Whether you live near Tempe or have never been, Tempe is worth a visit! This city in Maricopa County, Arizona, has a population of roughly 165,000 and some of the nicest weather around! Tempe actually derives its name from the Vale of Tempe in Greece.
Located in the East Valley, Tempe is bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Guadalupe, and Mesa. The area used to be home to the Hohokam, who abandoned their canals, agriculture and settlements in the area in the 15th century. If you’re thinking about visiting, take some time to learn more about this extraordinary city!
Places to Visit & Things to Check Out in Tempe
The ASU Art Museum
The ASU Art Museum is a great pick if you’re a tourist or just enjoy thought provoking art and culture. This museum has rotating exhibitions in a variety of art forms, including new media, ceramics, contemporary art, prints, and more. Stop in for a visit if you’ve got some time during the day.
The Desert Botanical Garden
See a huge selection of beautiful desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden! There are over 50,000 stunning desert plants here along with seasonal exhibits, family activities, and more. It’s located at 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Get a 20% discount if you’re an AAA member!
Tempe Center for the Arts
In the mood for something a little festive? Check out what the Tempe Center for the Arts has going. The arena, along with Gammage Auditorium, is a frequent host of many types of entertainment and performance.
If you’re in the Tempe area, why not stop by the Arizona Mills shopping center? It’s near the border of Guadalupe and is one of the biggest shopping malls Arizona has to offer. Get a little rest and relaxation in by shopping for a new outfit or just window shopping for fun!
This shopping and entertainment area is very popular among students and young people. There’s plenty of places to eat and a few cool bars– check out the Rula Bula Irish Pub or the Mill Ave Cue Club. Go take in the sights and sounds and see what’s happening!
The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
If you’re in Tempe at the right time, you may be able to participate in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona marathon (or half marathon)! Great for athletes and those who enjoy competing in different states and locations.
Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium
Built in 1968, Tempe Diablo Stadium plays home to the L.A. Angels of Anaheim every spring when they come to do their spring training. If you’re a baseball fan, time your trip to Tempe accordingly!
Tempe Town Lake
The Tempe Town Lake has tons of recreational activities for tourists and citizens alike. You can hang out at the lake or just go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.
Big Surf Water Park
The original water park and tons of fun! Big Surf Water Park is home to the third largest wave pool in the world– Wakiki Beach. Kids will love this water park, and Big Surf is very family friendly with children’s fun zones, rides for everyone, and more! Visit www.BigSurfFun.com to find out details about operating hours and more.
If you want to have a little fun and gamble a bit while you’re in the area, why not check out Casino Arizona? This state of the art casino has tons of gaming action, from Blackjack to slot machines to table games. Who knows, maybe you’ll win some money!
Looking to find a home in Tempe? Check out our Tempe homes for sale page to get more information about the city and what types of properties the area offers.