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7 Fun and Easy Ways to Get Some Fresh Air in Mesquite

Did you know that Mesquite, Texas, has been a Tree City for almost 30 years? The Arbor Day Foundation designation recognizes cities that have demonstrated a commitment to spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry. Mesquite has done exactly this by planting more than 31,000 trees since 1988. So if you’re enjoying all of Mesquite’s greenery, you can rest assured that the city’s tree canopy is only going to grow — and so are the opportunities for enjoying the fresh air.

Whether you’re a Mesquite local or a visitor, the city offers a wide range of ways to get outside. From taking a stroll with your family through one of Mesquite’s many parks to hitting the links at Mesquite Golf Club on a sunny Texas afternoon, outdoor opportunities abound. Here are seven fun and easy ways to get some fresh air in Mesquite.

1. Get Active in Parks

Mesquite prides itself on offering a wealth of lush, well-maintained parks with trees, water features and endless ways for kids, adults and pets to spend the day outside. If you’ve never visited a park in Mesquite before, you’ll probably notice that the city has a lot of them—more than 60. You’ll find lots of great options for family get togethers, reunions and other events, even weddings.

A couple of the must-visit parks include City Lake Park, which offers tennis and lake views, plus its next door to the City Lake Aquatic Center. Valley Creek Park is known for its lake (perfect for fishing) and four lighted baseball fields. The Palos Verde Lake Park also has fishing piers, while Samuell Farm features shaded trails that make for pleasant hiking. Westlake Park has a pond, six lighted basketball courts, nine lighted tennis courts (six of which are indoors), an archery range and nine picnic tables.

2. Check Out a Historic Family Farm

Learn about the rich history of Mesquite at the Opal Lawrence Historical Park. This sprawling Texas farmhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1874 and actually inhabited until 1995. Visitors can also explore the Florence Ranch Homestead, built in the late 19th century, on the same property. Tours offered Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There’s also a fourth Saturday open house that takes place every month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

3. Stroll the Butterfly Trail

If getting some fresh air means you’d like to get away from sidewalks, traffic and shops, the Butterfly Trail at Paschall Park just might end up being your favorite place in Mesquite. This exquisite patch of wilderness located right in Mesquite is a walking trail that’s part of the Bruton Park-Travis Williams Greenbelt System. Take a stroll and see trees, birds and — of course — butterflies. Migration starts in October, a great time to visit.

4. Play a Round of Disc Golf

On a sunny, Sunday afternoon, there’s nothing better than meeting up with some friends for a round of disc golf. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s the perfect way to get some fresh air in Mesquite. Best of all, you have your choice of courses around town at at Paschall Park, Porter Park and Debusk Park.

There’s Paschall Park, which has 18 holes spread out among trees and creeks. Porter Park offers a nine-hole course with short, open fairways that is well-suited for newcomers to disc golf. Debusk Park is another nine-hole course set along a creek that is well-suited for those anyone looking for a challenge.

5. Take Your Bike for a Spin on the Mesquite Heritage Trail

The Mesquite Heritage Trail is the kind of place that makes you want to take your bike out for a leisurely ride. The 4.25-mile trail system features three trailheads (Americana Trailhead, Dunford Trailhead, Palos Verdes Trailhead) starting on Town Centre Drive and Franklin Drive and ending near the Greenbelt Parkway. These trails, which meander through trees and past water features, are open to bicycles and pedestrians. Whether you use them to commute or simply to wander, you’ll enjoy the journey.

6. Drop a Line at Catfish Corner

Spend the day relaxing on the grassy bank of a lake at Catfish Corner while you wait for the fish to bite. Catfish Corner is stocked with the namesake fish and has been a Mesquite community favorite among locals and visitors for more than 20 years. Whether you’re teaching your kids to fish for the first time, or you’re a pro yourself, you’ll enjoy spending time relaxing and waiting for a bite. For those who enjoy fishing, don’t forget the annual KidFish tournament at City Lake Park in March.

7. Play Golf at Mesquite Golf Club

Set among rolling hills and beautiful trees, the Mesquite Golf Club is a golfer’s favorite in town. Originally built in the 1960s, the course recently received a facelift that made the much-loved links into something even better. The renovation included the addition of Champion Bermuda greens and 20 new bunkers. After the improvements were completed in 2014, the golf club was awarded the Course of the Year by the Texas Turfgrass Association. Today, the 6,980-yard, 18-hole course is more challenging, but multiple tee locations allow for a variety of skill levels to enjoy playing. Book a tee time and spend the day playing the course while enjoying the warm weather and blue skies that make Mesquite such a wonderful place to visit — or call home.

Written by Krista Diamond for RootsRated in partnership with Mesquite CVB.

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