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Cool Attractions in Tempe

Tempe, Arizona downtown skyline at dusk with a beautiful sunset and reflections on Tempe Town Lake.  Tempe is a part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Coming to Tempe? These must-see attractions will make you want to pack your bags and move to this amazing city.

Tempe Beach Park

Spend a quiet afternoon at the park, where you can rent a bike, have a picnic, or take a paddle boat out to Tempe Town Lake. Facilities include a splash playground, biking paths, and volleyball courts.

Various events, such as 5k runs, concerts, and festivals take place here year round.

Hayden Butte Preserve

Also known as “A Mountain”, the Preserve is among Arizona’s most popular outdoor areas, with stunning views of the city skyline and a collection of ancient rock art images drawn by the Hohokam, the earliest known inhabitants of the area, between approximately AD 750 and 1450.

Local groups such as the Boy Scouts, Arizona State University, and the City of Tempe are actively involved in restoring and preserving these petroglyphs.

Spanning 25 acres, the park is known for scenic trails such as the Leonard Monti Trail, which features a pave path with handrails.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Located in Arizona Mills, SEA LIFE is among Arizona’s most popular family-friendly attractions. Meet the sharks, turtles, seahorses, manta rays, and exotic fish that call the aquarium home.

Highlights include the Interactive Tide Pool, Temple of the Seahorses, and Ocean View exhibits.

The staff also does educational talks and feeding demonstrations all day. Click here to view their schedule.

Tempe Diablo Stadium Complex

Opened in 1968, the stadium has 9,500 seats and offers breathtaking views of the Marriott Butte Resort and Gene Autry Field. It hosts the Arizona League Tempe Angels’ night games and serves as the spring training site for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Catch a baseball game and charitable events like Walk for Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Walk. Click here for their events calendar

There is a free shuttle service to Diablo Stadium from Downtown Tempe. The stadium is also within driving distance of Sky Harbor International Airport.

Tempe Marketplace

With over 100 shops and 1.3 million square feet of retail space, Tempe Marketplace is a shopping destination that carries world-famous brands like Bath & Body Works, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Ulta, and Sephora.

Grab a bite between fittings at any of the casual dining restaurants at this open air mall. California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Kabuki are just some of your options.

Family-friendly events like Summer Splash Thursdays, Thursday Weekly Group Run, and Monday Mania take place here throughout the year.

You can also click here to book tickets.

Mill Avenue District

Located in Downtown Tempe, Mill Avenue is lined with shops, bars, cafés, and restaurants. Come here to grab some coffee, shop your favorite brands, and savor a glass of afternoon wine.

Known for its vibrant nightlife, it’s a wonderful place to blow off some steam and meet new people. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of college students, tourists, artists, and young professionals.

Hotspots include BAC Lounge and Varsity Tavern. Marquee Theatre is known for live music, while Pedal Haus Brewery is known to produce amazing beer.

This pedestrian-friendly district also hosts annual events like the Tempe Arts Festival and Insight-Fiesta Bowl New Years Block Party.

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