Ever wondered what it is like to live in Tempe, AZ? While you may spend most of your time in class or studying, there is tons around to explore in this area we call home!

Whether you’re from the area or a Tempe newcomer, you’ll find something to love within steps of Lofts on 8th. Explore our town’s best and brightest local attractions, starting with these six things to do, see, and eat.
Boating on Lake Tempe Arizona

Boating on Tempe Lake

A desert oasis in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, there are a variety of events and activities to enjoy year round at Tempe Town Lake.

Tempe has taken the guesswork out of exploring lakes and pathways. Visitors and locals alike can rent bikes, paddleboards, pedal boats, kayaks and electric boats. Watercraft are available on Tempe Town Lake and Kiwanis Lake. Find shared GRID bikes, electric bikes and scooters throughout the city or rent trail bikes and road bikes from a local bicycle shop.

August Karaoke Bar Tempe Arizona

August Karaoke Bar

They’ve been hosting amazing nights of private karaoke since 2011, which means many students have spent their entire college careers singing at August Karaoke Box! Year after year, students rent the rooms and choose from a gigantic library of songs, getting swept up in the music with their friends. They’ve recently renovated in order to give the community state-of-the-art equipment and more chances to book. Go out for an experience in Tempe that you’ll remember long after you’ve graduated!

Tailgate at an ASU Game

Tailgate at an ASU Game

Nothing gets you more pumped up for Sun Devil football than spending an afternoon tailgating and barbecuing with hundreds of other fans sporting their maroon-and-gold attire during this highly anticipated, pregame ritual. In recent years, the addition of the family-oriented Sparky's Touchdown Tailgates has introduced an entertaining gathering place featuring activities, former Sun Devil players, the marching band and more.

Hiking in Tempe AZ

Hike a Mountain

Get outside and take a hike, but wondering where to start? In the Tempe/Phoenix area, there are many choices of hiking trails.

One of our favorites is the Marcos De Niza Trail. Just a few ways southwest of Tempe, this trail is rated as moderate and is a 1.7 mile loop trail. It has an amazing view of the Phoenix desert landscape. This trail is a great workout and perfect for a quick getaway from the city.

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo

Enter the Phoenix Zoo and explore a wondrous world of curiosity, imagination and discovery. Featuring more than 3,000 animals, including Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Komodo dragons, Andean bears, American alligators and many more – the Zoo is like no other place in the Valley!

Desert Botanical Garden Tempe AZ

Desert Botanical Garden

Think the desert is all dirt and tumbleweeds? Think again. Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world. Allow yourself to be amazed by the spectacular view of a desert sunrise. Enjoy stunning views of saguaros bathed in early morning light, the sounds of nature and the peaceful sensation of the first hours of the day.

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