Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Tempe was made for fun in the sun

With this much sunshine, it is easy to get outside, go on an adventure and enjoy the great outdoors in Tempe, Arizona. Excellent facilities, an ideal location and picturesque landscape make Tempe the perfect place to spend a sunny day by boating, hiking, biking, golfing or watching an awe-inspiring sunset.

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Big Surf Waterpark

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

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

Kiwanis Park Tennis Center

Kiwanis Park Tennis Center features 15 lighted/cushioned courts with PlaySight,  USTA-certified staff on hand. Group and private lessons, leagues and tournaments are available. Drop-in tennis offered daily, matching players of all recreational levels.

Kiwanis Park
6111 S. All America Way
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5201

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

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

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

Rolling Hills Golf Course

Rolling Hills Golf Course, the Valley’s finest 18-hole executive golf course, is nestled in picturesque Papago Park, providing a unique golfing experience for players of all ages. Guests enjoy family tees, full-service pro-shop and Caddy Shack Sports Grill.  

1415 N. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-5275

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. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 378-0488

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

The Bicycle Cellar

Bicycle Cellar is Downtown Tempe’s Urban Bike Shop & Commuter Support facility! We offer full-service repair, new bikes, accessories and rentals. We also offer secure bike parking, showers, lockers and towel service for commuters (membership required). Open daily!

200 E. 5th St. Ste. #105
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 219-7225

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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