Tempe, Arizona is known for an active, outdoor lifestyle. Our sunny days are the perfect backdrop for family playtime at one of the many popular Tempe parks. During the summer months, the whole family will also love Big Surf Waterpark and the Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace.
Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Beach Park is home to many festivals and athletic events throughout the year including the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival on Independence Day. Families can enjoy food, live entertainment, activities for kids and an amazing fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake.
Walk the paths that encircle Tempe Town Lake, or get out on the water in a kayak, paddle board, electric pontoon boat or pedal boat which you can rent from Tempe Boat Rentals at Tempe Town Lake.
Papago Park is an expansive desert preserve is home to playgrounds, a dog park, lagoons, picnic ramadas and hiking and biking trails. It is located just north of Tempe Town Lake. Learn about Papago Park on our website, including links to attractions such as Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and Pueblo Grande Museum, details about golf courses and more.
The 125-acre Kiwanis Park, on Mill Ave. just south of Baseline Rd., features playgrounds, a lake, a batting range, an indoor recreation center, wave pool and a variety of fields for sports. Boat Rentals of America at Kiwanis Lake is now renting kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedal boats and bikes.
Inside the Kiwanis Recreation Center, you’ll find the Kiwanis Wave Pool. This indoor pool features water slides, 3’ waves, raft and tube rental and snacks at the concession area. In April and May, the wave pool is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting on Memorial Day, the Kiwanis Wave Pool is open daily through July 30. Find more information about the Kiwanis Wave Pool, including admission prices and hours of operation, on their website.
Kids will also love the large playground at Daley Park located on College Ave. and Encanto Dr. (just south of Apache Blvd.).
The Benedict Sports Complex includes five lighted soccer fields and hosts baseball, softball and soccer games.
Boat Rentals of America is now open at Kiwanis Lake. Single kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats are available for rent and no experience is required. In addition, they rent bikes that are perfect for leisurely rides around Kiwanis Park.
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Walk, fish or just relax in Tempe's 125-acre park! Boat rentals, two large corporate picnic areas, 15 ramadas, urban fishing and seasonal movies in the park make this 12-acre lake something to talk about!
Batter up! Baseball, softball and fast-pitch softball in 10 lighted batting cages! Group and private lessons, birthday packages and pro-shop services are available.
15 lighted/cushioned courts with USTA-certified staff on hand. Group and private lessons, leagues and tournaments are available. Drop-in tennis offered daily, matching players of all recreational levels.
The Kiwanis Recreation Center is home to an indoor heated wave pool and water slide, 15-court tennis center, gymnasium, batting range, a ramada area and classrooms.
Riverbound Sports Paddle Company specializes in sales and rentals of stand up paddleboards (SUP), street SUP (longboards), inflatable kayaks and accessories. The shop carries only high-quality brands and their knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you get outfitted with the right board for your needs. A great rental program allows you to try before you buy.
Salt River Rafting provides whitewater trips through the scenic Salt River Canyon. Trips range from a half day to 4-Day adventures through the wilderness.
Open year-round and daily until 11:00 pm, the Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace is the ideal family-friendly spot for children to splash, play and cool off outdoors. Parents are not to be left out with nearby fashion-forward shops, enticing eats and entertainment stops geared for all ages. The Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad is located near Barnes & Noble in The District and has been ranked one of the Valley’s best splash pads by Arizona Foothills Magazine.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.