This is the second post in our series on mid-size cities, which offer great value for family vacations. Tempe, AZ is a great travel destination, especially September through April when temperatures are more mild. Though, the region offers much even in summer!
5 Reasons to travel to Tempe, AZ
1. The Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo offers an Arizona Trail, allowing guests to observe species native to Arizona including javelinas, rattlesnakes and more. “Monkey Village” allows guests to enter the monkey habitat without being separated by fences, one of the few zoos to offer such an up-close experience for spider monkeys. Beyond viewing animals, guests can also ride camels, feed the giraffes, brush goats, and even ride a zip line. With so much available, the Phoenix Zoo is an experience the whole family will enjoy.
2. Hole in the Rock
Near the Phoenix Zoo, Hole in the Rock offers an easy trail with incredible views. Guests who take the 10 minute climb are rewarded with great views of Papago Park and the surrounding area. The climb is easy, according to reviews, and admission is free. Take a picnic dinner and enjoy the evening views (and cooling temps as the sun sets).
This indoor facility offers fun for the whole family, especially families of tweens and teens. Guests can enjoy arcade games, a gravity ropes course, bowling and more. Stretch your vacation dollar with bonus cash added on when you purchase online before you go. Parents, the restaurant areas offer quieter space to relax while the kids play!
4. Mill Avenue District
Tempe is a college town and The Mill Avenue District, downtown, reflects that vibe! Restaurants, like NCounter, provide a relaxed atmosphere and a diverse crowd. Tempe vacationers can enjoy activities on the ASU Tempe Campus including sporting events, Broadway-style theater performances, art exhibitions or a scientific collection/planetarium show. These activities, which make ASU an attractive college choice for students, also provide affordable vacation options for families.
5. Family festivals
Plan to travel to Tempe, AZ during a festival and enjoy bonus fun, much of it free.
- •Festival of the Arts is featured in March and December, featuring visual and performing arts, food vendors, and other exhibits.
- •Summer Ends Music Festival, while not free, offers three days of fabulous entertainment at Tempe Beach Park each September.
- •Arizona Aloha Festival features fabulous Hawaii every March. Enjoy live performances, island food, Hawaiian ukelele music and more.
- For more information on festivals and events during your vacation, check out Tempe Tourism’s calendar of events.
Mid-size city plusses with travel to Tempe, AZ
Beyond great family friendly attractions and events, when you travel to Tempe, AZ, you’ll enjoy reasonably priced lodging, ample city parking, a walkable downtown and sunny weather! Enjoy all Tempe has to offer and use it as “home base” as you explore everything Arizona has to offer! If you’re considering a family adventure in America’s southwest, consider Tempe.
Want to learn more about Tempe travel?
These articles and websites provide additional resources to help you plan a trip to Tempe, AZ:
- •Tempe Tourism: Official tourism site of Tempe, includes a selection of interest-based itineraries, lodging recommendations and more)
- •A family friendly itinerary for travel to Tempe, AZ (includes restaurant and attraction recommendations)
- •Review and planner for Desert Botanical Garden
- •Top 5 reasons to visit the Tempe/Chandler area
- •Yelp restaurant reviews for Tempe, AZ
Tempe is one of my favorite mid-size cities in the country. Combine friendly people, great weather (especially spring and fall), unique Mexican inspired dining, and a wide variety of outdoor activities, and a vacation in Tempe, AZ just makes cents…. errrrrr…. sense!
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