Fun Places to Go in Mesquite, TX

by Jeffrey Norman

Mesquite, Texas, might not have the appeal of large Lone Star State cities such as Dallas or Austin. But Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas, has a varied selection of fun events for young and old. Visitors to the city will appreciate Mesquite's charming balance of exciting experiences with more traditional activities.

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Mesquite Pro Rodeo

If you're in the mood to see barrel races, bull riding, calf roping and other rodeo events, head to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo (mesquiteprorodeo.com). MPR has entertained visitors for more than 50 years, and every Friday and Saturday evening in the summer there is a new rodeo show. Mesquite Rodeo emphasizes a family atmosphere, which translates into a safe and inviting atmosphere. Cowboy autographs, pony rides and a petting zoo round out the offerings at the rodeo.

Celebration Station

Go-karts, arcades, bumper boats and other mainstays of classic amusement parks are featured at Mesquite's Celebration Station (celebrationstation.com). The family can head here in order to satisfy everyone's craving for fun and excitement. In the summer, the Station is open as late as 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Paintball and laser tag also are activities at Celebration Station, which is a popular venue for birthday parties.

Butterfly Trail

Exercise your attraction to nature with a visit to Mesquite's Butterfly Trail Beautification Project, which is in Paschall Park (cityofmesquite.com). Although the trail is technically open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., you definitely should visit in the daytime in order to enjoy the beauty of the butterflies in action. The trail is situated along a hiking and biking route if you would like to get some exercise.

Devil's Bowl Speedway

Satisfy your inner speed demon at Devil's Bowl Speedway (devilsbowl.com). The race-car experience is on a dirt track, which measures one-half mile. Major racing events take place consistently throughout the year on the speedway, such as the Annual Winter Nationals in October, which features Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars.

About the Author

Jeffrey Norman has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has been published in such journals as the "Leland Quarterly" and on the blog, An Apple A Day. Norman earned a Bachelor of Arts in literature and creative writing from Stanford University.