Mesa Travel Guide

  • A glorious day in the Arizona desert
    A glorious day in the Arizona desert
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Mesa Things to Do

  • Truth

    This last sculpture is of a newsboy selling newspapers with the headline "Truth". If only. This nice sculpture was created by artist James Muir of Greer, AZ.

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  • The Citrus Grower

    This is another of my favorites and shows the comfort of a simpler life. The Citrus Grower (Harvey Wood) was created by artist Art Norby of Carefree, AZ.

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  • Teaching Children Since 1878

    This sculpture is located just outside the offices for the Mesa Public Schools and honors all teachers since the first one arrived in Mesa in 1878. It was created by artist James Avati.

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  • Polar Bear and Cubs

    This sculpture was created by Salt Lake City artist Dollores Shelledy to draw attention to the polar bear which is listed on the endangered species list.

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  • Learning Together

    This beautiful and touching sculpture of a boy and his dog was created by artist Jeff Carol Davenport from nearby Chandler, AZ.

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  • John "Pete" Peters

    This sculpture of John "Pete" Peters, a local builder and businessman, was created by Rusty Bowers and was donated to the collection by the Western Block Company.

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  • Humpty Dumpty

    Humpty Dumpty here was created by Minneapolis artist, Kimber Fiebiger. I wonder if there is any significance that this one was placed by a government building

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  • Hot Bread

    This sculpture was created by Rusty Bowers and is of Hattie and Clarence Wolfswinkle. It was comissioned by their family.

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  • Dancers

    These slightly stylized Indian Dancers were created by local artist Mark Martis and face each other across Main Street.

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  • An unexpected good time

    My grandparents took us to eat here on our first full night in Mesa. My sister and I, generally having different tastes in restaurants and entertainment than our grandparents, were skeptical to say the least. The place is a popular favorite of the large retiree population which winters in the area of Mesa, but it was for a good reason. The food was...

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  • Good Spicy Food

    If you are looking for more of a sit down restaurant, and you have a hankering for spicy; try Nunthaporn's. It is also located on Main Street in the old/tourist district. Try one of the Thai Curry Noodle dishes if you like spicy!

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  • Nice Italian Deli

    If you are downtown and want a light lunch, Cucina di Vita is a pretty authentic Italian deli with nice sandwiches (panini), soups, salads, pasta and pizza. Friendly people too!Note though that VERY few places in the downtown/Main Street area seem open for dinner. Try the Buffalo Chicken Wrap!

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  • Nice and simple dishes

    A bistro is a small dining restaurant decatur serving simple food and wine. A bistro can be French, Italian, American or Australian, offering simple, convenient fare at reasonable prices. A bistro may serve restaurant dining with wonderful decatur, gourmet, dine, breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, with tasty, simple dishes such as sandwiches,...

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  • Mexican Flair

    The food was good, especially the chips and salsa they brought out first. The burrito I had was big and hearty, with enough for more than one meal. They have about 5 locations around Phoenix regioin Burrito was full of pulled pork meat and good sauce on top with cheese

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  • Sourdough Pizza

    The pizza we had was just "okay" but not outstanding. This is a family type restaurant, and has a variety of choices, but most all are Italian flavor. Besides the pizzas, there are meatball and Italian sandwiches, and pastas. Prices ranges were $7-9 for most items. Our loaded pizza was $20, and most cost $15-20 range. We only had the pizza-and it...

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  • Great For a Meal or Some Wine

    Il Vinaio is an elegant but still kinda casual retsaurant on Main Street. Probably the best dining option in this part of town for dinner (so I have heard). I had already eaten so I just stopped here to check out the wine. I liked my glass of Gagliardo Villa M Blanco Moscato D'Asti. They have a Gluten free menu for those with that dietary...

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  • Sports Bar With a Great Menu

    Kirk's has a surprisingly extensive menu for a bar and grill. There are plenty of TVs for watching sporting events, and some very cute waitresses. Happy hour 4 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and all day Sunday. Good selection of bottled and draft beers and good Margaritas.Try the Range Style Chili. Casual.

