Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Get a taste of the wild west at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. This exciting rodeo arena hosts bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and other fan favorite events every Saturday night from April through September. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo has been a staple in the community since 1958, providing good old cowboy fun for both locals and tourists. Kids will especially love the thrilling atmosphere and getting to see real cowboys in action. After the rodeo, stop by the gift shop to grab some souvenirs like cowboy hats, belt buckles and bandanas. Mesquite Championship Rodeo makes for a perfect family night or group outing under the stars. Address: 1818 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149 Phone: 972-285-8777 Getting There: From downtown Dallas, take I-30 E and merge onto I-635 S via exit 55A toward US-75 S/I-45/Palmer. Take exit 1B toward I-635 S/S Belt Line Rd/Balch Springs and merge onto I-635 S. Take exit 3A for TX-352 E/Military Pkwy toward Mesquite and continue to follow TX-352 E. Turn right onto Rodeo Dr. Destination will be on the right.

Mesquite Arts Center

Discover Mesquite’s vibrant arts scene at the Mesquite Arts Center. This multi-disciplinary facility includes an art gallery, theater, meeting spaces and classroom studios in one convenient downtown location. The gallery at Mesquite Arts Center showcases the work of acclaimed local and regional artists. Mediums on display rotate throughout the year, from paintings and photography to glasswork and mixed media. The 150-seat black box theater is an intimate performance venue that hosts everything from independent film screenings to live music, dance and comedy events. The Mesquite Arts Center calendar is always full of unique happenings for arts aficionados. Address: 1527 N Galloway Ave, Mesquite, TX 75149 Phone: 972-216-6444 Getting There: From downtown Dallas, head east on I-30 E and take exit 59B toward Motley Dr. Merge onto Motley Dr and turn right onto Galloway Ave. Destination will be on the right. Limited visitor parking is available in the adjacent lot.

Trader’s Village Flea Market

For a fun day of shopping, food and entertainment, visit Trader’s Village flea market in Grand Prairie. This huge outdoor marketplace spans across over 100 acres and hosts more than 1000 vendors, making it the largest flea market in Texas. Trader’s Village has something for everyone, from fresh local produce to handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles, apparel, accessories and more. Weekends bring plenty of extra entertainment like live music, magic shows, pig races and wandering mariachi bands. The flea market is a perfect spot for scoring unique finds and people watching. There are also carnival rides and games for the kids plus ample food options like corn dogs, funnel cakes and giant turkey legs. Address: 2602 Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 Phone: 972-647-2331 Getting There: From Mesquite, take I-635 W and I-30 W to Mayfield Rd in Grand Prairie. Take exit 28 from I-30 W. Trader’s Village will be on the right.

Mesquite Historical Museum

Mesquite’s history comes alive at this charming local history museum run by the Mesquite Historical Preservation Foundation. Exhibits spotlight various aspects of the city’s past, from early pioneers to the railroad industry and founding of Mesquite’s famed rodeo. Historic artifacts on display include antique farm equipment, exquisite Victorian gowns, vintage firearms and more. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how Mesquite developed over time into the lively Dallas suburb it is today. Don’t miss the Pictures of Mesquite’s Past photo gallery showcasing over 1,000 images dating back to Mesquite’s early frontier days. History buffs will certainly appreciate this treasure trove of local culture and heritage. Address: 701 N. Main St, Mesquite, TX 75149 Phone: 972-216-6510 Getting There: From downtown Dallas, head east on I-30 E and take exit 59B toward Motley Dr. Turn right onto Motley Dr, left onto North Mesquite Dr and continue onto N Main St. Destination will be on the right. There is a small parking lot available behind the museum.

Southfork Ranch

No trip to the Dallas area is complete without a visit to Southfork Ranch, the iconic setting of the 1980s television series Dallas. Tour the Ewing Mansion, explore the ranch by tram, enjoy a picnic lunch and meet riders from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for an unforgettable Texas experience. Wander through exhibits filled with costumes, scripts and memorabilia from the show. Outdoors you can pose for photos beside the Dallas family gravestones and admire the beautiful ranch landscape, complete with gardens, horses and longhorn cattle. Southfork Ranch makes for a delightful half day visit, especially for fans of the classic series. Don’t forget your cowboy boots and hat for the full effect! Address: 3700 Hogge Dr., Parker, TX 75002 Phone: 972-442-7800 Getting There: From Mesquite, take I-635 W and I-30 W to I-35E N in Dallas. Take exit 43 for Quorum Dr/K Ave toward Dallas North Tollway and merge onto N Stemmons Fwy. Take the TX-114 exit toward Dallas-Fort Worth Airport/Grapevine and merge onto TX-114 W/John W Carpenter Fwy. Take exit 26A to merge onto I-35E N toward Denton. Take exit 441 for FM-2551/Farm to Market Rd 2551 toward Parker/Allen. Continue onto Farm to Market Rd 2551. Turn right onto Hogge Dr. Destination will be on the right.

