Things to Do in Mesquite
When it comes to activities, Mesquite is among the top Texas destinations you are likely to find. The city boasts a wide variety of entertainment and diversions, from classic pastimes to ultra-trendy outings. So whether you're only here for the day or stretching out for a good long while, your days and nights will be filled with memorable moments. The following are just a few suggestions for the best things to do in Mesquite.
The Mesquite Arena
Mesquite Arena is home to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo (June-August), Mesquite Outlaws Soccer League (November-March), as well as large concerts and special events. For more than 60 years, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has entertained families with thrilling rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping. The rodeo includes full-scale sports production to highlight all the action, a private VIP club serving Texas BBQ, and the Fan Zone. Beginning at 6 p.m. the night of a rodeo, visitors can come onto the arena floor, interact with rodeo participants, and try out their rodeo skills. For children, the Fan Zone includes free pony rides, stick horse barrel racing, and bounce houses, photo opportunities with contestants, and talent. Dine on delicious barbecue dinner at the onsite BBQ pavilion and much more. The Mesquite Arena has recently evolved into a top-notch concert facility hosting thousands for acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, the Temptations, and Mark Chestnutt. Purchase your tickets for an unforgettable Texan experience.
Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall
Visitors can look forward to attending an expo or tradeshow at the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Mesquite Arena, home to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo and Mesquite Outlaws F.C. team and connected to the Hampton Inn and Suites. The convention center and hall offers 65,000 square feet of event space and tradeshow area. Be sure to check out the calendar at VisitMesquiteTX.com to see the next fun event at the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall.
Mesquite Arts Center
Be sure to make the thriving Mesquite art scene a stop on your next stay. The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and the Mesquite Community Band consistently performs a dynamic and moving season every year. An evening at the symphony makes for the perfect date night. The Mesquite Community Theatre always brings laughs and nostalgia through a variety of productions. The Mesquite Arts Center also plays host to many free music concerts, art exhibits, and programs during the year.
Take in Texas History
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Opal Lawrence Historical Park highlights the agricultural lifestyle of one of Mesquite's earliest families. Explore the late 1800s barn and nature trails in the surrounding areas. Continue traveling through time with a visit at the Florence Ranch Homestead, an outstanding example of late 19th century rural Texas architecture and early pioneer ranching. There is also a beautiful turn of the century church to visit on site.
Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment
Mesquite offers more than 3 million square feet of retail and shopping at the intersection of IH-635 and I-30 with Town East Mall as the centerpiece. Anchored by many major retailers, including Dillards, Macy's, JCPenney's, and Dick's Sporting Goods, Town East Mall is a premier shopping destination. With almost 200 stores and a lively food court. It is one of the largest malls in the eastern Texas area drawing in shoppers from throughout the region. Shop till you drop at Market East Shopping Center, which includes many other retailers, including Target, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Michaels, Ulta, Homegoods, and Kirkland's. While you enjoy the enormous amount of shopping available in Mesquite, take a break to satisfy any craving from Tex-Mex to Greek with more than 140 restaurants, including a few Zagat rated eateries. Enjoy shopping in Downtown Mesquite and catch ‘The Marketplace’ Artisan and Farmers Market in the Heritage Square from April-November. If you crave an adrenaline rush, check out Devil's Bowl Speedway for a chance to see the boxcars whip around the track. If you are brave, purchase a Pit Pass to be right in the middle of the action. Mesquite is full of many options to pack a fun-filled weekend.
Mesquite Parks and Outdoors
Mesquite is the ideal setting with more than 70 parks and plenty of outdoor places to explore. Set up a family picnic in picturesque City Lake Park that encompasses 20 acres, covered picnic pavilions, and a little league baseball field for your next family reunion or the perfect outdoor birthday party. Paschall Park is one of Mesquite's most popular green spaces and home to several city festivals, including the popular Summer Sizzle. Camp Rorie Galloway is the perfect location for company retreats and family reunions with a large picnic pavilion, kayaking, zipline, and a ropes course. Play some rounds at the award-winning Mesquite Golf Club, which features 18 holes across 154 acres for a great day of golf. If traditional golf is not your thing, try out the disc golf courses found in Porter Park, Debusk Park, and Paschall Park. Bike, jog, or walk the Mesquite Heritage Trail that encompasses three trailheads and more than four miles of walkways, incorporating an exercise station and access to restaurants and shopping. Dive in at City Lake Aquatic Center, Vanston Pool, and Town East Pool. Find fun splash areas, daring water slides and diving boards to cool off from the Texas heat. Travis Williams Softball Complex hosts high school and collegiate tournaments throughout the year. Enjoy the sand volleyball courts in Town East Park and Evans Recreation Center. Soccer enthusiasts can play a game of fútbol on fields at Eastfield College and throughout the City.
Downtown Mesquite is your destination for authentic local flavor. Whether it be in the form of artisan-made goods at ‘The Marketplace’ Artisan and Farmers Market held April-November, family-owned restaurants, and stores or fun neighborhood events. As an official Texas Main Street Designee, Downtown Mesquite is blossoming with new developments and emerging as a destination for all travelers.
Dining: A Melting Pot of Food Choices
Eat like a local at Zagat-rated restaurants like Yia Yia's House of Gyros, Athenos, and Mesquite Diner, or revel in the flavor of the island at two Caribbean restaurants: Reggae Wings and Tings and Jamaican Cook Shop. Experience the falling-off-the-bone magic of Texas BBQ at Mesquite BBQ (also Zagat-rated), a family restaurant in operation for over 60 years, or try the chopped beef-stuffed baked potato and banana pudding at Slabs. Head to Posados and El Fenix for Tex-Mex, and J.C. Burger Bar and Snuffers for American.
Mesquite, TX 75149