Tempe Beach Park: 6 Easy Guides to Get Ready for the Coolest Events in Town!

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Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM

Getting scammed ain’t fun – except if it’s about Tempe Beach Park. Yes, Tempe Beach Park has no beach at all in its area. Confused now? Tempe Beach Park is a 25-acre park with an interesting outdoor setting near the Tempe River. 

It has been the main gathering place for Valley residents and visitors since its development in the early 1920s. What makes this park famous? It's the park that hosts about 40 cool events of all kinds, shapes, and sizes each year. 

Are you ready to experience your first public event in Tempe Beach Park? Read our easy guides below!

Tempe Beach Park Map and Location

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Tempe Beach Park is located at 80 W Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona, the US8281. Tempe Beach Park itself is a part of Tempe Town Lake. So, instead of a beach town, Tempe Beach Park is near a reservoir. 

From the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway), you can exit at either Priest (west side) or Rural (east side) and then travel south to the Rio Salado Parkway. 

If you’re coming from Tuscon, it will take you 108.7 miles drive or about one and half hours of driving. 

Tempe Beach Park Opening Hours 

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Tempe Beach Park is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. You can totally do a morning jog there while the air is still super fresh and clean!

Tempe Beach Park Events and Concerts

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As we’ve mentioned before, Tempe Beach Park is famous for hosting various events in town. This place has been a source of entertainment and socialization for the residents of Tempe for almost 90 years. It used to be the site of Florida’s first Olympic-size pool. 

The events you might probably want to join including Ford Marathon Arizona, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Fourth of July celebration, Way Out West Oktoberfest, and many others. For a complete list of their events, you can check it out on Phoenix Eventful or Tempe Tourism webpage. 

Don’t miss out their major events such as Oktoberfest and Halloween Party!

Tempe Beach Park Splash Pad

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There are many activities you can do in Tempe Beach Park. Some of them are bicycling, jogging, and skating on a designated path/area. You can also picnic with your friends or family, baseball, boating, or even fishing! 

While you jog or stroll along the park’s path, you can check out the art along the trail. It shows the visitors some interesting info and history on display about the dam. If you don’t bring your own bike/kayak, they have a place where you can rent them and other things along the shore. 

If you’re looking for the famous Tempe Beach Park splash pad, we must inform you that the splash pad area was moved from Tempe Beach Park to the Tempe Kiwanis Park, a park near Baseline Road and Mill Avenue, around recreation center closer to Rural and Guadalupe Roads. 

The original plan was to renovate the splash pad in Tempe Beach Park because of its plumbing and potential safety issues. Now, they decided to move it instead. 

Tempe Beach Park Parking and Rules

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There are three parking areas near the Tempe Beach Park. The first one is Tempe Beach Park surface lot. The second one is 201 S Ash Parking Garage, and the third one is Hayden Ferry Lakeside Parking Garage. The third parking area is a paid parking.

If you’re planning to visit this park, there are some rules you must follow. It's prohibited to misuse the facilities available at the park. Visitors are not allowed to drink alcohol (except beer by permit). No campfires or other dangerous acts allowed in the area. Glass containers, golfing, horses, motor vehicles are also prohibited to enter Tempe Beach Park.

Visitors can't skateboard riding except in the designated areas. Besides, the park is not the proper place for swimming, diving, bathing, and also wading. You’re also not allowed to feed birds and wildlife. If you’re bringing a pet along, put them on a leash and make sure to clean up their mess.

Hotels near Tempe Beach Park

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There are many hotels you can book in case you’re visiting Tampa and Tampa Beach Park for more than a day. You can choose between Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott Tempe.

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is a 3,5-star hotel with valet parking, free wi-fi access, and free airport shuttle. The location is very strategic to access other tourist destinations in Tampa. The hotel is only 8 minutes of walk from Tempe Beach Park. 

The courtyard by Marriott Tempe is a bit further, around 10 minutes away from Tempe Beach Park by walking. The amenities include internet connection, fitness center, outdoor pool, and others. All public areas are non-smoking and pets are not allowed in this hotel. 

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