On Mesquite vacations, you can enjoy a part of the Old West with a friendly, small-town atmosphere, while still being conveniently close to the attractions in Dallas. Founded in 1873 as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railway, Mesquite has a rich heritage and many historic sites to explore, as well as more than 60 parks and a professional rodeo every summer. This combination of attractions makes Mesquite packages a good choice for history buffs and families alike.
Find a hotel in Mesquite near the Rows of Texas and you'll have easy access to the main shopping, dining, and entertainment districts. Restaurant Row has more than 100 restaurants, while Retail Row features a huge array of stores. Rodeo Row is home to the Mesquite Arena, where you can see the biggest shows in town throughout the year. Be sure to check the schedule at the Mesquite Arts Center, which regularly presents performances and exhibits, from symphony orchestras to theatrical productions. Get a glimpse of pioneer ranch life at the Florence Ranch Homestead, established in 1878. Another historic landmark is the Opal Lawrence House within Opal Lawrence Historical Park. The home's unusual painted ceilings depict the agricultural heritage of Mesquite. Stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery along the Butterfly Trail at Paschall Park, a hiking and biking trail flanked by pretty wildflower meadows.
Book Mesquite packages from June through August and get tickets for the major annual event in the city—the Mesquite Championship Rodeo at the Mesquite Arena. Twelve weeks of events leading up to the series finals include amazing displays of bull riding and barrel racing, and there are also pony rides and face painting for kids. The Real Texas Festival each April celebrates everything Texas, with country music performances, a car show, a barbecue cook-off, and carnival rides.
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