Like a mirage in a desert, Mesa, Arizona is a sunny oasis for anyone looking for a warm-weather getaway this spring break.
This hub of adventure is only a 20-minute drive east from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and has something to offer travelers of all ages. Kids can explore the world of pioneers by panning for gold, families can partake in the age-old tradition of catching a game during Cactus League baseball exhibitions, while adults looking to relax and unwind can enjoy wine tastings and spa treatments.
So grab some sunscreen, your trusty mitt and a handful of autograph pens, and get ready for a vacation to the Grand Canyon State.
Spring Break With Children
It’s a treat to visit one of the 10 Cactus League ballparks that host 15 MLB teams during spring training, but the real bonus comes from the spring training price tag. Fans can sit on the outfield terrace and soak up the grand old game with tickets that are far cheaper than in the regular season. Most of the Cactus League stadiums are filled with activities for kids, as well as carnival-like games, souvenir shops and autograph opportunities galore. Be sure to save your ticket stubs for discounts at activities around town.
While Jurassic Park might not be a reality yet, the animatronic dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa’s city center provides a close second for kids looking to meet a dinosaur in the flesh. Dinosaur Mountain, one of several paleontology exhibits at the museum, also offers a simulated flash flood that shows how the Arizona landscape was shaped over millions of years.
After spending a morning in downtown Mesa, families can take a 30-minute drive northeast to Apache Junction to experience the Wild West at Goldfield Ghost Town. Staged gunfights, mine tours and an authentic saloon offer a glimpse of life as a prospector in the 1890s. Horseback riding, gold panning, target shooting, zip lining and more make this gold rush ghost town a jackpot for the whole family.