Popular Attractions & Things to Do in Tempe - Phoenix

Explore Everything Arizona’s Capital City Has to Offer

From historic and cultural sites to shopping destinations and family attractions, the Tempe/Phoenix region offers plenty of things to do. Our hotel in Tempe is convenient to the city’s most popular attractions including the Downtown district and professional sports teams, as well as a host of hidden gems.

Find our favorite things to do, places to visit, and sights to see during your stay in Tempe, AZ.

Major Attractions in Tempe

Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is home of Arizona's stunning plants and flowers. Come learn about the Sonoran desert climate and how it affects the desert plants in Arizona.

Heard Museum

The internationally renowned Heard Museum proudly partners with hundreds of Native American artists, tribal leaders and elders to share stories and traditions. Visit and be amazed by vibrant exhibitions, authentic festivals and exceptional shops.

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest visual art museum in the Southwest, featuring more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern, and contemporary art and fashion design.

The ArtFest™ of Scottsdale is one of the valley's most popular events, bringing 150 artists from all over the country into Downtown Scottsdale. This event features fine art, local authors, handmade crafts, live music, delicious food, and hands-on kids activities. Known for cutting edge contemporary art, the ArtFest™ of Scottsdale cannot be missed.

Hidden Gems

House of Tricks

House of Tricks is a remodeled 1920's cottage turned restaurant that, featuring a quiet, sun-dappled patio, a tree-covered bar and historic bungalows. The restaurant closes the beginning of Arizona's scorching summers and reopens every August.

Papago Park

With scenic trails and minimal elevation, Papago Park is one of the loveliest places for hiking and mountain biking. The Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden is also conveniently located in the Park.

The Rusty Spur Saloon

The oldest bar in Scottsdale, Rusty Spur Saloon is an authentic cowboy hangout with swinging doors, live music and fantastic burgers. Celebrities, tourists, locals and real cowboys all flock here for the delicious food and Wile West atmosphere.

Family Friendly Things To Do

Arizona Science Center

Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, the Arizona Science Center offers more than 300 hands-on, interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a giant-screen theater and live demonstrations. Show your family the fun side of science.

The Phoenix Zoo

Located in Papago Park is the Phoenix Zoo, featuring four American Southwest flora and fauna trails, a petting zoo, and a Safari Train. Bring the family for some educational animal fun.

The Phoenix Children's Museum

The Phoenix Children's Museum is a spacious sanctuary for engaging the minds, muscles and imaginations of children. With the philosophy that every child knows how to play at their own developmental level, these interactive exhibits do not come with instructions.