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  • Very Unique Bar and Grill

    Monsterland is a very unique bar and grill that has been featured on numerous TV stations in Arizona and on the Food Channel. Entrance is gained through a dark, twisting hallway lined with posters from classic monster movies and with life-sized mannequins of the Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein's Monster. The dress code gets pretty wild on costume...

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Mesa Shopping

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    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    First thing one will notice about Mesa Thrift is, how well structured the shop is, how neat, and well preserved its items are. All of the slightly used articles, clothes, pottery, furniture etc. etc. are just nice, neat, and cheap too. Found there a wonderful Texas mug. The store has much space, and its entry is easy accessible for customers with wheel chair. Comfortable parking spot right in front of the door. Salesladies were very friendly as American salesfolks are always very friendly.

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Mesa Local Customs

  • Join a golf club-Arizona Golf Resort

    This was one of the first and original gold clubs in Mesa, back about 40 years ago. Now most members are aging and replacements fewer. Non members can golf on the premises, and eat in the restaurants

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  • Community Home Life

    Side by Side for miles, these community home residents and mobile home parks abound. They line up for miles on end, and prices range from generally $150,000-200,000 for homes, and $40,000-70,000 for mobile homes. There are about 200,000 residences in Mesa, and much retail to support the need. It appears that there are 20-30% mobile homes in...

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Mesa Warnings and Dangers

  • Mass transportation?? What's that???

    Mesa, like the entire Valley of the Sun, has next-to-nothing in the way of mass transit. If you are going to visit, you must rent a car or befriend a retiree who has nothing to do all day but ferry you around (and there are plenty of those driving around in their late-model Buicks from October through May). Also, the whole city is very spread out...

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  • Snake bite

    Beware of the snakes when walking around in the desert.There are many areas in the city and around the area that have desert landscapes for yards and for decorations. This is done to keep water usage down. However, this type of area also provides a perfect place for the desert animals to live.You WILL find snakes under rocks and in the bushes in...

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Mesa What to Pack

  • by Sexybear Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For those of us who live in Mesa it gets cold in the winter, but if your visiting bring summer clothes no matter what time of year it is. Me and my husbands first time out here was in late Nov. and we went swimming on Thanksgiving day!Now ofcourse it is too
    cold, but not if you're visiting.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The only downfall is the snakes and scorpians if your out hiking make sure you are prepared with a first aid kit and DO NOT GO ALONE OR LEAVE THE PATHS.

    Photo Equipment: A ton load of film. People don't think there is much to see in the desert but TRUST ME IT IS VERY PICTURESQUE!

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Mesa Off The Beaten Path

  • Falcon Field RAF training 1941-1945

    Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona was the home of No4 British Flying Training School between 1941-1945 flying Stearmans and Harvards. see http://www.mesaaz.gov/falcon_field/pdf/praised.pdfAll that is left of those days is the swimming pool & BBQ, and a chimney breast which was part of the cadets lounge. A number of ex RAF pilots visit the airfield and...

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  • Desert Sanctuary Garden - Mesa Temple

    A small desert botanical spot perfect for meditation or simple pleasure on the grounds of the Mesa Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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  • Lost Dutchman State Park

    Camping and hiking among the giant saguaro cactii outside of Mesa, AZ. It's a cheap, fun, and romantic way to get in touch with nature after enjoying a Spring Training game.The sunsets are beautiful, campfires are allowed, shower facilities on-site - look out for pseudo-scorpions!

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  • Mesa and Kids

    Mesa has been designated a "Playful City USA" again by KaBOOM an organization dedicated to bringing play into kid's lives. Mesa is probably the most kid-friendly city in the valley. Make sure you don't miss the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa. It is a Fine Arts Museum designed for kids.

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  • Visitor Center

    This seemed like a "second thought for the city" The center is located about two blocks from corner of Main & Center streets, and in one the administrative buildings. We went there for information, but it seemed like the employees knew little about what is in the city, and more focused on city admin business. Or, in other words, they took visitors...

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  • Mesa and sun

    Mesa is a very nice town that has more stores than any place I have been to in some time.It looks like there is one store for every two people in town.The city has done a very good job of using the local plants for decorating the roads and public areas and keeps the water use down. The sunsets seen while we were there were very nice.

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