Things to do in Tempe in the Summer

Things to do in Tempe in the Summer

Fun in the Sun in Tempe

Relax by the pool during the day, take in the sights and explore the wonders of the desert after dark. This summer in Tempe, we are looking forward to safely welcoming everyone to visit our city again. When you’re ready to escape to Tempe, grab your sunglasses, sunscreen and a big smile. We’ll keep the sun shining just for you.

Top 20 summer activities in Tempe

Summer fun has officially begun! Check out our list of the top 20 summer activities in Tempe.

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Find Your Summer Getaway Hotel

Book a hotel stay in sunny Tempe for a much needed summer getaway.

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Outdoor options in Tempe during COVID-19

Get outside and enjoy the warm Tempe, Arizona sunshine! You can practice social distancing and experience the outdoors at the same time.

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Frozen treats on a summer day

It’s starting to heat up outside! Beat the heat with a cool treat this summer and check out Tempe’s frozen delights.

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Top Places to Catch a Sunset in Tempe

There is nothing quite like seeing Tempe’s landscape and skyline illuminated by dramatic orange, red and purple hues. Check out some of the best spots in Tempe to capture the most mesmerizing sunsets.

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Why we’re stoked about summer

Tempe is ready to host visitors and locals alike with lots of cool fun in the sun and money-saving deals all summer long.

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Things To Do in Tempe This Summer

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

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

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

Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16

Harkins Theatres Tempe Marketplace 16 features state-of-the-art amenities including Ultimate Rocker seats, cutting-edge laser projection and sound technology, expanded concession stand and the perfect fusion of technology, style and showmanship with its Ciné Capri® auditorium.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1160
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 557-0027

Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills 18 w/ IMAX

Harkins Theatres Arizona Mills 18 w/ IMAX features state-of-the-art amenities including plush leather Ultimate Lounger seats, cutting-edge laser projection and sound technology, an In-Lobby Bar serving local craft varieties, and the addition of Harkins premium large format auditorium CINÉ1®. Harkins IMAX® at Arizona Mills is the largest IMAX screen in Arizona!

5000 Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 820-0387

Inferno Escape Room

Experience the game. Private bookings – always just you and your crew. Use clues and puzzles to solve the objective before the 60 minutes is up. Inferno is Arizona’s highest-rated escape room: 5 stars on Google, Yelp, Facebook and Tripadvisor.

1415 E. University Dr. A-105
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 567-0190

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

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

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

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. Open April through October.

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

(480) 350-5200

The Zone Escape Rooms

Follow clues and crack codes to escape the room in 60 minutes or less. The Zone Escape Rooms offer Arizona’s highest-rated and most immersive escape game experiences. Perfect for a date night, friend/family outing, or corporate event. Do you have what it takes?

414 S. Mill Ave. #112
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 666-5550

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