Written by: Arizona Mills
Between warmer weather, longer days and a break from school, summer is the season of adventure, and the perfect time to create lasting memories with family. Whether you’re an Arizona local or visiting Tempe on vacation, Arizona Mills – located in the heart of Tempe and just 15 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – is the ultimate destination for fashion, food and fun. With more than 185 stores, diverse dining options and exclusive entertainment venues, the state’s largest indoor value-retail and entertainment destination has something for everyone to enjoy.
Beat the summer heat and treat your family to a shopping spree! As an indoor, climate-controlled center, Arizona Mills offers the ultimate shopping experience, with top brands at up to 70% off. Whether you’re looking for a flowy summer dress, the perfect jean shorts, a new hiking outfit, or already thinking about back-to-school clothes for the kids, you’ll find great deals at an impressive mix of stores including Levi’s Outlet, Gap Outlet, Nike Clearance Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Oakley Vault, Express Factory Outlet, Buckle, H&M, Forever 21, Children’s Place Outlet and the Disney Store Outlet. And with top brands like Steve Madden, Skechers, Vans Outlet, Crocs, Famous Footwear, Journeys, Foot Locker and more, Arizona Mills is a shoe lover’s paradise!
All that shopping can work up an appetite! Arizona Mills offers a wide variety of family-friendly dining options, whether you’re in the mood for a sit-down meal or something on-the-go. The Rainforest Café is a top pick – with a kids’ zone, gift shop and interactive dining experiences, it’s so much more than a restaurant! Other dining options include Johnny Rockets, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen. And for those shoppers with a sweet tooth, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Roll Avenue Ice Cream for Instagram-worthy treats. Be sure to plan for a post-meal walk – the center is laid out in a loop, with one mile of exciting stores to explore!
With several exclusive entertainment attractions, Arizona Mills is the perfect place to take the kids for a day of play! Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center to experience a factory tour, 4D cinema, creative workshops and a play zone – it’s like jumping into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks ever! Then head next door and dive to the depths of the world’s waters from the heart of the desert at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, where visitors will discover 30 interactive zones & exhibits including an Interactive Tidepool Experience, Critter Canyon, a Bay of Rays and more! Parents and kids alike will also enjoy Tilt Studio, which offers a dynamic roster of more than 150 classic and modern games. The two-story, 40,000 square foot venue also features a delicious array of American and regional cuisine, as well as a Taproom to relax and watch your favorite sporting events on big screen TVs. Looking to catch the newest movies? Head to Harkins Theatres 25 or IMAX to experience the largest IMAX in the state.