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 Beach Park is home to many festivals and athletic events throughout the year including the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival on July 4, 2018.

Walk 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 Tempe Boat Rentals at 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, including 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. Boat Rentals of America at Kiwanis Lake is now renting kayaks, pedal boats and surrey bikes. And, this summer, Kiwanis Park will be home to a brand new splash playground.

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 spring 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
Summer just isn’t summer in Arizona without a trip to 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 admission prices, summer hours and more information.

Parks & Water Recreation Listings

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: (480) 303-9803

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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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