Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake

Soak up the sun at Tempe Town Lake.

A desert oasis in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Tempe Town Lake offers a variety of exciting events and activities to enjoy year round. Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking.

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Mar 14 – Mar 15

Arizona Aloha Festival

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

March 14, 2020 – March 15, 2020

Mar 30 – Mar 31

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

March 30, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Feb 29 – Mar 1

Innings Festival

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

February 29, 2020 – March 1, 2020

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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

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

Changing Hands Bookstore

This legendary independent bookstore has served the Tempe community since 1974, with thousands of new and used books and unique gifts including ceramics, chimes, chocolates and much more. The popular community gathering place also hosts author events and workshops regularly.

6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 730-0205

Childsplay Theatre

Childsplay is Arizona’s award-winning, professional theatre company for young audiences and families. From adaptations of popular children’s books to brand new stories, the 42-year-old theatre company performs September through May at the Herberger Theater Center and in schools throughout Arizona.

Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8497 (box office)

Desert Botanical Garden

At the Garden, you’ll explore vibrant desert trails with thousands of  beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world. You’ll also experience world-class art exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(480) 941-1225

Fort McDowell Adventures

Fort McDowell Adventures features four unique venues for weddings, corporate events, parties and celebrations for groups from 10 to 2,000.  Enjoy Jeep tours, Segway tours, Green Zebra Tomcar excursions, trail rides, Verde River kayaking, golf and more.

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

(480) 789-5302

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

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

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

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

Main Event Entertainment

Our 58,000 square foot center 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, flexible meeting and event spaces and a tempting array of food and beverages.

8545 S. Emerald Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284

(480) 753-1200

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

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

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

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

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 999-3424

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

Stratum Laser Tag

Stratum Laser Tag is the World’s Largest Laser Tag Arena. This 18,000 sq. ft. indoor facility features a giant labyrinth with 90 towers, bridges and ramps, 15 different levels, an intense sound system, light show and interactive targets.

1455 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ, 85204

(480) 545-5500

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.

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

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

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