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Things to do off the Valley Metro Rail and Tempe Streetcar

Discover the many things to see and do off the Valley Metro Rail and Tempe Streetcar.

Tempe is rapidly expanding its transportation options. From the Valley Metro Rail to the new Tempe Streetcar, Tempe continues to ensure that everyone can move around the city quickly and efficiently. Discover the many things to see and do like public art, shops, restaurants and other businesses as you use Tempe’s public transportation options. Check out some of our favorite stops to make below!   

Please note: (*) Indicates stops accessible via both the Valley Metro Rail and Tempe Streetcar. 

Valley Metro Rail – Tempe Stops

The Valley Metro Rail is a 28-mile system that connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Trains stop at stations every 15-20 minutes. Fares are $2 for a single ride or $4 for a 1-day pass.  

Park-and-Rides: Park-and-Rides are free and are designated for daily transit use. There are 12 Park-and-Rides for the Valley Metro Rail. Simply park your car and take the Valley Metro Rail or Tempe Streetcar to your destination.

Station: Dorsey Ln. / Apache Blvd.* 

  • Park-and-Ride (0.1 mile from the stop) This Park-and-ride location is ideal to utilize during major event days where parking can be limited in Downtown Tempe.  
  • Four Peaks Brewing Company (0.4 miles from the stop) is the original destination for great Tempe craft beer. Enjoy signature brews, including the Scottish style Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale and the Hop Knot IPA. 
Valley METRO Light Rail
Valley Metro Rail

Station: University Dr. / Rural Rd. 

Station: Veterans Way / College Ave. 

  • Tempe Transportation Center (Located at the Rail stop)is the hub for all Valley Metro services, including the Metro Bus, Orbit and Rail connections. The Transportation Center is also equipped with a guest services center and public restrooms. 
  • Bicycle Cellar (Located at the Rail stop)can outfit you with the right set of wheels to rent – their roster includes urban bikes, mountain bikes, a tandem, or even an e-bike.   
  • Sun Devil Stadium – South Entrance (0.5 miles from the stop) *is a stone’s throw away from the Veterans Way and College Ave. stop. Public transportation is imperative to utilize during ASU Football game days. 
  • “A” Mountain * (Located at the Rail stop) offers a quick, high-intensity hike with views of Downtown Tempe.Note: There are two trailheads that can be accessed via public transportation; use either the Mill Ave. and 3rd St. rail or streetcar stop, or the Veterans Way and College Ave. rail stop. 
  • Desert Financial Arena (0.5 miles from the stop)is home to ASU Men’s and Women’s basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling and other ASU sanctioned events like ASU Graduation. 
Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ
Sun Devil Stadium

Station: Mill Ave. / 3rd St.* 

  • Tempe Tourism Office (Located just north of the Rail stop)is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Tempe, AZ as a leisure and business destination. Please stop by our Visitor’s Center, and a team member will be happy to offer area information and tips on making the most out of your stay! 
  • Hackett House (0.1 miles from the stop) specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts, afternoon teas, cooking classes and events. 
  • “A” Mountain * (Located at the Rail stop) is accessible from from this station also.Note: There are two trailheads that can be accessed via public transportation; use either the Mill Ave. and 3rd St. rail or streetcar stop, or the Veterans Way and College Ave. rail stop. 

Tempe Streetcar Stops

The new Tempe Streetcar makes 14 stops along a three-mile route connecting riders and visitors to neighborhoods, major business centers and regional events and destinations. The first year of service is FREE and operates seven days a week and arrives at stops every 15-20 minutes.  

While enjoying this new service, discover public art (at all 14 stops), shops, restaurants and other businesses while earning prizes along the way with the Streetcar Deals & Discounts Pass.  

ZONE 1  

Station: Dorsey Ln. / Apache Blvd.*

  • Park-and-Ride (0.1 mile from the stop) This Park-and-ride location is ideal to utilize during major event days where parking can be limited in Downtown Tempe.  
  • Four Peaks Brewing Company (0.4 miles from the stop) is the original destination for great Tempe craft beer. Enjoy signature brews, including the Scottish style Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale and the Hop Knot IPA. 
Tempe Streetcar From Valley Metro
Tempe Streetcar – Photo Credit: Valley Metro

Station: Paseo del Saber/Apache Blvd. 

  • Sun Devil Fitness Complex (0.2 miles from the stop) is a popular sporting and event center on ASU Tempe Campus, offering a variety of possible setups and amenities, including multipurpose rooms, basketball courts, pools, outdoor fields, and meeting spaces. 

ZONE 2 

Station: 11 St. / Mill Ave. 

  • ASU Gammage (0.4 miles from the stop)is the home theater of the Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000-seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 
  • The ASU Art Museum (0.1 miles from the stop) exhibits national and international contemporary artists focusing on Latin American art. Exhibitions change seasonally. Admission is free. 

ZONE 3 

  • Downtown Tempe Restaurants and Businesses – It’s always a great time to explore all the fun things to do in Downtown Tempe. Enjoy great shopping and dining, hiking, biking, museums and various theater performances. 
ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage

Station: 6th St. / Mill Ave. 

  • ASU Ceramics Research Center (Located at the streetcar stop) houses and displays the ASU Art Museum’s extensive ceramic collection of close to 4,000 objects. Exhibitions change seasonally, and admission is free. 

Station: Mill Ave. / 3rd St.*

  • Tempe Tourism Office (Located just north of the Rail stop)is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Tempe, AZ as a leisure and business destination. Please stop by our Visitor’s Center, and a team member will be happy to offer area information and tips on making the most out of your stay! 
  • Hackett House (0.1 miles from the stop) specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts, afternoon teas, cooking classes and events. 
  • “A” Mountain * (Located at the Rail stop) is accessible from from this station also.

ZONE 4 

Station: Marina Heights / Rio Salado Pkwy. 

  • Sun Devil Stadium – North Entrance* – (0.5 miles from the stop)is a stone’s throw away from the Veterans Way and College Ave. stop. Public transportation is imperative to utilize during ASU Football game days. 
  • Theatre of the Wind Art (0.3 miles from the stop) is located on a grassy field by the State Farm building in Marina Heights by the edge of Tempe Town Lake. This is a cool piece of art displaying a boat and a large picture frame. You are welcome to take pictures on the steps of the boat with the picture frame for a fun photo! 
A Mountain
“A” Mountain

Station: Tempe Beach Park / Rio Salado Pkwy. 

  • Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake (0.1 miles from the stop) is the perfect setting for outdoor fun, picnics, festivals, concerts and relaxation. This 25-acre urban oasis offers more than five miles of paths and exercise trails. 
  • Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake (0.3 miles from the stop) offers visitors the opportunity to rent all kinds of watercraft. Watercraft options available to rent include donut boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pontoon boats, pedal boats and electric boats. 
  • Tempe Center for the Arts (0.6 miles from the stop),Arizona’s premier waterfront arts center, is an iconic venue offering exceptional, diverse, inclusive and accessible arts experiences. Enjoy dance, music, theater, comedy and visual arts all under one roof. 
  • Marquee Theatre (0.7 miles from the stop) is one of Tempe’s premier entertainment venues. Since debuting in 2003, it has hosted over 1,500 national touring artists, including Adele, Prince, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, to name a few.  

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park with dog
Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

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Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!