As a landlocked city surrounded by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa and Chandler, Tempe is surrounded by things to do and see. The city hosts one of the largest universities in the nation, and residents of all ages enjoy the youthful feel of Tempe’s downtown, or “Mill Avenue,” as the locals call it.
Want to live in Tempe but worried about what you’ll do for fun? Sure, you can always drive 15 minutes or so north to Scottsdale’s famous nightlife scene, but there are also lots of things to do near your new Tempe home. Read on to learn more about your entertainment options!
Discover the Hidden Culture and Museums in Tempe
Tempe History Museum: With its History Detectives Program, this colorful local museum is family friendly enough to keep the kids enthralled, but adults will find it worth the one to two hours a walk-through takes as well.
Petersen House Museum: On the same campus as the Tempe History Museum, this 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home is one of the oldest in the Valley.
Arizona State University Museums in Tempe, Arizona
ASU Art Museum: This museum offers art lovers a nice collection of work in a unique building. For the cost of a donation, you can enjoy the cool concrete architecture and quiet atmosphere at the height of summer.
ASU Museum of Anthropology: Learn about the ways that humans have historically react to change. Look at the ways that human cultures and societies “experience and respond” to those changes.
ASU Center for Meteorite Studies: Ever wondered about meteorites? What they are? How they happen? Visit the world’s largest collection right here in Tempe.
Tempe Shopping Centers Offer Retail and Fun
Tempe Marketplace: A new outdoor mall, this shopping center offers great food, a variety of shopping options and a brand-new Harkin’s Theatres.
Arizona Mills: This huge indoor mall offers discount and regular stores, restaurants and movies in 72 degree comfort all year round.
Ikea: This Swedish furniture store was so popular when it opened that locals tell of shoppers from as far away as Colorado camped out in the parking lot. Find this quality furniture and more here.
Local Restaurants in Tempe Provide Fabulous Food
House of Tricks: This local, high-quality dining establishment offers a unique experience for visitors who can eat outdoors all year round in a beautiful flower-filled yard. Enjoy lunch and dinner. (480) 968-1114.
Byblos Mediterranean: This family-owned restaurant offers a great menu filled with items made with fresh ingredients prepared from scratch. (480) 894-1945.
Z’Tejas: Discover new Southwest cooking at its best. (480) 377-1770.
Monti’s La Casa Vieja: This historic steakhouse has been serving up meals for nearly 50 years. Locals claim that the portions are fabulous and that the museum-like interior makes for a great place to take visitors.