THINGS TO DO IN TEMPE AZ
known for its brick sidewalks and its many bars, entertainment venues, microbreweries, restaurants, shops, and its lively nightlife. It hosts many special events throughout the year, some of which include the Tempe Arts Festival, the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, and the New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue. Cultural venues include the Gammage Auditorium that presents concerts and Broadway plays such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and more.
Arizona State University Art Museum
Established in 1950, the Arizona State University Art Museum features a permanent collection consisting of more than 12,000 objects. The art museum offers several education outreach programs, some of which involve activities in local area schools and neighborhoods. The museum also hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
Hayden Butte Preserve
Hayden Butte Preserve is a protected area and a famous local landmark located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Also known as Tempe Butte, the butte stands 1,398 feet (425 meters) high.
Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Center for the Arts is a visual and performing arts center located on West Rio Salado Parkway along the Salt River in Tempe.
The center serves as the home of dance companies such as ConderDance, Desert Dance Theater, and A Ludwig Dance Theatre; music groups like the Arizona Wind Symphony, the Tempe Community Chorus, and the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble; and a theater company called Childsplay.
Tempe History Museum
The Tempe History Museum is dedicated to presenting the history of the city of Tempe.
Tempe Beach Park
Tempe Beach Park is a one-acre city park and local landmark that sits along the Tempe Town Lake. Some of its features include a baseball diamond, other athletic fields, and a splash playground called the Splash Pad, which features a slide, waterfall, spray cannons, and interactive play equipment. Activities include biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, picnicking, and much more.
The park also hosts many events such as concerts, festivals, and running events, and it offers a special program called the Living Tree Memorial Program, a program that gives people the opportunity to have a tree planted in memory of a loved one.
SEA LIFE Aquarium
The 26,000 square foot SEA LIFE Aquarium contains thousands of aquatic animals including angel fish, clownfish, jellyfish, lion fish, rays, seahorses, and several species of sharks such as black tip reef sharks and white tip reef sharks. The aquarium also features an interactive touch pool called the Interactive Rockpool, where children can touch several aquatic creatures, including crabs, lobsters, and sea stars.
Tempe Marketplace is a large open air shopping center located on East Rio Salado Parkway along the Salt River in Tempe. There is a large courtyard in the middle of the District that has a stage where there are musical performances and a large screen showing local sporting events.
Sun Devil Stadium
Sun Devil Stadium is an outdoor football stadium located on the campus of the Arizona State University in Tempe. In addition to university games, the stadium has also hosted pre-season professional football games between the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings as well as between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos.
Tempe Diablo Stadium
the stadium has a seating capacity of just under 10,000. The renovation targeted several parts of the facility such as the main stadium, the Major League Fields, and the Minor League Complex. The stadium serves as the spring training facility of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
It is also the home field for the night games of the Arizona League Tempe Angels.
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Arizona. Although it focuses on the history of the 20th and 21st centuries in Arizona, the museum also features exhibits of the early settlement days and a Copper Mine Exhibit, a part of the museum’s gem and mineral collection.
Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe, AZ
Big Surf is a water park that features the first wave pool in the United States. Opened in 1969 the wave pool was designed by Phil Dexter. The waterpark has also hosted concerts performed by top musicians such as the Beach Boys, Chicago, Elton John, Pink Floyd, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.
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