Home of cool activities like Take in a game at Hohokam Stadium, Pick some fruit at Orange Patch, Bat up at Sloan Park and marvelous things to do in Mesa on Memorial Day. We've compiled some of the best activities to do in Mesa on this Memorial Day holiday.
If you are feeling in need of a little exercise but don’t want to go the whole hog then visit Hohokam Stadium in Mesa on Memorial Day, a baseball park capable of accommodating over 12,000 spectators at one time. The stadium is home to several local clubs and serves as a training ground and you can catch a game if you happen to be in town on game night. The ground is named after the Hohokam indigenous people who lived and worked on the land until the 15th Century.
For a fun and different sightseeing activity head down to the Orange Patch where you can pick your own oranges and marvel at the myriad varieties of local fruit on offer. The location boasts an orchard where guests can pluck the sun-kissed citrus fruits including grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines, as well as a farm store that is attached. If you have harvested an abundance of fruit yourself, then browse the in store creations that include pickles, sweets, and a range of preserves and jams. The Orange Patch has been in existence since the 1960s so you can enjoy the history of this location as well as the local produce available and must visit on Memorial Day weekend in Mesa.
If you are a fan of the Chicago Cubs then swing by Sloan Park in Mesa during Memorial Day, the baseball stadium at which the club train in the spring season, as well as the home of several Arizona teams year long. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people and is therefore one of the largest stadiums in all of the United States in terms of capacity as a spring training ground. Visit to catch a game and know that this is where the famous Cubs practice!
Come to Mesa Arts Center for a day or night of culture and performing arts. The center is also a campus for students studying performing arts and there are four different arts venues for shows and exhibitions that are open to the public. The building itself is a work of art and is made of steel, glass, concrete, water features, and vivid use of color. There are also features such as a sculpture garden and indoor and outdoor seating areas for performances.
As Mesa is located in the Sonoran Desert, you may feel that you are in the middle of nowhere and lacking perspective, so why not take a hot air balloon ride and glide through the sky as you observe the city from above? There are several companies located in Mesa who offer hot air balloon experiences so now anyone can sweep over the desert in majestic style, and get a bird’s eye view of the city and its location as you look over the state of Arizona.
If you feel like catching a concert in Mesa then you will need to find your way to Mesa Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre has a capacity of around 5,000 spectators which locals say make it the perfect space to feel close enough to your favorite act whilst also feeling like you are enjoying a world class event. To date the space has attracted both famous and less well known acts and is loved by Mesa residents for its location and special feature of a tiered lawn that provides excellent views for all spectators, even if you are at the back! Just check out the local listings to see who is playing while you are in town.
The Mesa Arizona Temple is a temple belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints and is famous in Mesa for its holiday lights that provide the town with a light show all of its own. The temple has a comprehensive visitor’s center that focuses in providing historical and educational information on the development of the church through videos, exhibitions, artwork, and a sculpture of Jesus Christ. Visitors are allowed and encouraged to visit the temple grounds that are staffed by volunteers within the church, and can enjoy the temple gardens as well.
If you want to explore the history of the Arizona area in more detail then head on over to the Mesa Historical Museum. Owned by the Historical Society and in operation since the 1980s, the museum is dedicated to preserving historical artifacts and memorabilia and providing visitors with a potted history of the Mesa area. To that end the museum even features a replica of a school house as well as period farming tools and an exhibit named the ‘Cactus League Experience’ that educates visitors all about the history of baseball training in Mesa.