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Tempe, Arizona

Following the establishment of Fort McDowell on the eastern edge of central Arizona’s Salt River Valley in 1865, enterprising farmers moved into the area. They dug out the irrigation canals left by the prehistoric Hohokam people and built new ones to carry Salt River water to their fields. Valley farms soon supplied food to Arizona’s military posts and mining towns.

The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the first two irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.

Tempe is well known nationally as the home of the Fiesta Bowl and the Arizona Cardinals. It is the seventh largest city in Arizona, with a strong modern economy based on commerce, tourism, and electronics manufacturing.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

ASU Planetarium

Evening shows are offered Tuesday and Thursday nights from Sept.-Nov. and Feb.-April. Shows begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 30 to 50 minutes. Weather permitting; viewing though ASU telescopes follows each show. Reservations are required for all evening shows.

Tempe, AZ Planetariums

Kiwanis Community Park

Tempe's premier 125-acre park has 12-acre lake, urban fishing, boat rentals, two group picnic ramadas, sand volleyball courts, softball/soccer fields, playgrounds and Kiwanis Park Recreation Center. Batting Cages

Tempe, AZ Recreation

Petersen House Museum

Restored Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1892 by one of Tempe'

Tempe, AZ Museums

ASU Mars Global Surveyor Facility

The facility supports the Thermal Emission Specrometer experiment that was sent aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft when it launched in November 1996. The Mars facility has a visitor area with displays about Mars and a television tuned to NASA TV.

Tempe, AZ Learning Centers

Rio Lago Cruise

Boat tours, charters and rentals. Boats available for large and small events. Pedal boats, ocean kayaks and charter boats. Call for rates and packages.

Tempe, AZ Cruises

Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Briarwood Country Club At Sun City West

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 14 days...

Cave Creek Recreation Area

Hiking trails, camping, and RV hookups are available at the Cave Creek Recreation Area. The Go John Loop Trailhead - From...

Paradise Peak West

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...