Top Attractions for First Time Visitors

With its prime location east of Dallas and south of Interstate 30, Mesquite is convenient to the Metroplex while retaining its own distinctive identity. Here are some of the top attractions to check out on your first visit.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

You can’t come to Texas without taking in a rodeo! For an authentic taste of the Old West, head to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. This professional rodeo hosts events every Friday and Saturday night from April through September. Watch professional cowboys compete in thrilling events like bull riding, steer wrestling, and calf roping under the Friday night lights. On Saturdays, enjoy a BBQ dinner before the rodeo kicks off. With its family-friendly atmosphere and affordability, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo is a quintessential Mesquite experience.

Poteet Strawberry Festival

Each April, Mesquite celebrates the juicy, red Poteet strawberry with a community festival. The annual Poteet Strawberry Festival has been bringing families together since 1948. Today, it spans over 10 days and features delicious strawberry treats, live music, a carnival, arts and crafts fair, parades, and more strawberries than you can imagine. Stop by for strawberry pizza, strawberry salsa, chocolate-covered strawberries and of course, strawberry shortcake. Celebrate the berry harvest at this beloved community event.

Mesquite Arts Center

Discover Mesquite’s creative community at the Mesquite Arts Center. See an original production at the intimate Black Box Theater, view stunning works by local artists in the gallery, or sign up for an enriching class in the visual, performing, or culinary arts. Children will have a blast expressing themselves in the ArtStart program. With concerts, drama camps, art exhibits, and special events, there’s always something happening here. Feed your creative spirit at this local arts hub.

Southfork Ranch

Fans of the iconic TV show Dallas won’t want to miss Southfork Ranch, the famous setting of the classic series. Tour the Ewing Mansion with its gun and liquor collections, then stop by the gift shop for show memorabilia. Outside, snap a photo in front of the pool where the opening credits were filmed. Don’t forget to sample homemade peach ice cream – J.R. Ewing’s favorite! Whether you loved watching the drama unfold at Southfork Ranch on-screen or you’re new to Dallas, this attraction offers a unique glimpse into television history.

Mesquite Historical Museum

Travel back in time at the Mesquite Historical Museum. Housed in a restored 1909 railroad depot, this museum tells the story of Mesquite from its founding in the 1870s to today through engaging exhibits and displays. Get to know prominent pioneers like city founder R.S. Kimbrough and Sarah Hanna, the “Mother of Mesquite.” Learn about Mesquite landmarks like the famed Rodeo Hotel. With its wealth of artifacts and photographs, the Mesquite Historical Museum vividly brings local history to life.

Trader’s Village

Searching for unique treasures and bargains? Head straight to Trader’s Village. This family-oriented flea market contains around 1,000 open-air booths selling everything from handmade crafts and clothing to toys, tools, and collectibles. Grab lunch from one of the on-site food vendors while you shop. With acres and acres to explore, you never know what fun finds you’ll uncover. Trader’s Village perfectly captures Mesquite’s entrepreneurial spirit.

How to Get Around Mesquite?

Now that you know the top sites and happenings, let’s discuss the best ways to get around this bustling community. Here are your transportation options for exploring Mesquite like a local.

Public Transportation

Mesquite is served by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the public transportation system of Dallas and its suburbs. Several bus routes run through Mesquite and connect to destinations throughout the Metroplex. Routes 278, 527, and 549 all service Mesquite with stops at the Mesquite Arts Center, Mesquite Arena, Town East Mall and more. DART also operates the Green Line light rail which connects Mesquite to downtown Dallas. Fares start at $1.50 for a local bus ride and $2.50 for light rail. Before your trip, study DART maps and schedules so you can plan the most efficient routes. The DART GoPass app also helps you navigate the system like a pro. For major sights, DART is an affordable way to get around Mesquite and beyond.

Taxis and Rideshares

When you need quick, direct transportation, taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft are useful options in Mesquite. These services are available on-demand 24/7. Simply request a ride using their mobile apps or call the taxi company, and you’ll be picked up within minutes. Fares vary but are generally reasonable for shorter trips within Mesquite. Taxis can be hailed from the street if you see an available cab with its light on. Key spots to catch a taxi downtown include Mesquite City Hall, the Mesquite Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Mesquite Arts Center. Rideshares are only available through their apps. Choose taxis or rideshares for personalized service getting around town.

Charter Buses

For group transportation or an out-of-town excursion, charter bus rentals are the way to go in Mesquite. Charter buses conveniently pick your group up at your location and safely transport you directly to your destination. This is ideal for events, when parking is limited. Groups have the bus to themselves, making it easy to stay together. Charter buses range from small 14 passenger buses to 56+ passenger motorcoaches. Select your vehicle size based on your group and reserve luxury features like reclining seats, WiFi, electrical outlets, and restrooms. Mesquite Party Bus Company has a large fleet to meet your group’s needs, whether you’re a family, school, church, team, or business. Relax on board while your professional driver navigates Mesquite.

Ready to Get Started?

Ready for your own memorable Mesquite experience? We hope this visitor’s guide inspires you to explore the unique attractions that make this Dallas suburb so special. From the Saturday night lights at the rodeo to uncovering hidden gems at Trader’s Village, Mesquite offers unbeatable Texas hospitality and charm. While you take in the sights and flavors, getting around town is a breeze with public transit, rideshares, and charter bus rentals. Have more questions or need help arranging group transportation? Contact Mesquite Party Bus Company at 682-204-6663 for friendly, expert assistance. We’re here to make your first visit to Mesquite easy, enjoyable, and full of that signature Texas spirit. Y’all come back now, ya hear?