One of the common refrains you hear from teams making their way to the Triple Crown Arizona Spring Championships is just how lucky everyone feels to be heading to the desert while winter’s chill is making summer seem like a million miles away.
During your trip in the greater Phoenix area, there will be opportunities to slip away from the tournament to enjoy the region’s unique flair and fun. Here are five activities to consider:
MLB SPRING TRAINING – If you’re playing baseball, chances are you’re a fan of the big leagues as well. Coming to Arizona in March offers the opportunity to see the MLB in a fresh light – young prospects looking to make an impact, and veteran players working out the kinks in an up-close-and-personal setting, almost nothing like you’ll experience in the regular season. The Cactus League features 15 MLB teams in a tight radius in greater Phoenix.
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN – Thousands of plant species and a riotous variety of color and texture make the Garden a rewarding destination; it’s always amazing to consider the mix of plants, flowers, trees and cacti that are natural, native inhabitants of Arizona.
SCOTTSDALE – If the mood strikes for a little culture, head to this northern suburb. The restaurants, shopping and art galleries are defined by the finer touches in appearance and style, offering a full-on break from the ballpark experience.
GOLF – If you love to play, your time in and around Phoenix puts you on the doorstep of hundreds of courses, suitable for beginners through experts. Should you get enough time away from the ballpark, tee it up, especially because the weather is ideal – this diversion is a lot more of a challenge in summertime.
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS – On the east side of the metro area sits the jagged, jaw-dropping beauty of the Superstition Mountains, home of numerous hiking trails that can be as challenging as you desire. Again, tackle these powerfully gorgeous vistas in springtime, when conditions make it a pleasurable journey.