Attractions


In Mesa, Arizona it's easy to find adventure. Packed with excitement, the Mesa area offers visitors an explosion of educational, cultural and outdoor attractions. From interactive museums to Broadway musicals and old west towns , Mesa's got it all!

You'll have easy access to the area's most popular natural attractions, including Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, Usery Mountain Regional Park and area lakes. Explore the mysterious Superstition Mountains or cruise Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat .

There's no shortage of family fun in Mesa, either, with kid-friendly museums that will entertain the little ones – and your inner child, too! Hear the roar of the dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History . Let your imagination take flight by learning about vintage aircraft at the Commemorative Air Force Museum . Spark your child's creativity with a visit to the Arizona Museum for Youth . Get in touch with nature at the nearby Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden .

Whatever your preference, you'll find Mesa, Arizona reinvigorating, playful and even a bit surprising!


Sunshine and Sonoran Desert. It means you can do things here you couldn't dream of doing anywhere else.

Our mountains are in the city, so you can hike the 50 miles of trails at South Mountain, chase the legend of the Lost Dutchman in the Superstitions, see the city from Piestawa Peak, or hike our famous natural landmark, Camelback Mountain, with a red-rock profile seen throughout the city.

You can also experience the great outdoors from shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park, Kierland Commons or the Waterfront, the boutiques in historic homes in downtown Phoenix, or the vintage home and garden shops on 7th Avenue.

Want a little “wild” with your West? Chase the legend of the Lost Dutchman in the Superstition Mountains, or take a guided tour of the world's lushest desert on a horse or in a hot-air balloon.

When the sun gives way to the stars, there are many areas for nightlife . Head to see-and-be-seen Scottsdale, hang with the college crowd on Mill Avenue or stroll a First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix.

Festivals and events are almost always on tap in Greater Phoenix, so check our Calendar before planning your trip.

Rosevelt Row:

Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas are known for their shopping because of all the different options and because of the locations.

Discover new designers at local boutiques . Hunt for vintage treasures - for your home or for your closet - in the Melrose District, or cruise Central. Phoenix for gems like The Willows or The French Bee . Downtown Phoenix inspires your wardrobe with Bunky Boutique and Spoken.

If you're ready to hit the high-fashion scene, Scottsdale Fashion Square has recognizable shops and high-end stores like Barney's New York, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.

If you want to mix some sunshine with your splurging, stroll the garden-park grounds of Biltmore Fashion Park or the Main Street setting of Kierland Commons , or the European style of The Borgata . If you want to pause for an occasional laser-light show or dancing-fountain display, check out Westgate City Center.

Phoenix Convention Center:

The Phoenix Convention Center is fresh off a $600 million expansion that has transformed it into one of the largest facilities of its kind in the U.S. All told, the convention center boasts nearly 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. But size is only part of its story. Thoughtful touches include air-conditioned loading bays, exhibit halls with pre-scored floors, and outdoor meeting areas that capitalize on Phoenix's greatest natural resource — the sun.

View floorplans for entire Convention Center (.pdf)

The North Building

The four-level structure occupies a city block and boasts 635,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. It features a street-level ballroom, 11 exhibit halls, 56 meeting rooms and 20 climate-controlled loading docks.

Inside, thoughtful touches include exhibit halls with pre-scored floors for easy booth setup, an airy food court with five themed eateries, and outdoor meeting and pre-function areas that capitalize on Phoenix's greatest natural resource—the sun.

The North Building is linked to the neighboring West Building by both a glass-encased sky bridge and a substreet exhibition hall. It also showcases eight public-art installations and environmentally sensible features.

View floorplans for the North Building (.pdf)

The West Building

The West Building houses 157,000 square feet of conference-style meeting and exhibit space. Its environs include a lecture hall, a grand ballroom and an adjoining performance center—all accentuated by a striking collection of public art.

A 90-foot-high glass atrium encases the West Building's lobby, which is ideal for large receptions. The lobby's huge glass door can be raised to create a dramatic, open-air environment.

Adjoining the lobby is the grand entrance to Symphony Hall, an elegant auditorium that seats 2,300. (Another spectacular performance space, Herberger Theater Center, is located directly across the street.)

View floorplans for the West Building (.pdf)

The South Building

The South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center recently underwent an $18.5 million makeover in which no corner of the facility went untouched. Its exhibition halls, ballroom and meeting rooms have been adorned with new colors, carpet and lighting; every restroom has been remodeled; and WiFi coverage now extends to all public and rentable areas.

Over 33,000 square feet of space dedicated to this building, including 23 versatile meeting rooms and 28,000 square feet of ballroom space. The South Building also contributes to the total 143,000 square feet of exhibition space in the entire Convention Center.

