Many seniors turn to Tempe for retirement due to the warm weather and the chance to not shovel snow during the winter. Tempe is also full of landmarks, museums, parks, and tours to keep you busy all year long.
Football fans will love visiting the Sun Devil Stadium and possibly catching a game. The stadium was built in 1958 to hold 75,000 Sun Devil fans. Throughout the years, the stadium has been expanded and renovated for a better viewing experience at every angle.
The Charles Trumbull Hayden Memorial honors the founder of Tempe and consists of plaques that tell the story of the city. The memorial is not far from the Sun Devil Stadium on East 5th Street.
Nature lovers can hike to the Hayden Butte Preserve located at Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. What makes the preserve special is its more than 500 petroglyphs made by the Hohokam between 750 A.D. and 1450 A.D. The area is considered sacred by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
SEA LIFE Aquarium Arizona is filled with fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, seahorses, and host of other marine life. Visit the aquarium and park and walk through the Dive Log Trail tunnel to experience sea life’s natural behavior. You can also participate in the Conservation Cove Exhibit to learn how you can protect the environment.
The Rolling Hills Golf Course is a small and well-maintained course that allows you to rent a cart if needed while you enjoy your round of golf. The first nine holes were built in 1960 and the remaining nine holes were added in 1987. It also features a restaurant and bar as a hang out spot after a game.
If you enjoy spending your free time on the water, consider using Tempe Town Lake Rentals to rent a boat for the lake including a paddle boat for yourself or take your friends out on a pontoon.
Movie-goers will want to visit the Pollack Tempe Cinemas for $2 and $3 movies. Just like the large competitors, this movie theater provides great movies, popcorn, and snacks, and plenty of entertainment, but without price gouging. During the holidays, the cinema offers free holiday movies to customers on specific days.
Gun aficionados can use the shooting range at C2 Tactical to practice. The indoor gun range has a large selection of guns and offers training classes and private sessions to help improve your skill. You can purchase firearms and ammunition from C2 Tactical as well as use the 23 shooting lanes.
If you want to try a fun tour in Tempe, consider a food tour with Arizona Food Tours. When you book a tour, you will visit five restaurants with each serving a different type of fare. The afternoon tour may include Pedal Haus Brewery, House of Tricks, Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant, La Bocca Urban Pizzeria, and Delice Bistro.
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