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Outdoor Play

For nature lovers and active explorers, Tempe is a welcome surprise. Hike the scenic desert trails at Papago Park, particularly the popular Hole-in-the-Rock Trail where you can capture a great shot of the city through a hole in a sandstone butte. The park also includes the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, Hall of Flame Fire Museum and AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park. More than 80 kilometers of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails await at South Mountain Park and Preserve. Enjoy sunshine and water views by kayaking or paddleboarding on Tempe Town Lake, or take a stroll along the pathways around the lake. Sports fans, don’t miss Major League Baseball’s Cactus League spring training games in March.

 

Sun-soaked Shopping and Dining

From bargains to boutiques, Tempe’s shopping variety is sure to satisfy. Take advantage of amazing discounts – and air-conditioned, enclosed shopping – at Arizona Mills, boasting 175 stores, an IMAX movie theater, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, the SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and a variety of dining options. At Tempe Marketplace, look for brand name favorites, entertainment and loads of dining options from Greek to Japanese, plus live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Downtown Tempe is a vibrant and funky district that takes you from day to night. Find a vintage edition at Old Town Books, get a temporary tattoo at the Henna Shoppe, stock up on trendy outfits at Pitaya and pick up ASU gear at Cactus Sports. By night, downtown hums with live music, dancing and drinks. 

 

City of Arts

The youthful vibe of ASU is enriched by its cultural offerings. Catch a production at ASU Gammage, a performance hall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and featuring top-rated Broadway shows. Stop by the ASU Art Museum to view their unique collection and rotating exhibits of contemporary art. The Tempe Center for the Arts presents performing arts in an architecturally stunning building. Stroll the sprawling campus and admire beautiful works including “Skyspace: Air Apparent,” “Fountain Cast in Stone” and “Blue Vase.” You’ll notice public art all around the city – there are more than 70 permanent and temporary works. Admission to the Tempe History Museum is free; take a look inside to learn about local history through a variety of prehistoric and modern artifacts.

Fun Fact

View of ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona
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ASU Gammage was the last major public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s based on a design originally intended to be an opera house in Baghdad, Iraq.

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View of Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona
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Tempe is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece, a legendary hangout for Apollo and the Muses.

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Fans outside Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe
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You might recognize ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium from the films “Raising Arizona” and “Jerry Maguire.”

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View of Tempe Town Lake and the surrounding city
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Two players celebrating during an ASU football game in Tempe, Arizona
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ASU Sun Devils College Football

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Live music performance (plus, lederhosen) during Four Peaks Oktoberfest in Tempe, Arizona
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Four Peaks Oktoberfest

October

Competitors ride bicycles through the desert during Ironman Arizona
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Ironman Arizona

November

Playing live music alongside arts and crafts vendors during the Fall Festival of the Arts in Tempe, Arizona
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A boat decorated for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in Tempe, Arizona
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Luminarias line a historic building in Tempe, Arizona during the annual Las Noches de Luminarias
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Las Noches de Luminarias

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Racing during the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival in Tempe
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Performing during Tempe’s Spring Festival of the Arts in Arizona
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Fourth of July fireworks over Tempe, Arizona
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