The Arizona Museum of Natural History

Let’s kick things off with a must-see spot that brings out everyone’s inner Indiana Jones. The Arizona Museum of Natural History transports you back in time through ever-changing immersive exhibits and dino-mite collections of dinosaur fossils, prehistoric artifacts, and more. You’ll get to wander through ancient Native American dwellings, marvel at towering dire wolf skeletons, and learn about Arizona’s diverse geology ranging from the Painted Desert to the Petrified Forest. Rawr! True adventurers won’t want to miss the museum’s dinosaur gallery and Paleo Dig Pit. Become a junior paleontologist as you excavate fossils and inspect actual dinosaur bones. The AZ Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to let out your inner explorer, no digging for Indy’s fedora required.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 4PM

Address: 53 N MacDonald, Mesa, AZ 85201

Phone: (480) 644-2230

Mesa Arts Center

Every city’s got its artsy side, but Mesa takes theirs to a contemporary level at the jaw-dropping Mesa Arts Center. This cutting-edge venue hosts everything from Broadway musicals and dance showcases to art exhibitions and edgy indie films in their four theaters and intimate galleries. One minute you could be rocking out at a live concert, the next you’re sipping chardonnay while pondering some avant garde sculpture installations. Talk about versatile vibes! The Mesa Arts Center’s ever-rotating calendar means there’s always something fresh and culturally buzzworthy happening at this creative hub. Make sure you check their events schedule to see what traveling acts will be taking the stage during your party bus tour. Arrive to shows in style by having your team drop you off right at the center’s main entrance.

Address: 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Phone: (480) 644-6500

Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, but experiencing Mesa’s eclectic foodie scene might just win over your entire taste bud family. The Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail is a self-guided tour of locally-owned grub oasis where you can savor sips and samples from craft breweries, restaurants, urban farms and even a olive mill. With over 30 edible destinations peppered across downtown Mesa, this culinary adventure lets your food-lovin’ heart run wild. Score a free tasting pass from the Mesa Visitor Center or any participating trail stop to kickstart a one-of-a-kind party bus brew and chew tour. Fair warning, after hitting hot spots like DELL’VAGINE BISCTRO, the Mezona Wine Collective, and Cider Corps, that roaming mariachi band you booked might not be the only dining entertainment your crew needs.

Mesa Riverview Park

Sometimes you just need an afternoon of unplugged fun under the Arizona sunshine. Enter Mesa Riverview Park, where you’ll find 17 acres of lush greenery, lakes and waterfalls for the ultimate urban oasis vibes. This gorgeous setting is ideal for a picnic pit stop with your party bus crew. Rent out a shaded ramada, fire up some grills, and spend a chill day swinging on playgrounds, fishing at the lake, or venturing across the walking trails. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even spot the park’s infamous feathered residents – the famous Riverview “Geese-les” and their fuzzy little goslings. Capturing that level of cuteness on the ‘Gram is sure to make you Mesa’s most popular influencer. Just be sure to leave Momma and Papa Goose to their parenting duties from a respectful distance.

Hours: 5AM – 11PM daily 

Address: 2100 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201

Phone: (480) 644-2352

Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

Need to cool off from that blazing Arizona heat? Splish, splash the day away at Mesa’s epic indoor/outdoor Golfland Sunsplash water park. This family-friendly aquatic playground has got everything from looping water slides and a giant wave pool to go-kart racing and laser tag battlefields. That’s right, it’s two parks in one – a waterpark AND an amusement park! Don’t be surprised if your partygoers act like bigger kids than the actual kids. Between the Infinity Bowl Tailspin waterslide that rockets you through a soul-snatching 70ft freefall and the Spheredics Ropes Course that’ll leave you dizzy, there’s no shortage of adrenaline-pumping ways to make a splash at Sunsplash. Just be sure to refuel at one of their themed snack shacks and bars in between all the splishy splashy shenanigans. Spring for a day of fun in the sun by having your party bus drop you right at Golfland’s main entrance.

Hours: Open Seasonally March – October

Address: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

Phone: (480) 926-7523

Arizona Outdoor Nature Train

Grab your conductor caps and choo-choo on over to the Arizona Outdoor Nature Train! This treasured Mesa gem lets you ride the rails through the one-of-a-kind Desert Arroyo Course, a preserved riparian area that’s home to flourishing cacti, desert vegetation, birds and other cute critters. As you journey through the winding trails on colorful miniature locomotives, your train guide will point out scenic highlights and share fun facts about the local flora and fauna. The Arizona Outdoor Nature Train provides a uniquely immersive and relaxing way for nature enthusiasts to experience the desert landscape. It’s also perfect for kids (or adults) who may not be up for an extensive hike but still want an up-close look at the Sonoran Desert’s captivating beauty. Just be sure you’re ready for some charming desert delights – the rides often feature special guests like tortoise races and snake exhibitions!

Hours: Monday & Thursday – Saturday 8:30 AM – 3 PM, Sundays 11 AM – 3 PM 

Address: 16030 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phone: (480) 986-7199

Pink Tank Neighborhood

You haven’t experienced the quirkiest side of Mesa until you’ve swung through the offbeat Pink Tank neighborhood. This trendy arts district has turned alleys, walls and even old abandoned buildings into an outdoor gallery exploding with vibrant murals, street art and funky wall decor. Needless to say, it’s a Selfie Heaven on every corner. Thanks to the concentrated burst of artistic creativity, the Pink Tank area routinely hosts lively events like art markets, workshops, live music and food truck gatherings. Your party crew can spend a day exploring all the eye-catching murals on a guided walking tour or hop around the area via pedicab. However you soak in the ambiance, it’s guaranteed to be a criminally cool scene giving off major Austin vibes.

Address: Around Main St & Extension Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201

Queen Creek Olive Mill

Just a quick Uber ride away from downtown Mesa, a unique farm-fresh experience awaits at the Queen Creek Olive Mill. This sophisticated agri-tourism destination lets you tour a real working olive mill, complete with endless groves of olive trees, farm-to-table bistro fare, and even EVOO samples galore. Prepare to be delightfully overwhelmed by the invigorating aromas of freshly pressed olive oils and high-end vinegars. Any foodie group will swoon over delectable tours and tasting experiences at the mill. From taking a Pomologist-led Tree-to-Table Tour through their lush olive orchards to enjoying olive-inspired plates at their Del Patio Bistro, the Queen Creek Olive Mill promises a fresh immersion into Arizona’s blossoming culinary world. It’s a palate-pleasing hidden jewel that simply can’t be missed on your party bus agenda.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Address: 25091 N 185th Way, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Phone: (480) 888-9290

Plan Your Trip With Party Bus Mesa

These off-the-beaten-path destinations only skim the surface of all the unique adventures awaiting throughout Mesa’s quirky corners. Wherever your party bus crew decides to wander, the local travel experts at Party Bus Mesa can get you there with ease, comfort, and plenty of party-ready amenities. Call our booking team at 623-633-7401 to start planning your personalized sightseeing itinerary across Arizona’s most underrated must-see hot spots.