You know how people say there is nothing to do in Mesa, well sometimes it can feel that way, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do in Mesa or around Mesa. Here are some of the fun things I have done and you can do as well if you find yourself bored with time
Golfland/ Sunsplash – Cool off at Sunsplash Waterpark with 30 different attractions, or play year-round at Golfland with mini golf, race-cars, laser tag, bumper boats, pizza and arcade! Five minutes from campus, and you are there!
Stratum Laser Tag – Mesa features a huge 13,000 square foot laser tag arena, that also includes an arcade and a snack bar. It’s only ten minutes from campus.
Salt River Tubing – You park your vehicle, take a bus to a higher elevation of the river, rent inner tubes, and float down the river. Families, adventure groups, college students–all kinds of people from all walks of life join this floating party. Only 30 minutes away from Benedictine at Mesa.
Go to Saguaro Lake – About 45 minutes away from Mesa, you can go cliff diving, boating or just relax under the sun.
Bowl at Brunswick: $10 gets you two hours of Cosmic Bowling (Be aware of times as they do varies), shoe rental, great contests with prizes and more.
Skateland – High-energy spot for roller skaters to skate and have a fun time while doing it with a snack bar, arcade as well.
Jumpstreet in Chandler – no not the movie, it’s an indoor trampoline park; unique and fun activity center
Riverview Park - Only ten minutes from campus, check out the brand-new Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility. Take a walk, ride your bike, or have a picnic at the park where you can climb the 60 Foot Genesis Climbing Tower, 60 foot long caterpillar mesh rope climbing structure.
Tempe Town Lake – right across from ASU Sun Devil Stadium, you can walk the park, ride your bike, row a boat, or rent a paddle boat. Great scenery
Hike one of the many mountains in the valley!! Camelback Mountain, Squaw Peak, South Moutain or the Superstition Mountains are all about 20 minutes away from campus. Just make sure to take water!
Now if you want to get out of town and drive a few hours into cooler temperatures there are options…
Slide Rock in Sedona - It gets its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek, a must during your college experience be sure to bring lots of water, swimming shoes and be prepared for freezing, yet refreshing water.
Day Trip to Payson/ Flagstaff Winter Time for snow:) – It’s hot here a lot of the time, and sometimes it’s great to get up to the mountains and see the green surroundings and explore what other Arizona cities or towns have to offer.
Any of these options should be fun ways to take up some time and learn more about Mesa, the East Valley and Arizona.