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. On Saturdays from May 26-September 1, 7-9:30 p.m., you can see how the desert comes to life when the sun goes down at the Garden during a Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours (bring your own flashlight!).

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.

Get wet and wild at Big Surf Waterpark this summer. Arizona’s best waterpark is the best place to spend those hot summer days. Enjoy waterslides, America’s original wave pool at Waikiki Beach or kid friendly water park attractions like Bora Bora Bay or Captain Cook’s Landing.

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.

Arts and cultural attractions abound in Tempe. See a Broadway show at Frank Lloyd Wright designed theatre ASU Gammage, 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.

Check out our Tempe Events page for a complete list of all the happenings in Tempe!

 

 

 

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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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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
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. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO® bricks in themed play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO® offers.


5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Ste. 135
Tempe, AZ 85282 Visit Website
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Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing
Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing

Lumberjaxes is Phoenix/Tempe’s first competitive axe-throwing experience. Competitive axe-throwing facilities are the latest craze with locations opening throughout the U.S. It’s a fun new activity great for team building, group bonding, or just a fun night out. At our cavernous warehouse in Tempe, AZ adults with axe throwing abilities ranging from novice to “axe-pert” can test their Lumberjax skills by throwing axes at wooden targets in one of our 8 target lanes.   


3105 S. Fair Ln.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 773-6551

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Main Event Tempe
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 and a tempting array of food and beverage. We also have flexible meeting and event spaces with VIP accommodations for corporate meetings or group gatherings and complimentary WiFi.


8545 S. Emerald Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: (480) 753-1200

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My Tribe Goga
My Tribe Goga

Your Tempe Goat Yoga destination! My Tribe Goga offers small, outdoor, farm-setting classes for a unique, personal experience. Every session offers an intro, 45 minutes professional yoga instruction, and 45 minutes after to get all the photos and goat snuggles you desire! Join us for Goats & Flows! For more information, visit www.mytribegoga.com or email [email protected]


E. Broadway Rd. & S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282 Visit Website
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Narande Spa at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
Narande Spa at The Marriott Buttes

Indulge in an intimate spa retreat offering monthly specials, a variety of services and day access to the resort fitness center, pools, hot tubs, and sauna. Open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


2000 Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (602) 431-2357

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Odysea Aquarium
OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium is the newest aquarium in the country. Spanning 200,000 square feet, this multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water. With over 50 exhibits and 500 different species, there are more than 30,000 animals that call OdySea Aquarium home. OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages.


9500 E. Vía de Ventura A-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: (480) 291-8000

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Papago Park
Papago Park

This desert preserve features nearly 10 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout 1,200 acres. It is also home to several attractions and museums.


1000 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-5200

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Phoenix Premium Outlets
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: Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, A/X Armani Exchange, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Kate Spade New York, and POLO Ralph Lauren Factory Store. Enjoy exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25-65%. Visit phoenixpremiumoutlets.com for more information.


4976 Premium Outlets Way
Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: (480) 639-1766

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Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

Explore a world of curiosity, imagination and discovery at the Phoenix Zoo. With exciting experiences like Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter, Monkey Village, 4-D Theater and more, your visit to the Zoo will be memorable for the entire family. The Zoo is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, committed to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world. Unique indoor and outdoor venues are available for events of all sizes.


455 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 286-3800

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