Tempe Town Lake

Things to do in Tempe in the Spring

Spring in Tempe is fresh and fun

Soak up sunny skies and plenty outdoor activities this spring in Tempe, Arizona. Get out on the water at Tempe Town Lake in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard, or explore the shops and eateries in Downtown Tempe. Tempe is home to several hiking areas and 217 miles of bike paths. Tickle your taste buds at one of the many Tempe restaurants with relaxing outdoor patios or catch a Cactus League Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium!

Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium

Spring Training

Experience all the fun and excitement that comes with spring training in Tempe, Arizona.

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Spring Break Fun at Desert Botanical Garden

Spring Break Fun in Tempe

Spring break adventures await in Tempe! Discover the top family friendly activities to do during your weeklong vacation.

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A couple wtih cocktail drinks on hand overlooking a sunset in Tempe

Golden Hour Awaits!

Whether you’re on a hotel rooftop, a restaurant patio or exploring the Sonoran Desert, there’s no shortage of breathtaking locations to capture the orange, red and purple hues of Tempe’s sunsets.

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Stand Up Paddleboard at Tempe Town Lake

Catch sun and fun at Tempe Town Lake

It’s a bit unexpected for visitors to find a large body of water right in the heart of the city, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Tempe Town Lake. From January to December, winter or summer, the lake is an excellent place to visit.

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A Mountain

Take a hike

Get outside and take a hike, but where to start? In the Tempe/Phoenix area, there are many choices of hiking trails. Here’s a quick guide to some of our favorite Tempe and Phoenix hiking trails.

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Canopy Hotel rooftop pool

Splash your way through Tempe

Tempe, Arizona hotel pools make for a perfect oasis during the spring. There is nothing quite like relaxing at a rooftop pool to catch some rays and spectacular views at the same time.

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Postino Annex

Tempe Patio Dining

Patio dining is in full swing in Tempe and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

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Mullett Arena in Tempe, AZ

Jun 21 – Oct 10

Mullett Arena Special Events

Mullett Arena

June 21, 2024 – October 10, 2024

Mullett Arena is Tempe’s newest entertainment destination. Check out the calendar of upcoming events and book your tickets now for an unforgettable experience!

Tempe Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe

Mar 7 – Mar 9

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

Downtown Tempe

March 7, 2025 – March 9, 2025

The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 Art Festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.

Find Things To Do in Tempe

A Mountain Tempe

“A” Mountain

With a quick jaunt to the top of “A” Mountain, also known as Hayden Butte, in Downtown Tempe, hikers are rewarded with views of the lake, ASU and rock drawings left hundreds of years ago by ancient people.

Mill Ave. and Third St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-4311
Angels Baseball

Angels Baseball, LP

Catch the Angels Baseball Spring Training in March in Tempe.  The Angels play home games at Tempe Diablo Stadium where you will enjoy an intimate ballpark feel, great food and beer on tap. Confirm game dates and times beforehand.

2200 W. Alameda Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(714) 940-2000
Arizona Mills by Mark Skalny

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 credit Tim Trumble

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
Desert Botanical Garden

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
Downtown Tempe

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
Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills

Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills

Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills is Arizona’s only fully lighted 18-hole, day/night golf course and practice facility. Located in the Papago Buttes and close proximity from Arizona State University, downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale.

1415 N. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85288

(480) 530-9880
LEGOLAND Discovery Center AZ

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

a variety of arcade games with people playing

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
Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona

Marquee Theater

Located on Mill Avenue, north of Tempe Town Lake, the Marquee Theatre is one of Tempe’s premier entertainment venues. Since debuting in 2003, it has hosted over 1,500 national touring artists, including Adele, Prince, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez, to name a few. Designed for the true concert goer, the theater is standing-room-only and offers a full bar and light food service.

730 N. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 829-0607
Papago Golf Course

Papago Golf Club

Papago Golf Club 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
Family at Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

Explore a world of curiosity, imagination and discovery at the Phoenix Zoo. See Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Masai giraffe and enjoy encounters such as Monkey Village and Harmony Farm. Your Zoo visit will be memorable for the entire family. Check the website for seasonal hours.

455 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 286-3800
REI Co-op Experiences Mountain_Bike Arizona tours

REI Co-op Experiences

The REI Adventure Center in Scottsdale offers adventures for all, including guided hiking, road and mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, and SUP tours. Experience the desert with a guide or explore on your own with a bike from the Adventure Center’s rental fleet.

17465 N. 93rd St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 945-2881 or (866) 455-1601
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

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., Ste. 145
Tempe, AZ 85282

Singh Meadows Market

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.

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 225-7199
Family shopping at Tempe Marketplace

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 Town Lake and Beach Park pedal boat

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a two-mile recreational haven for kayaking, rowing, jogging or picnicking. The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park, providing five miles of pathways and ample room for events.

80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-4311
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