Tempe has plenty of attractions to keep you cool and entertained all summer long. Are you looking for some arcade action? You’ll find hundreds of old and new favorite games at Dave and Buster’s, located in the District at Tempe Marketplace. Be sure to stroll through the District and enjoy the inviting water features, outdoor fireplaces, bright lights and live music.
Visit Arizona Mills Mall for shopping, dining and attractions like SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium where you’ll discover fascinating aquatic creatures. Take a selfie with a cephy at Octopus Hideout SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium’s new exhibit! Five tanks display a variety of different cephalopods, including the supersized Giant Pacific Octopus who resides in one of the largest tanks in the exhibit. You’ll also see the Common Cuttlefish, Dwarf Cuttlefish and deep-dwelling Chambered Nautilus.
You’ll have some major fun in the cool surroundings of Main Event Tempe, where you can test your skills at video games, laser tag, bowling and on the gravity rope course.
Hang ten at Big Surf, America’s original water park, open from May 2 through September 13.
See a Tony Award-winning show at ASU Gammage, the beautiful theater designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright. Shows not to be missed this summer include Phantom of the Opera, May 27-June 7 and Wicked, August 26-October 4.
Arizona’s busiest attraction, Arizona Mills, features a mile of outlet stores, retail stores, and entertainment venues all under one roof. Everyday you can take advantage of savings up to 70% off at designer and name brand stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, NIKE Clearance Store, Aeropostale, Justice, Nine West, Conn’s Home Store 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 celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014/2015.
Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, featuring the 3rd largest wave pool in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres of fun on the northern tip of Tempe, Big Surf Waterpark offers rides for the whole family, boasting children’s fun zones, surfing and boogie boarding sessions, and over 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides plus party, corporate outings and catering services! For more information and hours of operation, please visit www.BigSurfFun.com.
C2 Tactical is Arizona’s best indoor shooting range. We are conveniently located 15 minutes from the airport on I-10 and Warner Road. We offer fun and excitement for the entire family with our all-inclusive shooting packages available for all ages and experience levels. You can even step into our laser-based live simulator and enjoy defending the city against the invading zombies or save the town in our cowboy western action. Don’t miss on the fun of shooting our full-auto machine guns. We are open every day except Christmas and New Year’s.
Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. This top-rated show is “Revitalizing Magic” by blending their “Around the World in 80 Minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date-nights, anniversaries, celebrations, and special nights out. Shows take place on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center and Arizona Biltmore Resort. Carnival of Illusion is Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La!
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!
Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been plowing the waters of Saguaro Lake for over fifty years. Relax in comfort and see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls, and dramatic desert vistas. Witness the flora and fauna first-hand, as you navigate pristine Sonoran Desert canyons. Watch birds of prey soaring high on desert thermals as you photograph breath-taking desert vistas. Private cruises are also available for an unforgettable wedding, birthday, anniversary, or corporate function for up to 125 passengers. Whatever you choose, The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer.
Living museum featuring 50,000 desert plants from around the world. Enjoy tours, concerts, seasonal exhibits, special events and family activities. AAA members: 20% discount.
Stratum Laser Tag is the World’s Largest Laser Tag Arena. This 18,000 sq. ft. indoor facility features a giant labyrinth with 90 towers, bridges and ramps, 15 different levels, an intense sound system, light show and interactive targets. Stratum features an arcade, observation deck, dining area and 6 private rooms. It is an adventurous experience for adults or children through individual play, family outings, birthday parties, group functions, team-building events and company meetings.
Bringing you the perfect temperature year round and the best stand-up comedy in the Valley of the Sun. The Tempe Improv has reopened as a brand new state-of-the-art comedy theater featuring amazing food, excellent service and a first-class comedy experience. We have versatile event space to accommodate a variety of private events, parties and dinners. Comprising of over 3,500 square feet and over 450 seats, there’s never a bad view in our house! Our upcoming lineup and information on future events, specialty packages, etc. can always be viewed online.
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