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Best Museums for Kids

Gone are the days of keeping quiet and not touching anything at a museum. I remember going on field trips to museums when I was a kid. They were fun, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was the best day of my life. It was hard to relate to and nothing felt like it was […]

Big Surf Waterpark is big summer fun

Summer is almost here and if you live in the greater Phoenix area, you know what that means: you’ll be spending many of your weekends at Big Surf Waterpark, which officially opens for the new summer season on Saturday, May 9. Find information about hours of operation and seasonal passes here. On Big Surf’s deal […]

House of Tricks: an oasis in Downtown Tempe

By Angela MunizPhotos by Mark Lipczynski Given its tucked away setting, it’s easy to believe House of Tricks is named for the way it plays on the mind like an oasis—a touch of green in Downtown Tempe’s growing urban landscape. The restaurant now includes a signature bar wrapped around a tree on the deck that […]

Try Scramble in Tempe

Without question, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I have a list of places where I love to start my day, but I also like discovering a new spot for breakfast. I’ve found my new happy place at Scramble, a new addition to Tempe’s dining scene.  Scramble in Tempe is located at Lakeshore Drive and Baseline Road, […]

Contemporary art thrives in Metro Phoenix

It’s safe to say that Phoenix has a thriving contemporary art scene. Do a Google search for contemporary art in the Phoenix Metro area and the well-established art museums  appear, but also dozens of private galleries pop up. From the Roosevelt Row District in central Phoenix to the surrounding East Valley cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, […]

Experience Arizona on a Guided Tour

In Arizona, the possibilities for experiencing the great outdoors are unlimited. Arizona has an abundance of beautiful, scenic, interesting and just plain fun places for you to explore via many different modes. You can choose to see the sights on foot, mountain bike, ATV or river boat, in a jeep, van or hot air balloon. […]

Ring in the New Year in Tempe

It’s time say farewell to 2018 and ring in 2019. Tempe has all kinds of fun events planned with live music, DJs, festive dinner menus, champagne toasts and kids’ activities. Here’s a list of top picks for where to celebrate the night away on New Year’s Eve in Tempe. And, to make sure that your night on […]

Shopping in Tempe with a Holiday Twist

With just one week to go before Christmas, it’s now or never to finish that last minute shopping and enjoy a few holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season. Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace and Downtown Tempe have both – great shopping and fun events – what could be better? Photos with […]

Try something new in Tempe

Tempe is a city that can’t easily be defined. It’s not just a place for those who are interested in arts or athletics, food or festivals; it’s a place for all. Including those who are looking to do something out of the norm and do something a little more edgy.  Here are some creative options […]

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade is holiday magic

NOTE: this event has been cancelled for December 2020. For many, the holiday season is all about creating memories and sharing traditions with others. In Tempe, we have our own traditions that spark holiday spirit. Visiting Tempe is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. One of the most anticipated holiday events in Tempe […]

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Music

By Delaney Wood Music has always been an integral part of my life. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood include sitting next to my Grandma at the piano, while she loudly played and sang her favorite songs.  Personally, I have been playing the violin for 10 years and I currently play in the […]

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Pic-worthy Places

By Delaney Wood If you ever find yourself asking the question “What am I going to post next on Instagram?”, I have a solution for your problem- come to Tempe!  Tempe is full of beautiful venues, a bustling nightlife, and the most gorgeous sunsets. We’re home to Tempe Town Lake, Arizona State University, and the […]

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Turning 21

By Delaney Wood This summer, I celebrated my 21st birthday. In the weeks leading up to my birthday, I heard a never-ending barrage of the typical ideas: “You should totally go to Mill!” or “Let’s go to Old Town!”  While heading to Mill Ave on your birthday is always a fun idea, there are numerous […]

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Restaurants

By Delaney Wood Having been born and raised in Tempe, I’ve had the unique opportunity to test out numerous restaurants, attractions and events that we have here in town.  Here in Tempe, we have a good mix of mom-and-pop establishments, as well as larger businesses and chain establishments. However, there are a select handful of […]

My Tempe- Notes From a Native; Introduction

By Delaney Wood The Tempe Tourism Office has a new intern! It’s me- Delaney Wood. Throughout my time here, I created a blog series about life in Tempe, my experiences as a student at Arizona State University, and advice about fun things to do. I’ve lived in Tempe my entire life, so my hope is […]