Tempe may be famous for being the home to Arizona State University and its Sun Devils students, but there is much more to love about this historical and beautiful city. The City of Tempe also features world-class hotels, golf courses, outstanding entertainment venues and lots of opportunities for night life adventures.
Whether you live in Tempe or you are just planning to visit, get ready to pack your calendar with lots of exciting things to do! One resort property that is a perfect home-away-from-home is Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views of blue skies, the surrounding mountains and the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever see, the property also features a full-service spa and lots of meeting space. Located just minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, it is also a prime destination for conference planners and travelers alike. There are also many fantastic golf courses in Tempe including the Ken McDonald Golf Course, Shalimar Golf Club, ASU Karsten Golf Course and Rolling Hills Golf Course, among others. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, golfing in Tempe is always a beautiful and challenging experience.
If you are feeling the need for a little retail therapy, look no further than Tempe Marketplace. Boasting 1.3 million square feet of retail space, you’ll find a variety of stores and shops including H&M, Best Buy, Hot Topic, Nordstrom Rack and many others. Within the massive complex you will also find Harkins Theatres, GameStop and restaurants like Bar Louie, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, The Keg Steakhouse +Bar, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant and many other tempting dining choices. Don’t miss the free concert series and a calendar packed full of fun events throughout the year at Tempe Marketplace.
The iconic ASU Gammage was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is the venue that brings Broadway events and much more to Tempe. Some of the Broadway shows that have played to a captive audience include “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Disney’s The Lion King.”ASU Gammage continues to attract a variety of performers including Mary J. Blige, Billy Crystal, Tony Bennett and Melissa Etheridge. The acoustics at the venue are considered to be nearly perfect.
Looking for some nighttime excitement? Tempe has it all! Start out with dinner and craft beers at Four Peaks Brewing Company. Housed in a former railroad depot, this is the place to see and be seen. The food is outstanding and the variety of house-brewed beers is extensive. Be sure not to miss one of Four Peaks’ seasonal hard ciders-they are simply tantalizing. After dinner head over to Low Key Piano Bar. Located in the heart of Mill Avenue’s entertainment district and one level underground, this “dueling pianos” bar will have you on your feet, cheering on your favorite piano player, singing along and dancing in the aisles. This is one performance venue/nightclub you won’t soon forget and it is one of the most fun places in Tempe to take a group of friends.
The place to be at night is Mill Avenue and there are many restaurants, bars and clubs that will keep you busy all night long! Some establishments include Macayo’s Depot Cantina, Moonshine Whiskey Bar, RA Sushi-Bar-Restaurant, Blasted Barley Beer Company, Fat Tuesday Bar, Mill Cue Club and many other exciting entertainment choices.
Tempe really does have it all-from great weather, outstanding resorts and hotels, world-class golf and thrilling entertainment options. Be sure to visit www.tempe.com for a full listing of Tempe businesses and exciting events and things to do.