City Orientation Walk, Mesa (Self Guided)

Mesa, Arizona is big on religious sites; the grandest of them is undoubtedly Temple. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Arizona Museum for Youth and the Arizona Museum of Natural History, to mention but a few. The local cultural scene is just as diverse and includes the Mesa Arts Center, featuring theater, musicals and contemporary art. If you wish to explore Mesa in its variety, follow this orientation walk and visit the most notable local attractions.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Mesa (See other walking tours in Mesa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: vickyc
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Mesa Convention Center

1) Mesa Convention Center (must see)

The Mesa Convention Center is a large and modern building in the very heart of the city. It has a large space where different temporary, public exhibitions are held. It is open to visitors from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
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Mesa Amphitheater

2) Mesa Amphitheater (must see)

Mesa Amphitheater is in a great location in the city. It is a cool, outdoor concert venue with a small park around it. There are different plays as well as modern and classical live concerts that are performed here. The theater boasts good acoustics. There is a beer garden near the theater. The amphitheater is designed in such a way that every seat is 175 feet from the stage; it is a rather large theater that can accommodate 4,200 people. Mesa Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Shakespeare Company sometimes give performances here.
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Catholic Church

3) Catholic Church

Catholic Church is the church that boasts a very attractive building architecture, built in a modern style. There is a beautiful Madonna Hall where wedding events are held. The church is attended by a great variety of people of Latin, Korean and American origin.
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Queen of Peace School

4) Queen of Peace School

Queen of Peace School is a modern and beautiful school in the center of the city. At the entrance to the school you will see a statue of the Virgin Mary with her son in her arms and the statue of an Angel, very tender and fragile in appearance. The statues are located in front of the school.
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Arizona Museum of Natural History

5) Arizona Museum of Natural History (must see)

Arizona Museum of Natural History, or Mesa Southwest Museum, is a natural history museum that exhibits the natural and cultural history of the Southwestern United States. It was founded as a small museum in Mesa City Hall in 1977 with a small collection of Arizona artifacts, in a building designed by Lescher & Mahoney and built in 1937 with WPA funds, that originally housed Mesa City Hall, municipal courts, city library, police and fire departments.

The main museum complex is currently about 74,000 square feet, of which about 46,000 square feet are dedicated to exhibitions containing a collection of about 60,000 objects of natural history, anthropology, history & art, with approximately 10,000 historic photographs. The Museum's exhibitions include a three-story indoor waterfall, a real territorial jail, and a recreation of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

The Southwest Gallery consists of a native peoples’ gallery, with exhibits about Paleoindian big game hunters and gatherers, the first inhabitants of North America, and the Desert Cultures that developed later. The Paleontology Section, which is the study of past life, is the primary emphasis of the Natural History Section of the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The Natural History Section explores, excavates, records, prepares, conserves, and researches the fossil resources in the collection at AzMNH. The Anthropology Section of the Arizona Museum of Natural History conducts research and develops exhibitions on Native American cultures and the archeology of southern Arizona. Archeology has been a major focus of the museum since its inception in 1977.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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First United Methodist Church of Mesa

6) First United Methodist Church of Mesa

First United Methodist Church of Mesa is an Evangelic church in a large, modern building in Mesa. It has a spire topped with a cross and is very beautiful inside. This church boasts very good acoustics and has a great organ. The choirs and bands of the church are very popular and well known for the good music they produce.
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Mesa Arts Center

7) Mesa Arts Center (must see)

The Mesa Arts Center is a performing and visual arts complex located in downtown Mesa. At more than 210,000 square feet, the $95 million facility, completed in 2005, is the largest comprehensive arts campus in the state. The Mesa Arts Center encompasses four performance venues, from the intimate 99-seat Farnsworth Studio Theater to the 1,600-seat Ikeda Theater. The center is also home to the Mesa Contemporary Arts, which houses five art galleries with 5,500 square feet of exhibition space. The facility also features 14 unique visual and performing art classroom studios. Multi-use areas throughout the campus provide both indoor and outdoor gathering and presentation spaces.

The architecture of the entire complex is primarily post-modern, with sharp, jagged angles, canted walls, sloping roofs, glass walls, and a reflection of the local vernacular in both colors and materials. The introverted campus is inspired by a geode, and guides pedestrians from the outer concrete walls to a central space of glass, water, and color. The complex was designed by Boora Architects of Portland, Oregon in associations with DWL Architects + Planners, Inc., of Phoenix, Arizona. Martha Schwartz Inc. served as landscape architect for the project.

Operation hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mesa Shakespeare Company

8) Mesa Shakespeare Company

Mesa Shakespeare Company is a place where you can watch Shakespeare’s works and classical literary masterpieces on stage. The actors are professionals in their domain and play famous Shakespearean characters, but at the same time make a link with contemporary reality and problems. They perform in such a way that they create a truly theatrical experience. It was organized in 1994 and its aim is to emphasize education and render Shakespeare accessible to the audience.
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Arizona Temple Visitors' Center

9) Arizona Temple Visitors' Center (must see)

Arizona Temple Visitors' Center offers some wonderful attractions. It is set in a beautiful greeny area with picturesque citrus trees, cacti and palms. Inside one can see an extremely beautiful statue of Jesus Christ called The Christus, that was created by a Danish artist. There are also murals and displays.
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Mesa Arizona Temple

10) Mesa Arizona Temple (must see)

Mesa Arizona Temple is the greatest religious sight in Mesa and was founded by Mormon pioneers. This is the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a huge Temple built from concrete, with 130 tons of steel. On the outside, the building features glazed egg-shell colored terracotta tiles. There are ponds at the Temple and the building is reflected in the waters. When it is dark, all illuminations are reflected and this creates a very beautiful sight. The architecture of the temple is a modification of classic style combined with features of pre-Columbian temples and the Temple of Herod.
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Pioneer Park

11) Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is located opposite the famous Arizona Temple. It is a pleasant greeny area in the center of the city. You can see an old locomotive that dates back to 1912; it is an icon and historical landmark that brings pride to the city of Mesa. There is a fence around the locomotive because there were cases of damage done to the train; you can see it from East Main street. There are also different public facilities like playgrounds, horseshoes, basketball and volleyball courts and others.

Walking Tours in Mesa, Arizona

Create Your Own Walk in Mesa

Create Your Own Walk in Mesa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mesa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Mesa

Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Mesa

You can find some interesting attractions for the whole family in Mesa. There are several wonderful entertainments like amusement parks with activities for both adults and kids, a place for shooting where people enjoy going with their families, art galleries and delicious food for everyone. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular family hangouts in Mesa.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Cultural Walking Tour of Mesa

Cultural Walking Tour of Mesa

Mesa has many exciting cultural attractions that are located mainly in the center of the city. To acquire insight into the cultural background of this city, you should visit its museums, art galleries with collections of local artists, concert halls and theaters, as they will teach you about the history of the city. Take this self-guided tour to explore the cultural life in Mesa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Mesa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Mesa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Mesa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.