Tempe is a city just east of Phoenix, in Arizona. Its striking Tempe Center for the Arts hosts concerts, dance and comedy shows. Nearby, Tempe Town Lake is dotted with kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards. Tempe Beach Park hosts outdoor festivals. Rising above the city, Hayden Butte is a mountain dotted with centuries-old rock art. Sporting events and concerts are held at Wells Fargo Arena.
If the sparkling sunshine and year-round summer weren't already enticing enough, here are 30 fantastic reasons why you should move to Tempe, Arizona!
|Explore Unda’ Da’ Sea’
Sea Life Arizona Aquarium holds more than 5000 ocean animals. Walk among the deep’s daring creatures in the 360 degree tunnel, which lets you feel like you’re in the water with them. Get a taste of ocean life at the aquarium and talk to the animals, hold a starfish, or look a shark in the eye.
Learn How To Take Aim
Time to try your luck in the world’s largest laser tag venue. Stratum Laser Tag has a massive arena and 15 levels that reach up to 20 feet. Shoot at other players or interactive targets as you carry out your mission. Stratum can fit as many as 60 people at one time, which makes for one epic birthday party.
Take A Personal Day
Tempe Marketplace has over 100 retail stores and restaurants waiting to help you blow your budget. It’s the perfect area to spend the day away from work, the kids or anything else worthy of escaping. Tempe gives you the pleasure of taking a day to yourself, or with your friends, and hiding out within a retail daydream.
Observe The World From Space
The Gallery of Scientific Exploration explores the science realm with interactive exhibits for the public. The gallery is housed on Arizona State University’s campus and you can attend a lecture or view a satellite’s observation of Earth from space.
Book Smart In Style
The citizens of Tempe keep it smart and classy with the Tempe Public Library. The library follows a state-of-the-art computer system and has over 400,000 volumes of books. Digital versions of books and magazines are also available for checkout. This is one library keeping up with the times.
Add A Little Spice To Your Sports Life
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for NFL is held each January in the University of Phoenix Stadium and attracts over 60,000 attendees. It’s an entertaining get-together as the NFL season reaches a close and it celebrates some of the best reasons America loves football.
Join The Green Scene (Golf, Not Environment)
Get your swing on at the Ken McDonald Golf Course. Complete with 28-holes and a pro shop, it is everything you need to be a champion on the green. This is the perfect escape into a dreamland of sand pits and lush, rolling hills.
Holiday Shopping Is An Event
The Tempe Festival of the Arts is held in the heart of Tempe’s shopping Mecca, the Mill Avenue District. The district closes down to allow for hundreds of entertainers, exhibits, and food vendors. This is our way to say “ready, set, go” to the holiday shopping season in early December.
Diamonds Don’t Sparkle As Bright As Our Holiday Lights
On Black Friday the Fantasy of Lights kicks off in Tempe with the lighting of its famous Christmas tree followed by a parade of lights through the Mill Avenue District. A couple weeks later, the same festivities occur over water in the Boat Parade on Town Lake. This parade of lit boats, jet skis and the like cruise around in front of an audience of thousands of people as Tempe comes together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.
For A Different Way of Honoring Firefighters
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum is the largest fire museum in the United States. The museum is filled with exhibits about firefighting and fire trucks from years past and showcases a timeline of firefighting at its greatest. This is an affordable and educational experience that leaves you with a sentimental and inspired feeling.