Attractions

Attractions

Tempe has something for everyone

Tempe attractions include desert discoveries, splashing around on a lake, viewing contemporary art, learning a bit of history and being mesmerized by underwater creatures at an aquarium. No matter your age or interest, you will be sure to find something fun to explore in Tempe, AZ.

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Tempe Attractions

Arizona Heritage Center

Discover Arizona’s history and visit the Arizona Heritage Center! Experience exhibits, go retro with Phoenix icons like Bob’s Big Boy and Wallace and Ladmo, hang out at an old-time general store, and take look at a WWII training aircraft.

1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 929-0292

Arizona Mills

Arizona Mills is the state’s largest family entertainment and outlet shopping destination with more than 185 stores at savings up to 70% off every day plus great dining and entertainment options, conveniently located 10 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 491-7300

Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe Campus

More than 50,000 students enjoy a classic Pac-12 college experience at this historic campus founded in 1885.  Sun Devil NCAA Division I sporting events, big-time college athletics facilities, high-tech research  and performing arts venues create a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum exhibits national and international contemporary artists, with a focus on Latin American art. The Museum houses the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. and an award-winning print collection. Exhibitions change seasonally. Admission is free. Please make a reservation prior to your visit.

ASU Tempe Campus
51 E. 10th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-2787

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

The Ceramics Research Center houses and displays the ASU Art Museum’s extensive ceramic collection of close to 4,000 objects. Exhibitions change seasonally and admission is free. The Museum Store is open during Gallery hours.

699 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 108
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 727-8170

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based performing arts presenters in the world. It 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.

ASU Tempe Campus
1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-3434

ASU Innovation Gallery

Located on the ASU Tempe campus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building, the Innovation Gallery is a public space in which students prototype conceptual exhibits and programming, drawing from faculty research.

School of Human Evolution & Social Change Bldg.
900 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

(480) 965-6215

ASU Lunar Exploration Museum & NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Operations Center (LROC) Visitor Gallery

The Lunar Exploration Museum includes the LROC Visitor Gallery where visitors discover the excitement of exploration, learn about America’s  incredible space program, watch dedicated scientists charting the amazing lunar frontier, explore the Moon, and see a real Moon rock!

Arizona State University
Interdisciplinary A Building
1100 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

At ASU’s Mars Space Flight Facility, scientists and researchers are using instruments on spacecraft on Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet. A full-size Mars Rover model is on display in the building’s lobby.

Arizona State University
Moeur Building, 201 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287

(480) 965-1790

Big Surf Waterpark

Big Surf is CLOSED for the 2020 summer season. Big Surf Waterpark is America’s original waterpark boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world. Other features include children’s fun zones, 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides and surfing and boogie boarding sessions plus party, corporate outings and catering services!

1500 N. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85821

(480) 994-2297

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, America’s largest butterfly conservatory, houses 3,000 butterflies, a 3-D theater, Butterfly Emergence Gallery, Tropical Waters of the World exhibit with a stingray and shark observation pool, Honey Bee Extravaganza, Spineless Giants and Rainforest Reptile exhibit.

9500 E. Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 800-3000

D-BAT

Enhance the experience for players at all levels from little league up with batting practice at this premier baseball and softball training center.  Pitching machines use baseballs and softballs from 40-70 mph. Developmental youth camps, private lessons and parties available.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9109 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 591-3228

Dave & Buster’s

52,000 sq. ft. of fun! Have a blast playing billiards, eat and drink at the sports bar, and play over 150 video, prize and simulator games. Whether it’s classics like Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man, and Skee-Ball, or the newest games in our Million Dollar Midway, everyone in your group will have a blast!

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Ste. 1100
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 281-8456

Desert Botanical Garden

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(480) 941-1225

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation and Historic Eisendrath House Visitors Center is a historic preservation and rehabilitation project, a center for water best practices, and a 1930 Pueblo-revival style mansion. Tours by appointment only, Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

1400 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 858-2202

Four Peaks Brewing Company Brewery Tours

TEMPORARILY CANCELLED. Housed inside a 100-year-old former creamery and ice factory, Four Peaks 8th Street is the brewery’s original location that features its beloved beers and brewpub food. Guided tours offer insight into brewery operations, the building’s history and the brewing process.

1340 E. 8th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 303-9967

Gallery 100

Gallery 100 provides students, faculty and academic professionals of the School of Art with exhibition space. Open Mon.-Thurs., noon to 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 3 p.m.

ASU Tempe Campus
951 S. Mill Ave., Ste. 199
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-8521

Gallery of Design

The Gallery of Design displays work by students, faculty research and design projects and special exhibitions from notable designers. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

ASU College of Design Bldg. South
810 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-1905

(480) 965-3536

Gravity Extreme

Welcome to Gravity Extreme Zone, the best trampoline park in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to our state-of-the-art trampolines, our 40,000 square foot facility features a range of unique attractions, including a zip line, rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, skywalk, drop slide, dodge ball, foam pit and VR area.

