Parks & Water Recreation

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.

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park are home to many festivals and athletic events throughout the year including the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival.

Walk or take a bike ride along the paths that encircle Tempe Town Lake, or get out on the water in a kayak, paddleboard, electric pontoon boat or pedal boat which you can rent from Boat Rentals of America –  Tempe Town Lake.

Papago Park
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, which includes links to attractions such as Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and Pueblo Grande Museum, details about golf courses and more.

Kiwanis Park
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. Visit Boat Rentals of America at Kiwanis Lake to rent kayaks, pedal boats and surrey bikes. You can also check out the Cloud at Kiwanis Park, a brand new splash playground. This 5,000 sq. ft. water feature is a shaded structure with lots of options for water play including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars, as well as light and sound effects.

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. Find more information about the Kiwanis Wave Pool, including admission prices and summer hours of operation on their website.

Daley Park
Kids will also love the large playground at Daley Park located on College Ave. and Encanto Dr. (just south of Apache Blvd.). Enjoy new ramadas for picnics and new playground equipment.

Big Surf Waterpark
During the summer months, don’t miss Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe. Ride the waves at Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, take an exhilarating ride down one of the many water slides and bring the littlest swimmers to Captain Cook’s Landing. Visit their website for summer hours, admission prices and more information.

Parks & Water Recreation Listings

Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace
Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace

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.  


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

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Tempe Sports Complex
Tempe Sports Complex

This athletic complex includes soccer and softball/baseball fields, a skatepark and a dog park.  


8401 S. Hardy Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: (480) 350-5200

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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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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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