Free Things To Do

Free Things To Do

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On a budget? Tempe’s got you covered with free, or almost free, activities that will keep you entertained and your budget intact. Admission is free to many museums and festivals. It won’t cost a cent to attend many of the events at ASU, Tempe Marketplace, Downtown Tempe or Tempe Center for the Arts. Take a hike, go on a bike ride, see public art, or take the kids to a splash pad.

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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 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

City of Tempe Public Art

Tempe’s diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations, and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe’s sense of community and place.  

Downtown Tempe

Downtown Tempe offers a hometown feel with urban appeal and epic adventures. From dueling pianos to Broadway plays, public art to hiking “A” Mountain, renting a bike or paddleboarding on Tempe Town Lake and more, Downtown Tempe is like #NowhereElse.

5th St. and Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 355-6060

Gallery at TCA

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers engaging experiences with curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. Free admission. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues. and Weds., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sat.

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

(480) 350-2867

Harry Wood Gallery

Exhibitions in all media by Master of Fine Arts students. Free and open to the public. Closed weekends and major holidays. Located in the School of Art Building, ASU Tempe Campus. Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ASU Tempe Campus
900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-8521

Piestewa Peak

Located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, Piestewa Peak has numerous trails for hiking and trail running. At 2,610 ft., it’s the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, next to Camelback Mountain. Hundreds of residents and visitors hike Piestewa Peak per week because it offers great views and a great workout. Hikes to the peak usually take anywhere from 25-60 minutes, depending on the experience of the hiker.

5994 E. Squaw Peak Dr.
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

(602) 261-8318

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

Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace

Open year-round and daily until 11:00 pm, the Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace is the ideal family-friendly spot for children to splash, play and cool off outdoors. Parents are not to be left out with nearby fashion-forward shops, enticing eats and entertainment stops.  

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

(480) 966-9338

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

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park has 5,000 square feet of water play, including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars. The one-of-a-kind structure also provides shade from the summer sun, while featuring unique lighting and sound shows throughout the day.

Kiwanis Park
5233 S. Ash Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5200

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