life-in-mesa

Life in Mesa > Things To Do

Local attractions abound

City of Mesa offers no shortage of things to see and do
By Alison Stanton

Local Attractions AboundWant fun? A dash of fine arts? How about a nature hike by moonlight? You can find it all in Mesa!

Whether you’re into fossils, fairways or fashion, Mesa’s many attractions – from museums to outdoor fun and upscale shopping centers – can’t be beat. What’s even better? Most are family- and budget-friendly, so all ages can enjoy a good time.

If you’re looking for a culture fix, be sure to check out the Mesa Arts Center, the state’s largest arts center and home of the Mesa Contemporary Arts exhibition space, or step into one of the city’s local art galleries. Also nearby, you’ll find the Arizona Museum of Natural History, where you can pan for gold or sit inside a long-ago prison cell, and the Arizona Museum for Youth, where little ones can interact with art in a hands-on way. Or, head east to Falcon Field Airport to see restored warbirds, enemy artifacts and more at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum.

For the sporting crowd, Mesa offers endless opportunities. Baseball fans will cheer upon seeing Hohokam Stadium, the downtown area’s Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs as well as the home field for the Arizona Fall League’s Mesa Solar Sox. The city’s also a duffer’s delight with some 40 golf courses, including the award-winning Longbow Golf Club and Ocotillo Golf Club, with its Ted Robinson-designed, 27-hole Troon Golf championship course.

Outdoorsy types will get a kick out of Usery Mountain Regional Park and, further east into Apache Junction, Lost Dutchman State Park; just remember to always be prepared and take all necessary precautions when venturing out of doors. Also within an easy, half-hour drive of Mesa are Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes, as well as the Salt River, all of which offer a cool respite from the Valley heat and many activities such as boating, tubing, fishing and jet skiing. And, of course, in a city of Mesa’s size, there are plenty of mountain bike trails, jogging paths, tennis courts, skate parks, riding stables and hot-air balloon and off-road tour companies to keep everyone happy!

As for all the retail enthusiasts out there, they can get down to business at any number of charming, independent Main Street boutiques or live it up at the likes of Superstition Springs and Fiesta malls. Over at the open-air Mesa Riverview shopping center, it’s possible to pick up everything from a merit badge at the Boy Scouts of America Shop to a pontoon boat at Bass Pro Shops! And be sure to stroll through the upscale Village Square at Dana Park, another open-air shopping experience featuring some of the hottest names in fashion, like J. Jill and White House/Black Market, as well as a plethora of popular eateries, including TQLA and Buca di Beppo.

Get out and play!

In Mesa, it is incredibly easy to get outside and find something fun to do. Thanks to the area’s famous sunny weather and bright blue skies combined with a wide range of activities, there is no reason to stay indoors all day.

For example, if getting out and exploring what Mother Nature has to offer sounds appealing, both residents and visitors will not have far to drive before they find a wide assortment of amazing hiking and biking opportunities. The Superstition Mountains, Usery Mountain Regional Park, and Apache Trail are all easily accessible and filled with a variety of trails that vary in length and difficulty.

Those who need to rent a mountain bike to check out these locations need not worry—Mesa has plenty of bike rental shops that can help get people ready to explore on two rugged wheels. Mesa might be part of the Sonoran Desert, but there are still plenty of aquatic-themed activities to keep people busy. For example, the Salt and Verde Rivers both invite visitors to enjoy a day fishing, rafting or tubing, while the Dolly Steamboat takes people for pleasant cruises across scenic Canyon Lake.

Mesa is also home to dozens of well-manicured golf courses that are both challenging and enjoyable. From the casual golfer to those who take a day on the links very seriously, people will have no trouble finding plenty of places to play.

The city also features 57 parks and 133 basins over more than 2,000 acres. Many of these parks feature colorful playground equipment for the young and young at heart, walking and biking paths, and picnic facilities. Not far from Mesa are two State Parks: Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Lost Dutchman. Both are popular destinations with both residents and visitors to the area. From an early morning hot air balloon ride or an exciting Jeep tour to a leisurely afternoon playing tennis with friends, when it comes to opportunities to get outside and play, Mesa has it all.

Still want more? You’re in luck, because Mesa has lots more to offer in attractions! For more ideas on cool things to do in town and just a short drive away, scope out www.visitmesa.com!

 

More Bad News For GSK and Avandia

Senate Committee on Finance released a report based on a two year inquiry of Avandia. According to the report, GlaxoSmithKline was aware of the possible cardiac risks associated with Avandia years before such evidence became public. The Senate report also alleges that the company intimidated independent physicians, focused on strategies to minimize findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk, and sought ways to downplay findings that the rival drug Actos might reduce cardiovascular risk.

These wholesale nhl jerseys china actions began in 1999 when GSK, who depended heavily on sales of Avandia because its laboratories cheap nfl jerseys from china were not producing any new discoveries or products, undertook a clinical trial to see if Avandia was safer for the heart than its leading rival, Takeda’s Actos. The results were catestrophic Avandia was found to be much riskier, which (ultimately) signals the end of the drug and financial disaster. According to the New York Times, the drug giant , and were forced to come clean in 2007 when a cardiologist from cheap jerseys from china the Cleveland Clinic, using documents GSK was forced to release as part of a lawsuit, discovered the risks.

The documents directly contradict the statements by GSK officials, who cheap jerseys shop claim that the company only hid the risks starting in 2005, and not 1999 (as if this is much comfort).Articles Connexes:

their own meat and veges or make their own pizzas with the help of a chef, and there are cooking demonstrations and classes during the day.But it’s not just in its restaurants where this beautiful ship is breaking new ground there are plenty of areas with contemporary and innovative twists which are shaking up the world of cruising.The Silhouette is the latest ship in the Celebrity fleet and it cost about $900 million. We won’t be seeing it down this way anytime soon but sister ship Solstice will be sailing in our waters later in the year.We’re on board as part of a group of 2000 members of the international travel industry and press for cheap michael kors handbags a pre inaugural jaunt to check out just how shipshape Silhouette is.Over three days, we cruise down the western coast of cheap michael kors bags Italy towards Naples and back, from the port chi hair straightener of Civitavecchia, one and a half hours out of Rome. This is where the Silhouette is Michael kors handbags now based, sailing back and forth to the Holy Land until October when discount michael kors sale it moves to the United States.At capacity, the ship holds 2850
A Definitive Ranking of All 20 louboutin replica Cycles of It was but eleven short years ago when Tyra Banks, a supermodel previously known best for covering Sports Illustrated and being a star, introduced us all to the wonder of America Next Top Model. Tyra has spent her prime teaching us how to smize, cheap Michael Kors how to be on top, and how to make everything about ourselves. But not all cycles have been created equal. chi flat iron (And yes, they are cycles, not seasons. Know this.) Which had the best villains? Which had the best judges in other words, which had Andr Leon Talley? To settle this, we ranked all 20 previous cycles. Let see who still in the running towards becoming cheap Michael Kors Outlet America next top America Next Top Model cycle. Scott Judging panel changes: cycle was cheap gucci Judgepocalypse Now. Miss J? Gone. Jay Manuel as creative director? Gone. In exchange, we got Rob Evans who was a big ol nothing and the execrable addition of Bryanboy, who was supposed to represent the fans through social media. The so called "College Edition" was a non starter, and all
Articles Connexes: