Summer Fun in Tempe


Relax by the pool during the day and explore the wonders of the desert after dark this summer in Tempe, Arizona. Exploding with summer deals, live music and Broadway shows, zoo adventures and more, Tempe has never been so cool!  Check out our list of top 20 favorite attractions for summer time fun.

Make the Tempe Tourism Office your first stop when looking for deals, attractions and entertainment this summer.


When the desert heats up this summer, the deals get even hotter. Tempe’s hotels are offering some amazing rates. Book a summer stay at any of the Tempe hotels listed below!

AC Hotel Phoenix/Tempe Downtown
100 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 642-6140
Enjoy Summer, AC Style: $99/night with breakfast for two
Receive two complimentary European inspired breakfasts each day. Cool down at the rooftop pool with sweeping views of Tempe Town Lake and “A” Mountain. Promotion applies to an arrival on Thursday, Friday or Saturday with a two (2) night minimum. Packages are available for stays in June, July or August 2018.

Baymont Inn & Suites Tempe/ Scottsdale
808 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ  85281
(480) 858-9898
Summer Staycation Offer: Enjoy a staycation get away at Baymont Inn & Suites in Tempe, AZ.  We are centrally located, and surrounded by all of the local area attractions that bring tourists to Tempe. Just minutes from the Phoenix Zoo, Tempe Town Lake, Papago Park, Big Surf Water Park, Old Town Scottsdale and much more! Rate includes hot buffet breakfast, wifi, parking, USA TODAY Newspaper and legendary customer service. Book your room today!

Best Western Inn of Tempe
670 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 784-2233
2018 Summer Staycation: $69.99 +tax
Includes complimentary breakfast, WiFi, parking and shuttle service. Property features a 24 hour fitness center, single lane lap pool, two indoor hot tubs and a small outdoor play pool to enjoy. Blackout dates are August 10-13, 2018.

Candlewood Suites Phoenix/Tempe
1335 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 777-0440
Candlewood Summer Sale: rates from $85/night +tax
Extend your summer vacation at Candlewood Suites Tempe. Enjoy comforts of home with full kitchens, fitness gym, free wi-fi, free 24hr laundry and our relaxing pool. Let us be your home away, for your summer getaway. Offer valid 5/28-9/15/18.

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe
2001 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 967-1441
Summer Splash: rates from $124/night +tax
Be in the heart of it all at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe. Enjoy a $40.00 Food in Beverage Credit to use poolside, in the Kachina Lounge or Milagro’s Restaurant. Guest Room Rates from $124 per night, including $40 Food & Beverage Credit daily and a 2 p.m. late check-out. So, come and relax in Tempe and be in the heart of it all.

Graduate Tempe
225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-9431
Stay n’ Play Package: Includes one night’s stay, $25 gift card to Dave and Busters, shuttle to and from Dave and Busters, upgraded WiFi and free parking.
Offer is valid 5/28-9/3/2018. Blackout dates apply.

Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe
1415 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 941-3441
Big Surf Water Package: Book any room type this special package includes tickets to the Big Surf Water Park just minutes from the hotel. One ticket per occupant in included in the rate. Offer valid through September 1, 2018.
Booking Code: PDK

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix-Tempe ASU Research Park
7290 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 897-5100
Book the Beat the Heat Special at this new Tempe hotel with rates starting at $69 per night + tax. This promotion is valid until 9/3/18. Call (480) 897-5100 and ask the reservations team for the “Summer Promotion Beat the Heat” rate or visit and enter special rate code: 3006573.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe ASU Research Park
7200 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 897-5200
Book the Beat the Heat Special at this new Tempe hotel with rates starting at $69 per night + tax. This promotion is valid until 9/3/18. Call (480) 897-5200 and ask the reservations team for the “Summer Savings Beat the Heat” rate or visit and enter special rate code: 2780181.

Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(888) 492-8847
Tempe Tourism Summer Sale: 15% off best available rate, free breakfast, airport shuttle and 20% food and beverage discount. Offer valid through September 5, 2018.
Booking Code: 0100122

MOXY Phoenix Tempe/ASU Area
1333 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-3451
Summer Hibernation Package: $89/night +tax
Valid seven days a week through August 6, Moxy Tempe’s Summer Hibernation package includes a two night stay in an oversized suite where you can catch up on Netflix or tune out to classic vinyls. Guests can join us for daily programming including Blacklight Bingo, Taco Tuesday and Painting And Vino complete with food and drink specials. After a refreshing dip in the pool, take refuge under a shaded poolside cabana with ice-cold buckets of beer by your side (and on the house). To cover your late-night cravings, the package also includes a $50 credit to use at the 24-hour Moxy Counter. For those who want to brave the heat or seek out after-hours fun, there are beach cruisers on hand to transport you to the famed Mill Avenue. MOXY rounds off your stay with a late checkout at 2 p.m., so you can sleep in. *Deal includes one poolside cabana rental with one beer bucket, $50 food and beverage credit, and 2 p.m. late checkout. Minimum two night stay required.

Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes  
2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282
(888) 867-7492
Summer Staycation Package: $129.00 plus applicable taxes and $12 resort fee, per night
Splash into Summer with poolside live music Saturday afternoon and poolside Yoga class on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Make a splash all summer long with kid’s pool activities at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Package includes 20% off any spa service at the Narande Spa. This package is available Thursday through Monday, with a minimum stay of two consecutive nights in a standard guestroom. Available May 24th – Sept 3rd, 2018.

Room Reservations: go to view a room date that includes a Thursday through Monday night stay and click on the Room Packages to view availability.
Booking Code: SUM

SpringHill Suites Tempe at Arizona Mills 
5211 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 752-7979
Summer Sizzling Special: Online booking only. This is some of our lowest rates of the summer. Save 20%-45%. Discount rates based on availability. Offer valid through September 14, 2018.
Booking Code: LPR

Tempe Mission Palms
60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 894-1400
Sizzling Summer: 20% off best available rate
Bookable for stays: 6/1/2018 to 8/31/2018
Website promo code: Summersizzle
Summer Scorcher Package$129 rate includes room, $50 food and drink credit, hospitality fee and late checkout
Bookable for stays: 5/24/2018 to 9/5/2018
PROMO CODE: Summer2018
Exclusive Summer: 25% off best available rate
Bookable for stays through Labor Day
PROMO CODE: exclusivesummer

TownePlace Suites By Marriott Tempe
5223 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 345-7889
How Hot Is It Online Special: Lowest rates of the year up to 20% off all summer long. Complimentary Breakfast and AC. Valid through September 20, 2018.
Booking Code: LPR


View Tempe’s Calendar of Events to find a variety of fun events to check out this summer!


Tempe Shopping | Outdoor Activities | Indoor Activities


Arizona Mills
Arizona Mills offers the ultimate indoor shopping experience with more than 175 popular name-brand stores and entertainment venues such as SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona, Tilt Studio and Harkins IMAX Theatre.

Downtown Tempe
Pedestrian-friendly Downtown Tempe is home to more than 100 shops, restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and hotels.

IKEA Tempe sells everything for the home all under one roof including living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, lighting, rugs, media storage, etc.

Tempe Marketplace
Experience an interactive shopping, entertainment and dining experience in a vibrant, high energy outdoor setting. Shady walkways and a Splash Pad for the kids will cool you off during the day. Unique water features, live music on Friday and Saturday nights and light and laser elements set the mood after dark. And every Thursday evening in June and July from 6 to 7:30 p.m., take advantage of Summer Splash! Kids will get a chance to meet a favorite princess or superhero, including old favorites like Batman and Cinderella and new classics like Moana and Elsa. Enjoy FREE entertainment, music, dancing, prizes and of course an opportunity to cool down at the splash pad.


ASU Karsten Golf Course
Rated “4½ STARS” by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, this par 70, Pete Dye Scottish links design boasts exceptional playing conditions year round. The Sun Angel Clubhouse is home to award-winning Trophy Room restaurant.

Big Surf Waterpark
Cool off from the summer heat at Big Surf Waterpark. Enjoy Waikiki Beach, America’s original wavepool with 2.5 million gallons of water, exciting rides and relaxing areas for toddlers.

Desert Botanical Garden
This living museum features 50,000 desert plants from around the world.  The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Garden Flashlight Tours where guests can observe how the desert comes to life when the sun goes down. Flashlight Tours are held from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings from May 26 – September 1.

Families can play video games or laser tag in King Ben’s Castle, play miniature golf, ride bumper boats or cool off at Sunsplash waterpark.

Tempe Marketplace
Experience an interactive shopping, entertainment and dining experience in a vibrant, high energy outdoor setting. Every Thursday evening in June and July from 6 to 7:30 p.m., take advantage of Summer Splash! Kids will get a chance to meet a favorite princess or superhero, including old favorites like Batman and Cinderella and new classics like Moana and Elsa. Enjoy FREE entertainment, music, dancing, prizes and of course an opportunity to cool down at the splash pad.

Rent a Boat on Tempe Town Lake
Take a relaxing cruise on Tempe Town Lake! Choose between a variety of different boat types at Tempe Boat Rentals including kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats and electric skiffs.

