Attractions

Located just minutes from Phoenix, Tempe boasts lots of things to see and do that both the young, and young at heart, will enjoy. Take advantage of our beautiful weather and head to Tempe Town Lake. Enjoy an invigorating walk, run or bike ride along five miles of shoreline that surrounds the lake. Rent a boat, kayak, stand up paddle board or pedal boat for a leisurely cruise on this two-mile man-made urban oasis.

Explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Papago Park. Enjoy the scenery from one of the many hiking paths, or plan a visit to the Phoenix Zoo or the Desert Botanical Garden. At the Desert Botanical Garden, you can wander the trails lined with cacti and other arid climate plants from around the globe, and listen to concerts under the stars.

Visit Arizona Mills mall for great shopping, dining and kid friendly attractions like SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium where you’ll discover fascinating aquatic creatures. Directly across from SEA LIFE, you’ll find LEGOLAND® Discovery Center where you can get creative with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas.  Other features include two LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema, massive, large-scale models, building areas and a Model Builder Academy. Tilt Studio at Arizona Mills is a blast from the past where you can play some of the newest video games and old-school pin ball too.

Tempe Marketplace is a gathering place for visitors and locals alike. This shopping and entertainment destination is home to H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Dave & Buster’s, California Pizza Kitchen and a 16-screen Harkins Theatre. Relax with an iced tea while the kids enjoy the Splash Pad. And, on Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy live music at the District Stage.

Plan a visit to enjoy the pedestrian-friendly tree lined streets of Downtown Tempe. Explore more than 100 hip, inventive, even bohemian, shops, restaurants, taverns and nightclubs, a few that host live and local bands. Looking to add a quick hike to your day? Just steps from Downtown Tempe is “A” Mountain. It’s a steep, but but quick up the mountain with views of Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix from the top.

Ever had the urge to wield an ax? Or, maybe you want to sharpen your ax throwing skills. Then gather up your most trusted friends for some edgy fun at Lumberjaxes Ax Throwing. Does your computer and/or life in general have you feeling frustrated?  You’ll have a great time purging your bad pent-up emotions at the Simply Smashing Rage Room and will  leave  feeling much better.

Time flies at Escape Zone when you’re having  fun following the trail of clues and cracking the codes to succeed your mission of escaping the room in 60 minutes or less.  Choose from three intriguing scenarios: The Inheritance, Rush Hour and Jail Break, then channel your inner Harry Houdini and crack the code that will set you free!

Board games never go out of style and now you can enjoy thousands of board games with friends, family and loved ones at Snakes & Lattes. Play your favorite childhood games or try something new.  Each Snakes & Lattes venue houses a whopping available-for-play library of more than 1000 games. And what goes better with board games than food? Snakes & Lattes works with local craft breweries, coffee roasters, and also has an amazing kitchen to satisfy any palate.

Arts and cultural attractions abound in Tempe. See a Broadway show at ASU Gammage, the beautiful theater designed by  Frank Lloyd Wright.  Or take in the contemporary art on display at ASU Art Museum. Visit the Tempe Center for the Arts, located on the south side of Tempe Town Lake, and explore the Gallery at TCA, see a show or stay for the live music.

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Desert Belle Boat Tours
Desert Belle Tour Boat

Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been plowing the waters of Saguaro Lake for over fifty years. Relax in comfort and see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas. Witness the flora and fauna first-hand, as you navigate pristine Sonoran Desert canyons.  Watch birds of prey soaring high on desert thermals as you photograph breath-taking desert vistas. Private cruises are also available for an unforgettable wedding, birthday, anniversary, or corporate function for up to 125 passengers. Whatever you choose, The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer.


Saguaro Lake
14011 N. Bush Hwy.
Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: (480) 984-2425

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Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden

Nestled amid the Papago Buttes, experience vibrant desert trails, world-class art exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more.


1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (480) 941-1225

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Downtown Tempe
Downtown Tempe

One of the funkiest locations in the Valley, Downtown Tempe offers a hometown feel with urban appeal and epic adventures. From public street art to curated museums, don’t miss the larger than life decorated chair, colorful art walk, whimsical jackrabbit scavenger adventure, or the ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center. Rent a bike, motorized scooter, hike the famous “A” Mountain to watch the sun rise or set, or try paddleboard yoga on Tempe Town Lake. From dueling pianos to Broadway plays, concert venues and more, Downtown Tempe is like #NowhereElse.


Located between College Ave. and Farmer Ave.
University Dr. and Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 355-6060

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Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation, an adaptive, historic preservation and rehabilitation project, is a center for water discussion and best practices, as well as a beautiful 1930 Pueblo-revival style mansion that is a visitor’s center and special event venue.


1400 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 858-2202

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Escape Zone in Tempe, Arizona
Escape Zone

You must follow the trail of clues and crack the codes to succeed your mission of escaping the room in 60 minutes or less. Escape Zone strives to offer the most immersive escape game experience in Arizona. Perfect for a fun date night, friend/family get together, or corporate team builder. Do you have what it takes?


414 S. Mill Ave. #112
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 744-6469

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Fort McDowell Adventures
Fort McDowell Adventures

Acres of pristine Arizonan foothills play host to an authentic Western adventure.  Minutes from Tempe, Fort McDowell Adventures is the premier outdoor activity and event venue featuring four unique venues for weddings, corporate events, parties and celebrations for families and groups from 10 to 2,000.  Enjoy Jeep tours, Segway tours, a “City Slicker Cattle Drive”, cowboy cookouts, the Tequila Bus, trail rides, Verde River kayaking, the Yavapai Experience cultural tour and more.


14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Phone: (480) 789-5302

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Four Peaks Brewing Co
Four Peaks Brewery Tours

Housed inside a 100-year-old former creamery and ice factory, Four Peaks 8th Street is the brewery's original location and the best place to find its specialty beers and tasty brewpub food. Each tour, led by an experienced Four Peaks guide, offers insight into brewery operations, showcases the building's history and gives an in-depth overview of the brewing process.


1340 E. 8th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 303-9967

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Halle Heart Children's Museum in Tempe
Halle Heart Children’s Museum

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum, part of the Greater Phoenix American Heart Association, is the only hands-on, interactive cardiovascular learning facility in the nation and is now open to the general public. The Halle Heart Children’s Museum educates children and adults on a variety of health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and the importance of not using tobacco products.


2929 S. 48th St.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (602) 414-2800

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Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ
Heard Museum

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.


2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 252-8840

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Koli Equestion Center
KOLI Equestrian Center

KOLI Equestrian Center provides the BEST horseback riding in the Phoenix area and located at the Gila River Indian Community, minutes away from Tempe. KOLI offers miles of breathtaking scenery and horseback trail riding adventures true to the west, hay wagon rides, cattle drives, birthday parties, other special and corporate events.  You can book any of our activities online at www.fareharbor.com/koliequestrian which shows ride options, availability and pricing.


Near Wild Horse Pass Blvd. and Maricopa Rd. off Koli Rd.
Chandler, AZ
Phone: (602) 796-3495

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