View floorplans for the Sout Building (.pdf)

Big Bang

501 S. Mill Ave. Ste. B-101
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480 557-5595
Fax : 480 557-5655
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The Big Bang is Arizona's hottest dueling piano bar... request your favorite songs and experience live entertainment with attitude!

The Big Bang offers weekday drink specials and every Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm is Happy Hour! Enjoy discounted drinks, free cover, and live entertainment. We have custom-tailored parties for your special occasions. From company parties to birthday or bachelorette parties, we can accommodate them all at The Big Bang, where the audience is the show!

Come to The Big Bang, the premiere nightclub experience in The Valley of the Sun!! On the southeast corner of 5th St. and Mill Ave. in Tempe.

Sports:

Few cities are as fan-friendly as ours. From the Fiesta Bowl to Cactus League Spring Training to NASCAR to the PGA Tour, the nation's fifth-largest city plays host to some of the biggest sporting events in the world. Phoenix also fields franchises in all four major professional sports leagues, so there's always a game happening.

Some of our sports venues are fun even when there's no game in town. You can take a guided tour of University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and site of Super Bowl XLII) to learn about the inner workings of its roll-out grass field and retractable roof.

If you're a baseball fan, spring is your time to catch 13 teams all in close proximity to each other. At spring training, you can get seats close to the game, enjoy the sun with open festival seating, and get your ball signed by your favorite player. Check out maps and addresses to the field of your team.

NASCAR, Car Shows & Racing

Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., L.L.C.

3020 N. Scottsdale Road , Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale | Sports, NASCAR, Car Shows, Racing

For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional se...

Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

20000 S. Maricopa Road Gate 3, Chandler, AZ | East Valley | Sports, NASCAR, Car Shows, Racing

Located at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, the world famous Bondurant School offers exciting racecar driving programs for individual and group entertainment.

Kruse International Collector Car Auction

5540 County Road 11A , Aubum, IN | Sports, NASCAR, Car Shows, Racing

Kruse International prepares for the Grand Finale event in Arizona's busy season of collector car auctions as they head out to Scottsdale, Arizona for the 37th Annual Collector Car Auction at the Ari...

Phoenix International Raceway

125 S. Avondale Blvd. Ste. 200
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: 623 463-5400
Fax : 623 463-5501
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With an annual NASCAR weekend in November and now another every April, Phoenix International Raceway is the place to be for race fans. The track's high-speed excitement includes NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch, Craftsman Trucks and Featherlite Southwest Series races, along with the Indy cars. PIR has a tradition that is unmatched in the world of racing.

Arizona Cardinals

1 Cardinals Drive , Glendale, AZ | West Valley | Sports, Major League Teams

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Club

401 E. Jefferson St. , Phoenix, AZ | Downtown Phoenix | Sports, Major League Teams

The Arizona Diamondbacks entered Major League Baseball on March 31, 1998 and quickly secured their place in baseball history, winning the 2001 World Series against the NY Yankees in a thrilling come-...

Phoenix Suns

201 E. Jefferson St. , Phoenix, AZ | Downtown Phoenix | Sports, Major League Teams

The NBA's Phoenix Suns draw a loyal legion of fans to the US Airways Center (UAC), in downtown Phoenix. Stars like Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire lead the Suns, who have reached th...

A Balloon Experience Hot Air Balloon Company

, Phoenix, AZ | Phoenix | Adventure, Air Experience

Since 1978, 205,000 passengers have made our Sonoran Desert flight the highlight of their visit. Hotel transfers are available. Daily flights year round. Individuals and groups are welcomed. All ma...

Arizona Powerchutes

7720 E. Evans Road Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale | Adventure, Air Experience

Dreams of flying fulfilled daily! There is nothing closer to being a bird than a flight in a powered parachute. Enjoy a flight few have ever experienced. Your host, Randy Long is the only FAA certi...

Gold Coast Helicopters

6801 N. Glen Harbor Blvd. Ste. 202B, Glendale, AZ | West Valley | Adventure, Air Experience

Providing helicopter tours, charter and executive transport in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. Discounts and package deals available. For information, call, fax or email to see what we can do for yo...

Hot Air Expeditions

2243 E. Rose Garden Loop , Phoenix, AZ | Adventure, Air Experience

The Sonoran Desert is one of the foremost hot air ballooning areas in the entire world. Don't miss the opportunity to see why! Fodor's Travel Guide has rated Hot Air Expeditions as "The best bal...

Maverick Helicopters

Grand Canyon Airport, Grand Canyon, AZ | Outlying Areas | Adventure, Air Experience

Maverick Helicopters is the largest operator of the New EcoStar in the United States. In addition, Maverick has surpassed all operators with the most seats available. The new Eco Star Helicopters p...


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