Tempe offers an amalgam of outdoor pursuits, local gastronomy and high-brow culture. This is a city where you can spend your days paddling on Tempe Town Lake and hiking through Rio Salado Park, or viewing contemporary art at the ASU Art Museum and catching a Broadway show at ASU Gammage. Come spring, join the festivities at the annual Innings Festival, a two-day celebration of music, food and spring training.
Like any self-respecting college town, Tempe also boasts a number of worthwhile breweries. Arizona's largest brewery, Four Peaks Brewing Co., calls Tempe home, as do smaller (but just as worthwhile) spots such as Pedal Haus Brewery. You'll find the latter, and a number of other popular spots for nightlife, in downtown Tempe's Mill Avenue, known as a go-to district for fun. In that same district, you'll find the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts, which showcases a bonanza of arts and crafts for three days every spring and fall.
Arizona State University’s main campus keeps this city humming. You’ll want to check out the ASU Gammage Auditorium, which hosts a Broadway show series each season, and the free ASU Art Museum, with one of the largest contemporary ceramics collections in the United States. Nearby, Tempe Center for the Arts offers events such as comedy shows and musicals; Marquee Theater has plenty of concerts as one of Greater Phoenix's best music venues; and Tempe Diablo Stadium is the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels.
For other entertainment, watch hypnotic sea creatures at Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, or Legoland Discovery Center in the Arizona Mills shopping center; take the steep 1-mile hike up “A” Mountain; or head to Tempe Beach Park to bike, skate, rent boats or walk 5 miles of trails along Tempe Town Lake — especially scenic at sunset.