190 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste. 5
Chandler, AZ 85226

(480) 757-5411

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Over 70 classic pieces of firefighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 2004. Fire safety exhibits, games and activities for kids.  A full-sized fire engine available for boarding. Open Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun., open Mon. by appointment for guided group tours.

6101 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 275-3473

Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16

Harkins Theatres Tempe Marketplace 16 features state-of-the-art amenities including Ultimate Rocker seats, cutting-edge laser projection and sound technology, expanded concession stand and the perfect fusion of technology, style and showmanship with its Ciné Capri® auditorium.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1160
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 557-0027

Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills 18 w/ IMAX

Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills 18 w/ IMAX features state-of-the-art amenities including plush leather Ultimate Lounger seats, cutting-edge laser projection and sound technology, an In-Lobby Bar serving local craft varieties, and the addition of Harkins premium large format auditorium CINÉ1®. Harkins IMAX® at Arizona Mills is the largest IMAX screen in Arizona!

5000 Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 820-0387

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, exhibitions, educational programming and festivals. The Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, and offers exhibitions that showcase traditional and contemporary art.

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8840

Hotshots Axe Throwing Tempe

The premier axe throwing venue in Arizona; our coaches will teach you how to have fun and be safe throwing axes on projected targets! 10 and up, BYOB, we welcome the whole family, date nights, friends or the whole company!

1290 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 102
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 591-9118

iFLY

There’s absolutely no other feeling in the world like indoor skydiving. Get your heart racing and make the dream of flight a reality in this safe and reliable environment. Safe, fun and awesome experience for all flyers from 3 to 103.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9206 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 712-4359

Imagine 3D Mini-Golf

Hand-painted 3D murals enhance your black light mini-golf experience transporting you to a fantasy world of dragon caves, sunken pirate ships and magical unicorns! 3D glasses are the difference maker, keeping you challenged as you try to sink the putt.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9180 E. Talking Stick Way, #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 291-7906

Kiwanis Community Park

Walk, fish or just relax in Tempe’s 125-acre park! Enjoy boat and bike rentals, two large corporate picnic areas, playgrounds, 15 ramadas, urban fishing and seasonal movies in the park.

5500 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5200

KOLI Equestrian Center

KOLI Equestrian Center is located on the Gila River Indian Community, just minutes from Tempe. KOLI offers miles of breathtaking scenery and horseback trail riding adventures, hay wagon rides, cattle drives, birthday parties and other special and corporate events.

6940 W. Broken Ear Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

(602) 796-3495

KTR

Indoor Action Sports Playground where kids of all ages and abilities have the freedom to learn and play.  Introduce your kids to parkour, scootering, skateboarding, BMX, Ninja Zone, trampoline and tumbling. Toddlers only zone, classes and parties available too.

Taking Stick Entertainment District
9009 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 291-5999

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 complete with the thousands of LEGO® bricks in themed play areas.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Ste. 135
Tempe, AZ 85282

Majestic Phoenix

Majestic Phoenix Dine-In Cinemas Tempe features seven screens and showcases new release movies, independent films and classic films. Experience state-of-the art entertainment along with food and drink while you enjoy the show.

1140 E Baseline Rd.,
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 795-6622

Marston 3-D Theater

Located inside the ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration, Marston 3-D Theater presents high-definition documentary movies with earth and space science themes and 3-D planetarium-style shows (on a flat screen). Marston 3-D shows are presented on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

ASU Tempe Campus – ITSB4 Bldg.
781 E. Terrace Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-5081

Mavrix

This newest entertainment hotspot features augmented reality bowling, laser tag and the Trophy Room Grill serving up freshly prepared appetizers, entrees and beverages as well as a climate controlled patio with a 20 foot Jumbotron screen for game time viewing.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9139 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 291-7500

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Imagine the pageantry and excitement as a guest of the royal court ten centuries ago. A hearty four-course feast is served while six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Spanish horses at North America’s #1 dinner attraction.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9051 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(888) 935-6878

Narande Spa at The Marriott Buttes

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Indulge in intimate spa treatments including a variety of massages, facials and body treatments, while enjoying day access to the resort fitness center, pools, hot tubs and sauna. Open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

2000 Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ 85282

(602) 431-2357

Northshore Watersport Rentals

Open 24/7, build your mental and physical strength on your schedule! Take the equipment anywhere you want, whenever! Rent kayaks, sup boards, e-bikes (tours offered), river tubes, and party boards that hold 800 pounds! Follow us @northshorewatersport.

555 N. College Ave. #1030
Tempe, AZ 85281

(623) 866-3938

Octane Raceway

A “Must Do” adventure when visiting AZ. Featuring high performance 45+ MPH kart racing for adrenaline junkies and junior racers. Octane is a true adventure with action at every turn. Also home to Velocity VR, Virtual Reality gaming elevated!

