Spring Training: a Cactus League Travel Planner

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Cactus League Spring TrainingWhat: The Cactus League

Are you ready for the start of the regular baseball season in sunny Arizona during Major League Baseball’s Cactus League Spring Training? Games are held at various stadiums in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, including nearby Tempe Diablo Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Cactus League’s 15 MLB teams will report for Spring Training in 8 cities, in a tradition that has been around since 1947.

Spring training is some of the best ball you can see. Young upstarts are playing with big names. It’s not hard to get autographs, or see the action. Be sure and bring your glove in case you find a foul ball hurtling your way.

Where: the Phoenix-Scottsdale area

Enjoy Cactus League games in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe.

Who: The Cactus League’s 15 MLB Teams

Coming from out of town?

Be sure to plan your trip, buy tickets and get schedules for the teams that you want to watch: Angels, Athletics, Brewers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Mariners, Padres, Rangers, Reds, Rockies, Royals, White Sox.

When: 03/03/2015 – 04/04/2015

With an arid, dry climate, Phoenix sees warm weather year-round. The most popular times to visit are the spring and winter, when the weather is pleasant and a variety of sporting events take place. You will find people wearing shorts and flip-flops, tickets are cheap, the people are great. Don’t expect the vibe of a mega-stadium. This is very family-friendly.

Phoenix has seasons typical for a desert climate. Keep in mind that once the sun sets, temperatures drop quickly, especially in the spring. Be sure and bring layers of clothing on day trips, especially if they span from early morning to late evening. Spring temperatures average a high of 85 degrees and a low of around 58.


Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden

What to Do: Outside in Phoenix

Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you can easily enjoy a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities such as golf, biking, hiking, rock climbing, jeep tours, hot-air balloon rides, and horseback riding.

Be sure not miss seeing the best of Arizona’s deserts plants in their best season (March). The Desert Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in the Phoenix area and easy to access for people of all abilities.


International Musical Instrument Museum

International Musical Instrument Museum

What to Do: Inside in Phoenix

Fun for the family indoors can include museums filled with Native American art and history, a show, the symphony or ballet. Or shop in our world-renowned malls, niche boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and outlet centers.

Rated #1 of all things to do in Phoenix – for a global music experience go to The Musical Instrument Museum. While a little noisy for more quiet-loving folks, this fantastic museum aims to exhibit at least one instrument from almost every country in the world. Super for kids to get hands-on with world music.

Book lovers rejoice! As far as cities and libraries, Phoenix would be the coolest city in the world. The top floor reading room in the Burton Barr Central Library is fantastic for relaxing, reading and people watching. This is also a gem of architectural beauty.


Eating PhoenixWhat to Eat in Phoenix

Eateries near: Phoenix Municipal Stadium

  • Oregano’s Pizza Bistro: An original Chicago-style pizza joint serving award-winning thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas to the sounds of Sinatra, Martin and Big-Band music. Oregano’s unique menu includes delicious and original tastes, wings, pastas, salads, sandwiches and The Original Pizza Cookie dessert. See locations here.
  • Stockyards Restaurant and 1889 Saloon: The Stockyards’ “New West Cuisine” embraces the culture and culinary trends of the Southwest, utilizing the freshest and highest quality indigenous ingredients in new and innovative ways. See location here.
  • Loco Patron: Their slogan says it all, “Eat, drink and BE LOCO! Never a dresscode, never a cover.” The menu features crunchy tacos, wings, ceviche, chimichangas, mac and cheese, and steak salad. The bar menu features about two dozen tequilas and imported and domestic beers. Happy hour is 3-7 p.m. daily. See locations here.

Eateries near: Maryvale Baseball Park

  • Los Reyes De La Torta: The signature torta here is the aptly named Torta del Rey. It’s fit for a king, a monster two-hander filled with pork, ham, thin-sliced breaded beef, chorizo, cheese, fried egg, avocado, beans, lettuce, tomato and jalapeño, packed in a crusty Mexican roll. See locations here.

