Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake
Originally constructed in 1931, Tempe Beach Park underwent a renovation in 1999 as part of the Tempe Town Lake construction. The park offers five miles of paved paths, several picnic areas, an amphitheater, a splash playground and a ball field. Located in the middle of the park, Tempe Town Lake offers fishing, sailing, kayaking and swimming. Created by damming the Salt River, the lake is approximately two miles long, 1000 feet wide and has a depth that averages between 13 and 19 feet.
Arizona Sea Life Aquarium
Opened in 2010 on the grounds of the Arizona Mills Mall, the Arizona Sea Life Aquarium holds more than 200,000 gallons of water and houses more than 5,000 ocean creatures, including sharks, octopuses, sea turtles, rays and seahorses. Aquarium highlights include a tide pool touch tank, a 360-degree underwater tunnel, a play zone for children and a gift shop. The aquarium is open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. except Sunday when it closes at 6:00 p.m.
Originally opened in 1969, Big Surf is the third largest water park in the United States. Visitors can surf, boogie board or just play in the waves at the famed 2.5 million gallon Waikiki Beach Wave Pool. In addition, Big Surf has several thrilling water slides for those who are more adventurous and kiddie play areas for families with small children. The park is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm during the summer months of the year.
Designated a reservation in 1879 for the Pima and Maricopa Indians, Papago Park occupies approximately 296 acres of hilly desert terrain in Tempe and an additional 1200 acres in Phoenix. Known for its unique geological formations, desert plants and lakes, the park offers picnicking, hiking, bicycling and fishing.
Arizona Historical Society Museum
Located at Papago Park, the museum offers a look into the history of Arizona and is open every day except Monday and state holidays.
Located less than three miles from the Arizona State University Campus, the Phoenix Zoo occupies 125 acres inside Papago Park and houses more than 1300 animals. Voted one of the top five favorite children's zoos in the United States, the zoo offers numerous attractions for children. The zoo is open every day except Christmas.