Soul search in downtown Tempe

Find your creative spirit by the lake in the Mill Avenue District

Nora Burba Trulsson


The Mill Avenue District is located around Mill Ave. between Rio Salado Pkwy. and University Dr., south of State 202. For more information, contact the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/283-6734).


I Am the Center Escape the desert heat and pop into the holistic health center for a tai chi class in the silk-curtained studio, where aromatherapy diffusers scent the air. Afterward, hit the shop for yoga mats, or unwind with a massage. INFO: Classes $15, 90-minute massage $120; 21 E. Sixth St., Ste. 114; 480/491-5591.

Tempe Center for the Arts Ponder Masters of Illusion: Unveiling the Mysteries of Trompe L'Oeil (May 3-Aug 2; free) in the gallery, or see Alan Ball's 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (May 9-11 and 15-18; call for prices) in the theater. INFO: Closed Mon, call for Sun hours; free tour at noon Tue; 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.; 480/350-2822.

Rio Lago Cruise Rent a two-person pedal boat or a larger electric boat for a sunset cruise on Tempe Town Lake. You're apt to keep company with privately owned sailboats, kayaks, and even outrigger canoes. INFO: Closed Mon; rentals from $12 per hour; 80 W. Rio Salado; 480/517-4050.

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