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

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.

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

(480) 965-2787

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix Premium Outlets

Phoenix Premium Outlets® is an impressive outdoor village-style center conveniently 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

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 Street 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 History Museum

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. 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, a state-of-the-art comedy theater, features amazing food, excellent service and a first-class comedy experience. Comprising of over 3,500 square feet and over 450 seats, there’s never a bad view in our house!

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

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