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Valerie from Los Angeles asked

Best free things to do in Tempe?

I'm going to be in Tempe next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

Tempe (Arizona)

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answered first by
Michael from Tempe

I'm assuming you'll be staying somewhat near Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. There's Tempe Town Lake which is great for long walks and bike rides (be sure to do this earlier in the day or later at night because it's summertime in AZ). A bit North is Papago Park if you're into hiking. Of course you can't leave Tempe without going to Mill Avenue here you can enjoy Tempe's nightlife.

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There is tons of great hiking in Tempe/Phoenixarea. If you plan to have a car, that opens up a lot of hiking opportunities. My favorites are the Mormon Trailhead on South Mountain Village (gets busy, go early) or the Peralta Trailhead of the Superstitions (long drive but really beautiful). If you have friends who live there, ask them to go to the library to get you a culture pass, which offers free admission to local museums and attractions. Hole in the Rock is a super quick uphill climb that offers gorgeous views; it's in the same location as the Desert Botanical Garden, which is a lovely place to explore. Since you will be in Tempe, you can explore the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix CampusMill AvenueTempe Town Lake. You might also want to go explore Old Town Scottsdale, which has lots of art galleries, bars, and restaurants. 

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tempe (city)
  2. Phoenix (city)
  3. Mormon Trailhead (attraction)
  4. South Mountain Village (attraction)
  5. Peralta Trailhead (attraction)
  6. Hole in the Rock (attraction)
  7. Desert Botanical Garden (attraction)
  8. Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus (attraction)
  9. Mill Avenue (attraction)
  10. Tempe Town Lake (attraction)
  11. Old Town Scottsdale (attraction)

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