Poteet Strawberry Festival

Each April, the small town of Poteet, Texas celebrates its reputation for growing delicious, juicy strawberries. The annual Poteet Strawberry Festival draws huge crowds who come to enjoy sweet, ripe strawberry treats, live music, carnival rides and small-town charm. Indulge in classic strawberry desserts like shortcake and pie, plus chocolate-dipped and fried strawberries on a stick. There are also fresh strawberries available for purchase by the flat or basket. Beyond the strawberry madness, festival goers will find a full carnival midway, arts and crafts show, 5K run, live concerts and plenty of food vendors. Make a day of it and don’t miss the coronation of the Strawberry Queen! Address: Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds, 1197 Dimmit Rd, Poteet, TX 78065 Phone: 830-742-3178 Getting There: From Mesquite, follow I-35E S and I-35 S to Dimmit Rd/County Hwy Spur 239 in Poteet. Take exit 103 from I-35 S. The festival grounds will be on the right.

Cedar Hill State Park

Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day immersed in nature at Cedar Hill State Park. Just a quick drive southwest from Mesquite, this scenic park encompasses over 1,800 acres of rolling hills, forested trails, a fishing pond and picturesque Lake Joe Pool. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities like hiking, biking, geocaching, boating and bird watching. Cool off with a swim at the sandy beach before cooking dinner over a campfire at one of the many camping sites. Keep an eye out for wildlife like roadrunners, bobcats, coyotes and more. With its peaceful lakeside setting just outside the city, Cedar Hill State Park makes for the ultimate urban escape. Address: 1570 FM1382, Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill State Park

Phone: 972-291-3900 Getting There: From Mesquite, take I-20 W to US-67 S/Marvin D. Love Fwy in Dallas. Follow US-67 S and take exit 420B to merge onto TX-342 W/Joe Pool Lake Rd toward Cedar Hill/Grand Prairie. Turn right onto Chapel Hill Rd, turn left onto Lake Ridge Pkwy and turn right onto N Roberta Rd. The park entrance will be on the right.

Mesquite Metro Airport

For a truly unique experience, visit the Mesquite Metro Airport for a sky-high adventure. This general aviation airport serves private and corporate aircraft and offers services like fueling, aircraft rental, hangar space and maintenance. Aviation enthusiasts can sit in the observation area and watch light aircraft take off and land on the runway. Many larger airports don’t allow visitors such close proximity to the action. Kids in particular will be thrilled to see helicopters, jets and propeller planes from up-close. The on-site American Aviation Flight Academy also provides introductory discovery flights and flight lessons. Soar above the Dallas skyline with an expert pilot and gain a new aerial perspective of the Metroplex. Address: 5000 Airport Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75150 Phone: 972-216-7148 Getting There: From Mesquite, take Lawson Rd south and turn right onto Airport Blvd. Continue west on Airport Blvd to reach Mesquite Metro Airport on the left.

Downtown Mesquite

Mesquite’s vibrant historic downtown district houses cafes, antique shops, boutiques and restaurants in preserved 19th century buildings. Take a leisurely stroll down Main and Market Streets while soaking up classic small town ambiance. Be sure to stop for a snap beside the elaborate Beaux-Arts architecture of the Mesquite Post Office. Then pop into mom-and-pop stores to hunt for hidden gems. When you work up an appetite, choose from fare like barbecue, burgers, Tex Mex and Southern cooking using local ingredients. Downtown Mesquite provides an entertaining glimpse into the city’s roots with free self-guided walking tour pamphlets also available. Don’t miss the beautifully restored Texas Theatre, dating back to 1947. Address: Main St & Market St, Mesquite, TX 75149 Getting There: Downtown Mesquite spans Main St from Galloway Ave to Oates Dr. Access via US-80/E R L Thornton Fwy, Exit Mesquite/Town East Blvd and head north on Town East Blvd to Main St.

Balloon Fest

Each September, Mesquite skies fill with colorful hot air balloons during the city’s vibrant Balloon Fest. For three days, pilots perform beautiful balloon glows and launches throughout the weekend. In the evenings, watch in wonder as over a dozen hot air balloons light up the sky during spectacular balloon glows choreographed to music. During the day, a sunrise pilot fly-in kicks off mass ascensions where dozens of balloons launch and float across the horizon. On the ground, enjoy live music, kids’ inflatables, tasty food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, balloon-themed activities and more for a joyful community festival. Address: Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Rd, Mesquite, TX 75149 Phone: 972-216-6273 Getting There: From Mesquite, take US-80 E and I-30 E to exit 62B onto US-80 E/E R L Thornton Fwy toward Terrell. Continue straight onto E U S 80 Frontage Rd and turn left onto New Market Rd. Destination will be on the left.

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