Things to do in Tempe

Arizona Mills – Outlet Mall
Over 175 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues under one roof.  Arizona’s ultimate Outlet Store location.  I-10 & US 60   480-491-9700  

Casino Arizona - Gaming, dining & entertainment. 
Two distinctive locations offer everything from slots, blackjack, poker, art, and entertainment, to casual snacks and intimate fine dining.  The casino houses an extraordinary cultural exhibit of Native American arts & crafts.  480-850-7777

Desert Botanical Garden – Living Museum with 50,000 desert plants.
Thousands of desert plants from around the world.  Enjoy tours, concerts, seasonal exhibits  and family activities.  480-941-1225    

Golfland  Sunsplash – Water Park, Miniature Golf, & Arcade
The area’s premier destination for family fun.  Enjoy mini-golf, race cars, laser tag, bumper boats and arcade games or cool off in Sunsplash’s wave pool or water slides (Seasonal) 480-834-8319   

Papago Park – City Park & Natural Desert Area
296 acre Tempe park with hiking and biking  trails, archealogical site, natural desert areas, including picnic areas, armadas and a lagoon.  480-350-5200  

Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles.   Founded in 1962, this is the largest privately-owned non-profit zoon in the country.  602-273-1341   

Rawhide - Western Town & Steakhouse
Arizona’s largest Western themed attraction. Stroll down Main Street and enjoy western entertainment, attractions, shopping and dining.  480-502-5600 

Sea Life Arizona – Aquarium
A highly themed aquarium, built specifically for kids, that transports visitors into the amazing ocean world, providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures.  480-478-7600  

South Mountain Park & Preserve – Hiking & Natural Preserve
At over 16,000 acres, South Mt. Park is the largest municipal park in the country.  It boasts 58 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking for all ability levels.  The view from the top of the mountain is spectacular.  602-534-6324   

Stratum Laser Tag
The World’s largest Laser Tag Arena, including an 18,000 sq. ft. arena, with a giant labyrinth , 90 towers, bridges and ramps, 15 levels and heights up to 20 ft., The facility boasts an intense sound system, light show and interactive targets.  480-545-5500  

Tempe Marketplace – Regional Mall
1.3 million sq ft. of retail space, featuring an multi-screen theater, outdoor fireplaces, and unique water features.  Tempe Marketplace delivers a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experience.  480-966-9338   

Tempe Town Lake and Beach Park
A two mile recreational haven for running, kayaking, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking.  The park provides 5 miles of pathways and ample room for concerts and festivals, such as Ironman Arizona and numerous charity walks.  480-350-8625   

ASU Gammage Auditorium – Live Performance Venue
Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. It is the home theater of Progressive Broadway Across America - Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   480- 965-2787

ASU Mars Spaceflight Facility
The facility supports the Thermal Emission Imaging System experiment that was sent aboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The Mars facility has a visitor area with displays about Mars and a television tuned to NASA TV. Open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  480-965-1790

ASU Planetarium
Sept.-Dec. 7th and Feb.-April. Shows last approximately 30 to 50 minutes. Presentations each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Weather permitting; viewing through ASU telescopes follows each show.   480-965-6891

ASU Art Museum / Ceramics Research Center
Cited in "Art in America" as "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona," the ASU Art Museum explores art and its impact on individuals and society. ASU Art Museum also has the largest collection of art from Cuba in the U.S.and is home to the Ceramics Research Center, a collection of more than 4,000 pieces.

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Over 90 classic pieces of firefighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1960. Fire safety exhibits, games and activities for kids. 602- 275-3473 Open Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun., noon - 4 p.m

Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park
Experience a prehistoric Hohokam ruin and full-size replicated dwellings. Fascinating exhibits feature the ancient Hohokam. Museum Store with authentic Indian arts. Located by the 44th Street Light Rail station.  602-495-0901

Stray Cat Theater
Indie theatre company - producing four shows each season that you will not find anywhere else in the Valley. All performances are presented at the original Tempe Performing Arts Center at 132 E. 6th St. in Tempe's Mill Avenue District.  480- 634-6435