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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Tempe Boat Rentals
Tempe Boat Rentals – Tempe Town Lake

At Tempe Boat Rentals, everyone in the family can enjoy recreational boating at its best. Select from a variety of watercraft: kayaks, pedal boats, electric boats, stand-up paddleboards and more. Tempe Boat Rentals is now offering surrey bike rentals by the hour. Visit their website or call for more details.


72 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (855) 690-0794

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Tempe Improv showroom
Tempe Improv

Bringing you the perfect temperature year round and the best stand-up comedy in the Valley of the Sun. The Tempe Improv has reopened as a brand new state-of-the-art comedy theater featuring amazing food, excellent service and a first-class comedy experience. We have versatile event space to accommodate a variety of private events, parties and dinners. Comprising of over 3,500 square feet and over 450 seats, there’s never a bad view in our house!


930 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480)921-9877

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Tempe Marketplace Food Court
Tempe Marketplace

With over 100 shops and restaurants, Tempe Marketplace delivers a vibrant outdoor environment, complete with cozy fireplaces, unique water features and lush landscaping. This community hub provides unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment experience with weekly live music and events.


2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 966-9338

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Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a two-mile recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking. The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park. The park provides five miles of pathways and ample room for festivals or events, such as Ironman Arizona, various charity walks, Oktoberfest and the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival.


80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-4311

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The Cloud at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ
The Cloud at Kiwanis Park

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park, Tempe’s newest aquatics feature, has 5,000 square feet of water play, including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars. The one-of-a-kind structure also provides much-needed shade from the summer sun, while featuring unique lighting and sound shows throughout the day. Seating is integrated into the area for parents and caregivers. The Cloud is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through October.


South Tempe
Kiwanis Park
5233 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: (480) 350-5200

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Tilt Studio Arizona Mills
Tilt Studio

Tilt Studio's two-story 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a unique combination of FOOD, FUN and 'FRESHMENTS in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. Guests will enjoy "FUN at FULL BLAST!" with a dynamic roster of 150+ interactive video and redemption games. a mouthwatering menu of American cuisine, and a full assortment of beer, wine and cocktails. The perfect venue for a fun event.


5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Ste. 669
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 648-1222

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