While my husband and daughter were enjoying a game at spring training, my son and I snuck off to Tempe Town Lake to explore. What a pleasant surprise to find at the end of Mill Street a stretch of water with things to do bordering all along it. We arrived on a day when a St. Patrick's Day Concert was being set up for the evening, so instead of parking at Tempe Beach parking lot, we drove a little farther and parked at the Tempe Center for the Arts. We enjoyed looking around this grand building and made note of the many musical acts that were coming to the center.
We strolled down to Tempe Boat Rentals and chose a pedal boat; a perfect vessel for myself and my 7-year-old to captain. Other choices were SUP boards, pontoons, kayaks, and row boats. A life preserver was given to my son to wear, and we popped up the convenient (and very much needed) shade provider and pedaled away.
On the lake, we pedaled under several bridges and from our vantage point we could see the volleyball courts, park grounds, and other fun activities that line the lake.
Boats are available for a one hour minimum rental, are available daily, and reservations can be made on-line. A credit card and ID will be needed to rent one of the boating options. More info is available on boats4rent.com.
I was an invited guest of Tempe Boat Rentals, but I would definitely go back to enjoy a leisure afternoon on the water. The view we had from our pedal boat was a nice introduction to the town of Tempe.
We took the pontoon boat out with a large group of friends (it holds up to 10 adults) and the kids had a great time. Despite the heat of the day, it was cool and casual under the shade of our awning and with the breeze coming off of the cool lake. It took us just about an hour to make an entire circle of the lake. The boats have ipod docks so we were able to play our own tunes while cruising the lake. I would definitely recommend that families pack a picnic lunch and drinks to take aboard and enjoy. The boat dock does sell snacks, but they aren't as cheap as packing your own of course.
The boats run on electric power and are non-polluting, so you can even feel good about your fun. If you have a bit more energy, (or older kids), try out a paddle boat for some exercise on a cool day!
We were here to watch a friend run a triathlon, so the space was set up like a festival, with lots of booths. The parking was similar to any big events' parking, but fairly plentiful considering how many people were watching the triathlon, and only about a 5-minute walk. The bridge over the lake is really pretty at night with the lights on it! Not too much for the kids to do here, but there is a slide and a (seasonal) spray park, and lots of open area to run, with paths & some grass. Would be a great place to take older kids bike riding, or just walk along the water.
This is a great place to go when you are on a budget!! You really can't beat free! You can pack a picnic lunch or eat out. Tempe has a ton of great places to eat and lots of other activities such as shopping or movies. My kids really loved the water areas! This is great in the heat. This is a fabulous place to have a playdate or a mom's group outing. Just make sure you try to go when in is not too crowded. Also, bring your camera, because the scenery is beautiful!!
This is a free place for you to visit with the family. Not suggested for the middle of summer as it is crazy and hot without ANY shade. There are kids water park areas with the foamy ground. Has a waterfall, showers, cannons that shoot water. Even the grown ups go in to cool off. You can fish and rent paddle boats.
Tempe Town Lake is a big park area along the Tempe Town Lake. Several times a year, special events are hosted here, many of them great for the whole family. Our favorite thing to do here is to play in the splash pad and water park area. They don't have a big pool, but rather a bunch of connected slides, fountains, and splash pads. Swim attire is required for little ones and I'd recommend a swim suit for adults, too, because I always end up getting wet! They have small fountains for tiny kids and bigger slide areas for bigger kids. Bring towels and sunscreen!