Tempe Town Lake

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Tempe Town Lake showing a river or creek and a bridge

Walking trails, beach parks and a dam border a river-shaped lake with kayaks, swan pedal boats and electric scooters for rent.

Surrounded by leafy parks with fun activities, Tempe Town Lake is a large reservoir running along the northern ridge of the city center. Elegant bridges provide views of high-rises and parkland. The lake is a haven for watersports. Go for a run around the perimeter of the lake, enjoying the vistas of the connecting Salt River.

Take a rental boat onto the water and enjoy views of the high-rise buildings of central Tempe from out on the lake. Large electric motor boats that fit 12 people are available, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Paddle your kayak beneath one of the stylish bridges extending across the reservoir. Borrow life jackets from the tour operators and bring your kids out on the swan pedal boats.

Join a stand-up paddle yoga session after paddling out to the middle of the lake with your fellow exercisers.

Rent a bike or an electric scooter and travel in style along the shore of the lake. Stroll through the green setting of Tempe Beach Park, on the southern edge of the water. Sunbathe by the lake and enjoy a picnic with your family in this scenic setting.

On the northern side of the reservoir is the LoPiano Bosque Habitat, which has nature trails meandering between mesquite and acacia trees. Head to the western end of the lake to see the dam.

Attend one of the many festivals held by the lake, including the Arizona Aloha Festival and the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, both held in March. Four Peaks Oktoberfest brings three days of fun, food and music to the park.

Tempe Town Lake is spread across the northern side of the city center of Tempe. It stretches east for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the Tempe Town Lake Dam.

Travel around the area for other nearby attractions such as Rio Salado Park, the Rolling Hills Golf Course and the Arizona State University, Tempe Campus.

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3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $61 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden, and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,998 reviews)
"Staff was friendly, parking was easy. Nice location in a park setting. Pretty affordable for Scottsdale as well. We would stay again."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

3 Palms
Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
3 out of 5
601 E 6TH STREET, BUILDING 2, Tempe, AZ
Fully refundable
The price is $104 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of Tempe, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arizona State University and Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Beach Park and Big Surf are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (315 reviews)
"Excellent for a close stay to ASU. Parking structure is a little far away so back and forth from the car can be difficult"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
2.5 out of 5
601 E 6th Street, Tempe, AZ
The price is $102 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in the heart of Tempe, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arizona State University and Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Beach Park and Big Surf are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (178 reviews)
"the breakfast buffet was outstanding with many options. Friendly staff that attended our demands."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
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3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $61 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
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Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
3 out of 5
601 E 6TH STREET, BUILDING 2, Tempe, AZ
The price is $104 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix / University
Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
2.5 out of 5
601 E 6th Street, Tempe, AZ
The price is $102 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Hyatt House Tempe/Phoenix/University
Aloft Tempe
Aloft Tempe
3 out of 5
951 E Playa Del Norte Dr, Tempe, AZ
The price is $142 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Aloft Tempe
Comfort Inn & Suites Tempe Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Comfort Inn & Suites Tempe Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
2.5 out of 5
808 North Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ
The price is $99 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Comfort Inn & Suites Tempe Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Inn of Tempe
Inn of Tempe
2.5 out of 5
670 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ
The price is $86 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Inn of Tempe
The Westin Tempe
The Westin Tempe
4 out of 5
11 E SEVENTH STREET, Tempe, AZ
The price is $152 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
The Westin Tempe
Tempe Mission Palms, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
Tempe Mission Palms, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
3.5 out of 5
60 E 5th Street, Tempe, AZ
The price is $169 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Tempe Mission Palms, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
3.5 out of 5
100 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ
The price is $139 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
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