Visit Tempe, AZ - Tempe Travel Guide

Named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece, Tempe is a city in Arizona, United States. Tempe is located between phoenix and East valley. Tempe is famous for organizing many national and international events of different genres like Arts, Corporate, and sports. Tempe has vibes of both, urban and suburban cultures, thus making it an ideal city for visiting. Due to many tourist attractions, people come from across the globe to explore the city and have a memorable experience. 

Why the city of Tempe is famous?

Tempe was named in 1879, by Lord Darrel Dupa. Tempe is a small city but offers different sorts of fun to visitors. one can enjoy museums, parks, a great marketplace, and modern enjoyment centers like cinemas and restaurants, etc while visiting the city.

Tempe is home to the world-famous university, Arizona state university. If you are intrigued to know more details about this Arizonian city, here we are providing you with some interesting information about the city.

This article is listing 10 top-notch places where you can go while visiting Tempe. Let’s begin the adventure;

1. Kiwanis Lake and Park

With a vast land area and multiple recreational activities, Kiwanis lake and park make a perfect combination for outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy boating, a wave pool, and beautiful playgrounds. Different swings and climbing structures are built for children. People can also enjoy meals and snacks as different corners are made in the park for this purpose.

Kiwanis Recreation Center offers a vast pool that has a water slide, tennis center, gymnasium, etc. So visitors can spend a relaxing day at this park and lake area and indulge in some leisure activities.

2. Segway Down Tempe lake

Constructed by engineers to save Tempe from flooding, it's an attractive lake that offers multiple water recreational activities for its visitors. Tempe lake is almost 4km long,  and visitors are given commentary about the lake during the round tour. Bicycling, jogging, and roller skating are a few activities you can enjoy while gazing at the lake.

There are almost 50 events held at Tempe lake annually,  from Ironman Arizona to great musical concerts. You can stop by the lake pedestrian bridge and enjoy an alluring view of the lake and the lights on the rail bridge.

3. Tempe Center for Arts

Tempe Center for arts is promoting arts and music in all forms and styles. Musical concerts, theater plays, open mic Wednesday performances, and the Tempe symphony orchestra are all presented in the center. Visitors who love to explore the art, music and performing arts of the city can visit this center. Emerging Arizonian artists perform in a series known as 48 live.

Musical programs are arranged with a view of Tempe Town lake known as performance with a view. They also arrange musical evenings and different types of performing arts programs to entertain their visitors.

4. Tempe History Museum

Tempe history museum gives a deep look into the past, present, and coming future of the city. Exhibitions, collections, and research services are arranged to present the history and heritage of the city.

Museum has huge research on the first settlers of the city who were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. Hispanic family album collection is also present in the museum.  Trains of Tempe is also a great collection in the museum.  For history lovers, this museum can provide some amazing information and a historical assemblage of the city.

5. Arizona state university

The beautiful classical building of the Arizona state university is an identity for the city of Tempe. This university was established in 1885 and is one of the largest public research universities.

Many national and international students study at the university. A guided tour of the university can help you witness beautiful historic buildings, delicious eateries on the campus, parks, and different entertainment centers on the campus.

6. Hayden Butte Preserve

A deserted mountain located in the city of Tempe is a favorite place for a visitor who loves to enjoy a hike. This is a small mountain with a steep hiking track where you can hike in 30 minutes at an average speed. Hyden Butte gives an excellent view of the city of Tempe from its top viewing point.

With a few sitting benches and metal railing, it is easy to hike up the mountain. The top of the mountain welcomes you to witness an eye-catching view of sunrise or sunset with a mesmerizing view of the sky, city buildings, and a forest that is nearby.

7. Papago park

The park is situated in 2 cities; Tempe and Phoenix. It has a large area where one can hike and enjoy the natural beauty . This park has diverse features like a green lawn, a deserted area, and beautiful water pools.

A delightful picnic day can be spent at the park without disturbing your budget. Sports courts are present where visitors can play different sports like tennis, badminton, etc. On the Tempe side of the Papago park, a dog park is also present. On the phoenix side of the park, visitors can walk through a zoo with a huge variety of wildlife.

8. C2 Tactical Gun Shooting Range 

If you are an adventure lover and want to have some extra fun you can visit this place to experience gun shooting. Gun handling and aiming your target can be learned with a team of professional trainers. Depending on your skill levels like a beginner or a skilled shooter you are given different types of shooting ranges to practice shooting with a variety of guns.

9. Sea Life Arizona Aquarium

Visitors can have an underwater journey with staggering sea creatures and they can find out about different sea life species during the journey. Sharks, rays, octopuses, turtles, etc can be seen in this large aquarium. 

A 360-degree sea tunnel is made where visitors can have a first-hand experience of watching sea life, and almost 3D displays are presented at the place. Coral reefs and sea plants are also present in the aquarium where visitors can see and touch them.

10. Tempe Market Place

Tempe marketplace is a huge area to visit different types of shops , restaurants and cafes etc. The place has many attractions for the visitors like water fountains,beautiful landscapes, and startling fireplaces. The lighting, hustle, and bustle of the marketplace make it an eminent point.

Striking laser lights and colorful light lamps create a startling ambiance at the place. People can shop clothes ,shoes or other items from the area. Beautiful sitting areas with modern restaurants make it a vibrant place to have a mouth-watering feast. Artists performing with musical instruments make it an entertainment hub also.

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