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 cacti lined trails 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.

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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Main Event Tempe
Main Event Entertainment

Main Event Entertainment operates high volume family entertainment centers throughout Texas and Tempe, Arizona! 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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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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SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium! Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level viewing bubbles and an interactive scavenger hunt, included with admission.


5000 Arizona Mills Cir.
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Singh Meadows in Tempe, AZ
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. Open Thurs.-Sun. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for special events such as Movies at the Meadows, Yoga On The Grass, concerts, festivals, weddings and other outdoor activities. 


1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 999-3424

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South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)
South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC) | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

No visit to South Mountain Park is complete without a stop at South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC). Whether you’re looking for tips to enjoy family, friends or solo time in the park, a deeper understanding of the plants, animals and history of South Mountain or a place to hold your next memorable private event, SMEEC has something for everyone.


10409 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (623) 334.7880

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Stratum Laser Tag
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. Stratum features an arcade, observation deck, dining area and 6 private rooms. It is an adventurous experience for adults or children through individual play, family outings, birthday parties, group functions, team-building events and company meetings.


1455 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ, 85204
Phone: (480) 545-5500

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