212 | Website

A newer addition to Mesa, Belle Bank Park is a 320-acre sports and entertainment park and is home to Legacy Sports.

While they have youth and adult sport teams, class and other fitness opportunities, they also serve as an event and concert venue so it’s worth checking out their upcoming events.

#39 See Kid-Friendly Improv

1061 N Dobson Rd Ste 114, Mesa, AZ 85201 | Website

At JesterZ Improv, comedians request audience participation and suggestions for their acts.

There are no scripts in this 90-minute show, making every show different! This is like a “Whose Line Is It, Anyway” type of show.

Shows are even kid-friendly so it’s safe to bring everyone.

This is such a fun place whether you’re looking for a night out with friends, a date night or even taking the whole family out.

#40 Go to a Family-Friendly Unlimited Vintage Retro Arcade

4840 E Jasmine St #102, Mesa, AZ 85205 | Website

Startfighters Arcade offers an unlimited free play admission for the classic video and pinball games. You can even leave and return without having to pay again.

Starfighters considers themselves like a living museum with their 150+ classic, new and retro arcade games.

They do not offer food but snacks and drinks are available.

Come relive your childhood memories!

All The Best Things to Do in Mesa AZ

As you can see, Mesa has no shortage of fun things to do for everyone in the family. The question is, what will you do next?

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