Tempe Travel Guide

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If sunny days and starry nights are what you are looking for, Tempe has you covered. It doesn’t matter if you're a history buff, a sports fanatic, a water lover, a gambler, or a shopaholic. Tempe can provide an adventure for everyone in your family.

Tempe Culture

People who want to experience the cultural and historical side of Tempe should visit Tempe History Museum, where dioramas, photographs, and films showcase the early history of Tempe. For a dose of the arts, try Arizona State University's art museum; another free offering that Tempe has to offer.

Water Sports

For some riotous fun under the sun, go tubing down the Salt River. For something a bit tamer, step towards Tempe Town Lake, where you can enjoy boating, sailing, kayaking, or rowing. Here you can relax and have a nice picnic, or rev up your heartbeat and try jogging or skating. Not enough water fun? Enjoy the water parks that make Tempe the place to be. Tempe is home to Splash Playground and Big Surf Waterpark. At Splash Playground, not only can children have fun cooling off, they can also learn about evaporation and condensation. Big Surf Waterpark is for pure water pleasure. There are attractions for everyone in the family, from Captain Hook’s Landing for the little ones, to Challenge Hurricane Falls for the thrill-seekers.


Tempe is a great place to enjoy amateur and professional sports. Major League baseball teams like the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and others have Spring Training in Tempe/Mesa every year. This is a great chance to watch the pros play. Besides this, Arizona State University is known for their athletic programs; why not stroll through the grounds while you're in Tempe?


If you like the slots, hit them up at Casino Arizona, while shopaholics have the Mills Avenue District, which has more than a hundred shops, restaurants, and bars to keep one occupied for hours. When all of this gets too much for you, you can relax at the Narande Spa at The Buttes.

Bars and Restuarants

After all the activity, you'd need sustenance. Tempe can take you from casual dining to culinary explorations of upscale fare. Middle Eastern, Asian, Mexican, or American, Tempe has it all. You can experience one of the several microbreweries or you can cheer on your favorite team at one of the sports bars.


Done for the day? No matter what your budget, you will be able to find a place to stay in Tempe. With a variety of more than 30 hotels and more than 5,000 guest rooms available, the choices will leave you spinning.


June 09, 2005 change by giorgio

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