Whether you prefer the great outdoors, or you’re more the indoor type, Tempe has plenty of entertaining and action-packed attractions to keep you busy this summer. Hang ten at America’s original wave pool and get your thrills on exciting slides at Big Surf Waterpark. Kids can make a big splash at Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park. If you’re a video game wizard, you’ll find plenty of joy to keep you sticking around Main Event Tempe, where you can also test your laser tag, bowling and gravity ropes skills. Visit Arizona Mills Mall for shopping, dining and attractions like SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium where you’ll discover strange and exotic turtles at the new traveling exhibit,Turtle Shelter. Find more fun shopping at Tempe Marketplace and be sure to stroll through the District and enjoy the inviting water features, outdoor fireplaces, bright lights and live music. There’s also a splash pad for kids that is surrounded by outdoor seating for parents.
Arizona’s largest attraction, Arizona Mills, features a mile of outlet stores, retail stores, and entertainment venues all under one roof. Take advantage of savings up to 70% off at designer and name brand stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, NIKEFactory Store, Aeropostale, Justice, Nine West, Conn’s and many more! And while you’re shopping, check out the largest IMAX theater in Arizona and the only SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and GameWorks in the state.
ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. It is the home theater of the Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is embarking on its 50th anniversary celebration in 2014.
Keep cool all summer at Big Surf Waterpark. Attractions include Waikiki Beach, America’s original wave pool with 2.5 million gallons of water, and exciting slides like the Black Hole and Tornado Twisters. There are also areas for for toddlers and children: Bora Bora Bay and Captain Cook’s Landing. Big Surf is open from May through September. Check the website or call for hours of operation and ticket information.
Casino Arizona offers the hottest gaming action around Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, thanks to more than 900 ticket-pay multi-denominational slot machines, high-limit slots, live Blackjack and other table games and live fast-action Keno. Additionally, Starz Sports Bar offers video poker slots and numerous televisions for viewing sporting events. Casino Arizona is also home to one of the Southwest’s largest collections of contemporary Native American Art.
The very best in Vegas-style gaming—thanks to 700+ multi-denominational slot machines, more than 50 table games of Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker and Casino War—Talking Stick Resort is the place for the newest games, statewide progressives, and Arizona’s largest aggregate Keno payout of $250,000. The Arena Poker Room, the state’s largest card room, has more than 50 tables dealing Texas Hold’ em, 7-Card Stud and Omaha.
52,000 sq. ft. of fun! With private meeting rooms, billiards, three bars, a roof top patio and over 150 video, prize and simulator games. We also offer teambuilding. Whether you have a group of 10 or 2,000, Dave & Buster’s can make your next event your best event!
Living museum featuring 50,000 desert plants from around the world. Enjoy tours, concerts, seasonal exhibits, special events and family activities. AAA members: 10% discount.
Acres of pristine Arizonan foothills play host to an authentic Western adventure. Minutes from Tempe, Fort McDowell Adventures is the premier outdoor activity and event venue featuring four unique venues for weddings, corporate events, parties and celebrations for families and groups from 10 to 2,000. Enjoy Jeep tours, Segway tours, a “City Slicker Cattle Drive”, cowboy cookouts, the Tequila Bus, “da Rum Bus”, trail rides, Verde River kayaking, the Yavapai Experience cultural tour and more.
IKEA Tempe sells everything for the home all under one roof including living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, garage storage and organization, lighting, rugs, mattresses, media storage, etc. And to better help customers with inspiration, our unique shopping experience includes individual room settings and complete home displays as well as specialty shops full of home accessories. Does all that shopping make you hungry? IKEA has a casual Swedish restaurant serving breakfast for 99 cents, lunch and dinner. In addition to the famous Swedish meatballs, organic and vegetarian entrees are also available.
Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to the Mill Avenue District, provides a two-mile recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking. The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park. The park provides five miles of pathways and ample room for festivals or events, such as Ironman Arizona, various charity walks, Oktoberfest and the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival.
Discover over 100 retail, dining and entertainment offerings including Target, Gap, Bath & Body Works, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Harkins Theatres, Dave & Buster’s and so much more. Enjoy unique water features, outdoor fireplaces, bright lights and live music as you stroll through the District. Conveniently located in Tempe on Loop 101 & 202, Tempe Marketplace is just minutes from the surrounding communities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.