Mesquite is a vibrant city dotted with urban parks and colourful street murals. Downtown Mesquite is brimming with places to shop, dine and admire local art. Farmers markets, theatre performances and other community events give the city a lively feel throughout the year.
Things to do in Mesquite
The ultra-modern Mesquite Arts Centre hosts rotating exhibits and is a great place to discover local talent. Secure tickets to a community theatre show and dress up for recitals by the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. The centre also hosts performances by the high-energy Mesquite Community Band.
Front Street Station is decorated with colourful murals by local artists. On Saturdays, the venue hosts the Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market, which attracts growers from across Texas. Stock up on organic produce, baked goods and artisanal products. Food trucks will tempt you with Texan classics like BBQ ribs, chicken-fried steak and creamy “queso” dip.
Stretch your legs in Valley Creek Park, a sprawling green space popular with local families. A dog-friendly walking trail winds around the park and takes you past several lakes filled with largemouth bass and catfish. From March to October, the wildflower-strewn Mesquite Butterfly Trail attracts hundreds of bright orange Monarch butterflies.
The sprawling Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a flower-filled oasis just north of Mesquite. The gardens stretch along the banks of White Rock Lake and are dotted with outdoor sculptures and art installations. Admire perfectly trimmed topiary hedges and enjoy a moment of tranquillity in the Sunken Garden. The popular Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden captivates kids with colourful plants, learning galleries and interactive exhibits.
Getting around Mesquite
Downtown Mesquite is easy to get around on foot or by local bus. The city is a 20-minute drive from Downtown Dallas and one hour by public transport. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.