Eateries near: Camelback Ranch Glendale

  • Shout House: If you like pretty girls dancing on tables, this is the place for you. Enjoy the dueling-pianos bar and bar food. People come back again and again for their 32-ounce Big Ass Beer Cup. Be sure to arrive before 7 p.m., or bring cash on Fridays and Saturdays for the $5 cover charge. See location here.
  • Native New Yorker: “Wings by the each” is a great way to taste all their award-winning fantastic flavors. With locations all over Arizona, there is sure to be one wherever your travels take you.

hot-dogEateries near: Scottsdale Stadium

  • Don & Charlie’s: This spot is a must-see with a impressive collection of baseball memorabilia. Our favorites are the juicy ribs, roasted chicken and impressive beer and wine menu. A gluten-free menu is also available. Book early. This place is always packed. Reservations can be made for spring training 30 days ahead. See location here.

Eateries near: Salt River Fields

  • The Cove Trattoria: Enjoy classic and modern Italian cuisine. Wood-fired gourmet pizzas are topped with from-scratch sauces and fresh ingredients. See location here.

Eateries near: Tempe Diablo

  • Casey Moore’s Oyster House: this neighborhood sports bar and restaurant is a favorite because of its outdoor and indoor seating. Beer, specialty drinks and hearty food. See location here.
  • Boulders on Broadway: Park your bike to enjoy it 70+ craft beers and fabulous pizzas. See location here.

Eateries near: Cubs Park

  • Portillo’s Hot Dogs: A Chicago transplant, this place pulses with a vintage vibe from the 30’s-50’s. Also available: burgers, sandwiches, salads, shakes. See locations here.
  • The Greek Pita: From vegetarian falafel to beef and lamb gyros, this place features all the tastes of affordable Mediterranean cuisine. See locations here.
Humble Pie Pizza

Humble Pie Pizza

Eateries near: Peoria Sports Complex

  • Salty Señorita: Features Express Lunch specials and other yummy offerings, such as steak quesadillas, grilled chipotle burritos and avocado steak salads. See location here.
  • Humble Pie: Topping choices galore for your wood-fired artisan pizzas here. Also enjoy salads, sandwiches, pastas and desserts. See locations here.
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: One of our favorite places to eat. Large menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. We have never eaten anything we didn’t like. See locations here.
  • Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co: Those from Southern California will recognize this microbrewery and restaurant. This Glendale restaurant is the only location outside of California. This spot offers gourmet pizzas, salads and microbrewed beer. See locations here.
Culver's Butter Burger

Culver’s Butter Burger

Eateries near: Surprise Stadium

  • Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen: This Tex-Mex joint serves such favorites as fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, quesadillas and combination plates. See locations here.
  • Culver’s: Another one of our favorites, this restaurant is well known for its signature cooked-to-order butter burgers, north Atlantic cod, and frozen custard, as well as its Mid-western hospitality. See locations here.
  • Babbo Italian Eatery: The extensive menu at Babbo (“Daddy” in Italian) features gluten-free, vegetarian, kid-friendly, and meaty specialties that will please any one in your party. See locations here.
  • Dillon’s at Wildlife World Zoo: Winner of the Phoenix Magazine ‘Best of the Valley’ award, this restaurant known for its Kansas City-style barbecue has a 60,000-gallon aquarium; a sure pleaser for visitors of all ages. See locations here.

Phoenix Resorts and Spas


Where to Stay in Phoenix

More than three dozen luxurious resorts are scattered throughout the Valley, many of which provide spectacular spas that offer special treatments native to Arizona.

With so many ways to keep busy or simply lounge out, it’s easy to see why visitors find themselves completely satisfied in Greater Phoenix.


What to Drive while you are in Phoenix

Nothing is quite as beautiful as the scenic landscape of the Sonoran Desert, unless it is the thriving and beautiful cities of the Greater Phoenix area. Think: Old West, Modern Culture, Outdoor Activities and Sports. In fact, this is one of only eight U.S. cities to field teams in all four major professional sports. What could be better than seeing it all in a luxury sports car rental?

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