8 Things To Do In Mesquite, Texas - Updated 2022

things to do in mesquite texas

Located east of Dallas, Mesquite has plenty to offer and will surely satisfy any visitor’s quest for something new. These 8 activities in Mesquite range from leisurely to adrenaline-pumping. Read on to find out about how you can learn to fly a plane over the city, try out dirt racing, or dig into a real Mesquite barbeque! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Mesquite.

1. Fly a plane at Mesquite Aviation

Mesquite Metro Airport Hangar
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user EAmesquite used under CC BY-SA 4.0

We’re starting off this list with a literal high – learning to fly a plane! For just 120 USD, Mesquite Aviation will arrange a beginner’s course in one of its aeroplanes for a 30-minute flight. Accompanied by a trained, experienced instructor, you’ll be able to sit in the cockpit and learn how a plane’s controls work. Even if you aren’t up to taking a class, feel free to inquire about Mesquite Aviation’s aerial tours. These tours operate both during the day and in the evening, each offering breathtaking views and opportunities for spectacular aerial photography. You’ll see the city of Mesquite in a whole different way.

Mesquite Aviation

Address: 1130 Airport Blvd, Suite 100, Mesquite, TX 75181

Website: Mesquite Aviation

2. Painting at Sip-n-Doodle

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

If you’ve always believed that you lacked a creative bone, come to the Sip-n-Doodle and you may leave with a new perspective. The Sip-n-Doodle strongly advocates their view that there is creativity in everyone and all you have to do is let your imagination flow. This is why their art classes are guided by their Reckless Abandon Method, where every participant is encouraged to paint whatever they feel like, in any style they like. You can even bring in a photo of what you wish to paint. Each class is around two hours, but private parties can also be arranged with prior booking.


Address: 1228 W Scyene Rd, Suite 111, Mesquite, TX 75149-3100

Website: Sip-n-Doodle

3. Dirt racing at the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience on Friday, December 11, 2020

The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience is definitely one for thrill seekers and a popular gift idea for dads and husbands. A range of packages featuring the number of laps and different car models are available, according to your preferences. Be sure to check out their promotions page for packages, like 10 laps for 99 USD. Previous guests particularly recommend Kenny Wallace’s instructors for their patience and helpfulness in finding you the right car and giving you pointers on how to control it.

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Address: 1711 Lawson Rd Mesquite, TX 75181

Website: Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

4. Watch the Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Championship Rodeo '16
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user EAmesquite used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Don’t miss catching a rodeo while in Mesquite. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is the home of incredible sportsmanship and horse-handling skills. Be amazed by the sheer tenacity of cowboys participating in bareback riding, which is much harder than it appears. Without any equipment, cowboys must hold on tight and move in tandem with the horse’s erratic motions – all while holding one hand up in the air. Delicious barbeque sandwiches are also available for a hearty snack.

Watch the Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Address: Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149

Website: Mesquite Championship Rodeo

5. Try to escape from the Xcape Adventures Mesquite

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Nails are scratching at the door and slow raspy voices are calling. Your task is trying to unlock a dusty old chest at the bottom of the ship before water floods in…is this a dream? At the Xcape Adventures Mesquite, this is a real adventure you can immerse yourself in with your friends and family. Apart from the Captain Skully Room, a whole range of other themed escape scenarios have been meticulously planned and designed to give you a real thrill.

Xcape Adventures Mesquite

Address: 2414 East Highway 80 #100, Mesquite, TX 75149, United States

Website: Xcape Adventures Mesquite

6. Roller-skating at Aloha Roller Palace

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Aloha Roller Palace on Monday, December 18, 2017

If you’ve ever watched a roller-skating movie and wanted to try out some moves, Aloha Roller Palace in Mesquite is the place for you. Its vintage-looking décor will bring older visitors back in time and give younger skaters a feel of the past. Aloha also offers classes for all levels of difficulty. Their 1 Star class covers essential skills such as getting up smoothly from a fall, while their 2 Star classes guide you through hops and jumps. For the really advanced skaters, challenge yourself in their 3 Star classes for complex manoeuvres like the “3 runs cross in both directors” and the “2 foot spin for 3 revolutions”!

Aloha Roller Palace

Address: 311 Gross Rd, Mesquite, TX 75149, USA

Website: Aloha Roller Palace

7. Zip-lining at the Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Conquer your fear of heights by speeding down a zip-line in the forest of Mesquite. Aside from zip-lines, you will also have tightropes, shaky bridges and other obstacles to tackle. The instructors will fit you out in all the necessary equipment and prepare you with utmost professionalism before setting you free in the aerial adventure course. The first step is always the scariest, but soon you will overcome any hesitation and be raring to have another go. As a side note, zip-lining is a great primer for anyone who is working up the courage to try bungee-jumping.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Address: 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, TX 75217

Website: Trinity Forest Adventure Park

8. Stuff yourself at Mesquite BBQ

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Mesquite Barbecue on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

While in Mesquite, make sure that one of your meals is a Mesquite BBQ. Operated by the Crouch family since 1959, the Mesquite BBQ prides itself on its ribs and briskets. However, don’t miss out on their amazing sides, either. The Mesquite BBQ’s loaded baked potatoes, mac and cheese and okra make for a balanced and utterly delicious meal. You can also take away the Mesquite BBQ’s own homemade “Special BBQ Sauce” – something to tide you over when cravings for Mesquite strike again.

Mesquite BBQ

Address: 145 E. Davis Street, Mesquite, TX

Website: Mesquite BBQ

Go forth and explore!

AMC 30 Theaters, Mesquite Texas
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Larry D. Moore used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Whether a frequent traveller or a first-time visitor, we hope this article has been useful in listing some of Mesquite’s many attractions. And if you happen to be on a road trip, feel free to check out our other guides to attractions in Texas.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

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