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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Botanical Garden
“Great desert flora exhibit. But there's more!! Check their website. The have hosted many above and beyond exhibits. (I.e. Chiluly Glass; 3D Laser Light displays)”
  • 204 locals recommend
Zoo
“The zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of walking trails. It is divided into four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Trail (animals from Africa), the Tropics Trail (residents of the rain forests), and the Children's Trail, which includes a petting zoo.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Trail
“This place has a unique look out spot called The Hole in the Rock where you can see a nice sunset ”
  • 133 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Truly a wonderful way to better understand the Sonoran Desert, close to Sky Harbor Airport so a great place to walk off the effects of sitting in a plane for a few hours or a great last stop before catching an afternoon plane. It opens at 8 AM. They also have Gertrudes, a well recognized restaurant and through out the year special weekend and night events. Through May 12th they have a nightly Electric Desert event which looks amazing.”
  • 150 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“An open-air shopping center with standard anchor stores like Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Barnes & Noble, and Michaels. There are also plenty of boutique shops, a Harkins movie theater and varied food court. Weekends have free live entertainment on the center stage.”
  • 115 locals recommend
University
“Go Devils! Beautiful campus to wonder around and people watch! Free Art Museum too.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Sloan Park is an American baseball park home to the Chicago Cubs during their spring training. It is also the home of the Arizona League Cubs of the Arizona League and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League”
  • 83 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Tempe Town Lake is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic or afternoon by the water. While I don't recommend swimming there, they do have plenty of boating options that include paddle boarding, kayaking, rowing, and peddle boats!”
  • 96 locals recommend
Park
“Get a little paddle boarding on the lake, play volleyball or just check out the seen at the bars and restaurants in the area. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A Tempe staple that has gained nationwide recognition. Tons of different beers of many styles and an awesome open-house brewery. You can practically sit in the brew house enjoying your meal. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Major League Baseball spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels Address: 2200 W Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282”
  • 53 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Live music, open seating at bar and outside. Delicious appetizers amd dinner, great service.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Casino
“Check out the Truibute bands that play here: Bonjovi and Aerosmith tribute bands are amazing!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great way to spend the day especially if your check out is early and your flight is later in the day.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Tech Startup
“Try Mill Avenue for a nice walk, stroll along the Tempe Town Lake, or walk along Mill Avenue with a mix of restaurants and eclectic shops. Ride the light rail to downtown Tempe on the weekends for a bit of night life, bars, and dancing. It can get a bit wild with college students, especially on game nights! (Arizona State University, Tempe campus) ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Mountain
“Inside of Phoenix’s Papago Park is a location so perfect for sunset viewing that it would be hard for anyone to pass up. Hole in the Rock is a local favorite for catching some of those famous Arizona dusk rays.”
  • 38 locals recommend