9119 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(602) 302-7223

OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium features more than 65 exhibits and 370 species. The largest aquarium in Arizona, it offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life.

9500 E. Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 291-8000

Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

Interactive exhibit that specializes in education with a twist of entertaining exploration featuring more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that roam through exhibits and true-to-life recreations of prehistoric habitats. Designed to transport you back to the age of the dinosaurs. 

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9500 E. Via De Ventura, C-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 362-3466

Papago Golf Course

Papago Golf Course is a championship 18 hole golf course, set in the heart of Phoenix’s Papago Park. Papago has earned Top 100 Public Course honors for decades and was originally designed by William Francis “Billy” Bell.

5595 E. Karsten Way
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 275-8428

Papago Park

This desert preserve features nearly 10 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout 1,500 acres. It is also home to several attractions and museums.

1000 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-5200

Phoenix Premium Outlets

Phoenix Premium Outlets® is an impressive outdoor village-style center located 15 minutes south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Shop more than 90 designer and brand name outlet stores. Enjoy exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25-65%.

4976 Premium Outlets Way
Chandler, AZ 85226

(480) 639-1766

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Bringing people together in the heart of Phoenix for over 1000 years. Exhibits include excavated prehistoric Hohokam platform and ballcourt, replicated houses, hands-on kids gallery and theater. The museum store has authentic American Indian arts. Light rail accessible.

4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

(602) 495-0901

Roadhouse Cinema

Arizona’s only locally-owned and operated, dine-in movie theatre!  An extraordinary restaurant menu, impressively created full bar featuring Arizona craft beers, and overwhelmingly comfortable recliners are yours to enjoy while experiencing state-of-the-art projection and 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound!

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9090 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 750-7295

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona! Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through our incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level bubbles and interactive touch pools.

5000 Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Singh Meadows

Singh Meadows is a scenic spot sprawled on 75 acres of greenbelts, trees and walking trails. It features a 100% organic café, coffee and juice bar and a farmer’s market. The farmer’s market and cafe are open Fri.-Sun. Oct. through May.

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 225-7199

South Mountain Park and Preserve

At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. The park includes 51 miles of scenic desert trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking leading to breathtaking views. Trails can be found at 48th Street and Guadalupe or from Central Avenue.

48th St. and Guadalupe Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85044

(602) 262-7393

Talking Stick Golf Club

Play 18 or 36 with easy check-in, fast greens and friendly service. Recognized as a top public golf course by Golfweek Magazine, with the largest public practice facility in the valley, highlighting views of Talking Stick Resort and Camelback Mountain.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9998 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 860-2221

Tempe Center for the Arts

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Tempe Center for the Arts, 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.

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 350-2822 (box office)

Tempe E-Bike Tours

Looking for a fun way to see all of Tempe? Try our guided and self-guided e-bike tours to explore all around Tempe. Come and join us to experience an e-bike adventure. Open for “meet & ride” for private groups.

Tempe History Museum

The museum explores Tempe history through collections, research services, exhibits and programs that captivate and connect with audiences throughout the community and beyond. Open Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. Photo credit Bill Timmerman.

809 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 350-5100

Tempe Improv

The Tempe Improv comedy theater features amazing food, excellent service and a first-class comedy experience. Comprising of over 3,500 square feet and over 450 seats, we have versatile event space to accommodate a variety of private events, parties a

930 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480)921-9877

Tempe Marketplace

With over 100 shops and restaurants and 300 events a year, Tempe Marketplace is the ultimate destination. With a vibrant outdoor setting featuring fireplaces, water features and pop-up art installations, Tempe Marketplace provides an unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 966-9338

Tempe’s “Walk Through History”

One of Tempe’s greatest attributes is its many authentic, historic buildings and structures. In Downtown Tempe, dozens of structures dating back as far as the 1800s are within walking distance. Enjoy Walk Through History, a series of self-guided tours highlighting Downtown Tempe, Tempe Town Lake, and the historic portions of ASU campus.

Tilt Studio

Tilt Studio’s 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a unique combination of food and fun. Guests enjoy 150+ interactive video and redemption games, a retro gaming area with pinball and vintage games and a mouthwatering menu of American cuisine.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Ste. 669
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 648-1222

Top Golf

Play with friends or compete with yourself in a fun, high-energy atmosphere with spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and Talking Stick Resort. Earn points every time your ball hits the targets, so swing away and the fun will follow!

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9500 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 240-2402

USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River

The USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River showcases the USS Arizona’s original Boat House with over 1,500 illuminated columns silhouetting the dimensions of the USS Arizona representing those aboard December 7, 1941. Open daily from dawn until dusk.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
7455 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(888) 979-5010

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