The Phoenix Zoo  
The Phoenix Zoo in Papago Park has been voted one of the nation’s top 5 zoos for kids. It features interactive exhibits such Monkey Village and at Harmony Farm and water play areas. The new exhibit, Isle of the Tiger includes two exhibit yards for the Zoo’s tigers, Jai and Suriya, and two viewing areas featuring Sumatran architecture. See the zoo at night at a Prowl & Play event or during their annual Fourth of Zoo-ly celebration July 4.

The Cloud Splash Playground at Kiwanis Park
Head to the newest splash pad in Tempe at Kiwanis Park. The one-of-a-kind structure boasts 5,000 square feet of water play, including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars. The splash playground is open daily: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 16.

Tempe Public Pools

  • Kiwanis Park is the ultimate community park with a wave pool, splash playground, lake, walking paths, picnic ramadas, a playground and fields for sports. Ride the wave in the indoor Kiwanis wave pool, $5 for ages 2-12 and $7 for ages 13 and older.
  • Escalante Pool, open during the summer, features a six-lane lap pool, zero depth entry play pool with play equipment plus two slides. The pool is $0.75 for ages 6-17 and $1.25 for ages 18 and up and is open 7 days a week.
  • Tempe spray pads at Esquer, Hudson, and Jaycee neighborhood parks is open 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and is free.


AMC Centerpoint 11
This is the perfect place to enjoy Downtown Tempe and catch a film at the same time.

AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
The museum features interactive exhibits, guided tours and a research library focusing on contemporary Arizona history.

ASU Art Museum
Cited in “Art in America” as “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona,” the ASU Art Museum explores art and its impact on individuals and society. This free contemporary art museum hosts a First Saturday for Families on the first Saturday of every month and Family Fun Day in July.

Broadway Shows at ASU Gammage
Take in a show this summer at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage. Shows include THE HUMANS, May 29-June 3 and SCHOOL OF ROCK, June 19-24, 2018.

Changing Hands Bookstore
Changing Hands Bookstore is one of the best independent bookstores around. It has a wonderful selection of children’s toys and books. Check their event calendar for story times and author events.

Dave & Busters
There’s always something new and exciting waiting for you at Dave & Buster’s. Don’t miss their Eat & Play Combo, drink specials, and large variety of games.

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
If your child dreams of being a firefighter, the Hall of Flame Fire Museum is the perfect stop. See fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 18th century.

Halle Heart Children’s Museum
The Halle Heart Children’s Museum educates children and adults on a variety of health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and the importance of not using tobacco products. These important teachings are reinforced through a series of fun, interactive exhibits.

Harkins IMAX
Located inside Arizona Mills, IMAX’s revolutionary projection technology delivers crystal-clear images and the most immersive 3D movie experience ever created.

Harkins Theatre – Tempe Marketplace 16
Visit Arizona’s most popular movie theatre, located at Tempe Marketplace.

Harkins Theatre – Valley Art
Built in 1940, the Harkins Valley Art is Arizona’s oldest and longest operating movie theatre, and showcases popular independent films.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers.

Main Event Entertainment
Main Event is home to 26 high quality recreational bowling lanes, laser tag, a gravity high ropes course, billiards and shuffleboard tables, more than 125 interactive games and a tempting array of food and beverage.

Phoenix Rock Gym
Experience the vertical world of climbing as never before – indoors at the Phoenix Rock Gym. Explore the thirty foot high walls with over 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing surface.

Pollack Tempe Cinemas
Go to the movies for just $3.50 at this discount theater, and just $2.50 on Tuesdays.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
Encounter a vast array of creatures including seahorses, sharks, rays, tropical fish and more. There are more than 30 display tanks with 5,000 sea creatures.

Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), located on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake, features a 600-seat theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a beautiful gallery space with rotating, themed exhibits. This summer, the gallery will be home to the exhibition titled draw and will offer free workshops to spark your creativity.

Tempe History Museum
The unique history of Tempe is dramatically staged through a variety of media and an interactive children’s gallery.

Tempe Paintball
Enjoy some adrenaline rushing and action-packed paintball in Arizona’s best paintball facility that features over 12,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned fun.

Tempe Public Library
The Tempe Public Library features a variety of events, book discussions, art exhibitions, writing clubs and storytelling sessions at the Youth Library.

Tilt Studio
Tilt Studio’s two-story 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a unique combination of food, fun and refreshments in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. Guests will enjoy fun at full blast with a dynamic roster of 150+ interactive video and redemption games.

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