Phoenix, AZ

Three things to do in Tempe Lake

Sandy Casariego

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PHOENIX, AZ — A desert oasis in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Tempe Town Lake offers various exciting events and activities to enjoy year-round.

To manage your mental health from new stresses due to COVID-19, you may want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. You can do social distancing and experience the outdoors in one go.

  • Go for jogging

These are stressful times, and being stressful can harm our immune system. Thankfully, easy to moderate runs can help with reducing the cortisol (stress hormone) levels in our bodies. You can cross the water by using stairs near the southbound Mill Avenue bridge to the north side of the lake. Turn right, and take the sidewalk on the bridge that takes you back to the park entrance along Rio Salado Parkway.

  • Ride a bike

Riding a bike combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new views. It has enormous benefits on the health of the upper respiratory system. In Tempe Transportation Center, you can easily rent a bicycle from The Bicycle Cellar, located at Fifth St. You can also rent an electric scooter in Tempe Beach Park.

  • Explore public artwork
    Recent research has shown that a trip to the art gallery can positively impact your health and well-being in several important ways, like lowering depression and boosting critical thinking skills. Tempe has lots of public artworks all the way to the lake. The "Words Over Water" tiles line the lake's south shore to the Valley Metro Rail bridge.

The City of Tempe provides a brochure of Tempe Town Lake public art for visitor self-guide. Exploring these artworks may help lessen anxiety and the stress it places on our bodies.

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