As an Angels fan, attending Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona is a must. Spring Training is a set of exhibition games where players get a chance to gear up for the regular season games that start in April. The games are usually held in warmer locations such as Phoenix. The Los Angeles Angels play their games in Tempe, Arizona at the Tempe Diablo Stadium while the Los Angeles Dodgers play in the Camelback Ranch stadium located in Glendale, Arizona. Of course, you have to fill in the time when you’re not watching baseball games, so we put this list of 6 things to do in Arizona during Spring Training.
Spring Training in Arizona
One thing I love about spring training is that the stadiums are quite small so there are no chaotic crowds. It caters to all sorts of fans and you could see groups of women, groups of men and families as well. Another unique feature is that parking is reasonable. We only paid $5 for parking at Tempe Diablo Stadium and there was no charge at Camelback Ranch. It’s these little details that make a difference. You should look into hotels ahead of time since they tend to be pricier in March due to Spring Training. We ended up staying with family, so accommodations were not needed on our trip.
I would highly suggest Spring Training as the perfect time to go to Phoenix because the weather is so pleasant. We were there March 8th-10th and temperatures during the day were in the mid-80’s while in the evening the temperatures were in the mid-60’s. I would not recommend visiting Phoenix in the summer as it gets scorching hot.
We have a list of six things to do during Spring Training around the Phoenix area that are also budget-friendly. Check ’em out:
Snooze AM Eatery
615 S College Ave #103
Tempe, AZ 85281
We were on our way to Tempe Diablo stadium and had no idea where to have breakfast, so we went on our phones and found this business on Yelp. The location we went to is located in Tempe, however there are others around Phoenix so look on the website for specific locations. As I looked at the menu, I realized that I had been to this place before but in Del Mar, San Diego. Then a friend tipped me that there is a location in Tustin, California. One thing you will notice at this place is that there is always a wait. At the location in Tempe, they had a special section for walk-in customers, sort of like a bar area, and we were so grateful because we were so hungry.
I decided to have the OMG! French toast. It is coated with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut. The waitress also brought us a complimentary pineapple upside down pancake to taste test. We tried it and agreed that it was not too sweet which was a good thing. I also ordered a side of bacon and to drink I had a coffee and then a mimosa.
I would say that this a hip and trendy breakfast spot. The food is very good and the long lines show that everyone wants to try what this place is all about!
Postino Wine Café
7030 E Greenway Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
This place is a chain wine café with 7 locations all around the Phoenix area. We tried the location at Kierland Commons which is close to Scottsdale, just northeast of Phoenix. We really liked this location because it was located in a shopping center with many other restaurants and stores. It sort of reminded me of The Outlets in Orange because of all the outdoor space. We ordered some wine, which there was plenty of choices and some plates to share. The bruschetta plates, $14.75 each, are amazing because you can choose what flavors you want. My favorite flavor was the smoked salmon with pesto. We also ordered the chicken & mozzarella panini which was full of flavor and paired well with wine. All the dishes offered at this wine café pair well with wine. I chose to drink the Malbec wine while my friends tried white wine and sparkling wine. We then ordered a couple of their desserts and my favorite was definitely the Chocolate Bouchon which is a chocolate type of molten cake and comes with a side of vanilla bean ice cream.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere at this place. We went for dinner and the lighting was low but I believe that’s intended to be dark on purpose to set the mood for the evening. We sat in the patio and the entire place was at full capacity at around 7pm on a Friday night. It’s best to get there earlier on Friday or Saturday nights because the place does tend to fill up fast.
Bitter & Twisted
1 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
If you want to go to a fancy place where you can have a unique cocktail, then you must check out this place that is right in the downtown of Phoenix. There is usually a waitlist to get in, but it is worth it. A unique fact about this place is that it is located in the building where the Prohibition offices were located in the 1920’s. Isn’t it ironic that now it is a famous bar?
When you get a table at this place, they will hand you a cocktail menu and a food menu. The cocktail menu is extensive and holds over 60 different types of drinks. For my drink, I looked at the top ten greatest drinks list and ordered the “love fruit medley” which consists of house-made strawberry & pineapple vodka, watermelon, lemon and cranberry juice and will cost you $11. It was delicious! My friend tried the “lime & the coconut” drink which was a lot smaller in size and consisted of 100% agave tequila, limoncello, lime, pineapple syrup and coconut foam. She said the lemon taste overpowered the other flavors. This drink will also cost you $11.
I liked this place because it was upscale and the drinks were tasty, but they were a little pricey. This place has great reviews for their unique cocktails and I think you must try it at least once.
525 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
One of the friends I travelled to Phoenix with is a regular at this place. She loves it because it is so unique when compared to other local bars. This place is a huge warehouse with a ton of table games, a DJ with a dance floor, two bars and a restaurant. There really is something for everyone at this place. We went on a Friday night around 11pm and it was not that busy. Drinks were reasonably priced and they were playing a variety of pop music on the dance floor. The crowd was a mid-20’s age range, however I think it can accommodate all ages and we didn’t feel out of place at all.
We had a few drinks and then sat down at one of the many tables close to the DJ where we were able to enjoy the music and our drinks. We noticed a few gals were playing with hula hoops on the dance floor. This place is rated as one of the top restaurants and bars in Phoenix in many publications.
Dobbins Lookout Hike
10919 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Three of us decided to go on a hike on Saturday morning in the south side of the Phoenix area. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. The other two hikers did a great job and completed the 4.1 mile hike that was pretty much all uphill. I stayed behind because, let’s face it, I’m in pretty bad shape and just going on the hike was an accomplishment in itself. I was able to complete half the hike and patted myself on the back for doing it because it was pretty strenuous. Afterwards I went online to look up the level of difficulty of the hike, and I was not surprised to find out it was rated as difficult. It had some amazing views of downtown Phoenix however and the wildflowers and cacti were also pretty astonishing for the camera. I would not take the kids on this hike as there is a lot of steep hills. I did see some kids on the hike however not too many of them. Phoenix has a ton of trails, however, so don’t be afraid to do a little research for other less difficult hikes in the area.
Phoenix Walking Tour with Phoenix Rising Tour Company
If you are a history buff, then you will love doing a walking tour of Phoenix and learning all the history behind the city. My friend and I agreed to do the “Downtown Phoenix History & Highlights Walking Tour” because I wanted to learn Phoenix’s history and she wanted to get her steps in! It was a win-win for the both of us. The tour was early on a Sunday morning and lasted an hour and a half. It was early enough that we didn’t have to face the heat later in the day. The walking tour is also very affordable and will cost non-Arizona residents $10.
Phoenix Rising Tours is a fairly new company and they offer a variety of walking tours. Jill is very knowledgable about the history of Phoenix and she is also very energetic and passionate about her craft. She also provides worksheets for the kids in the group so they can stay focused and follow along with the history of Phoenix. One of the other tours that I would like to try in the future is the “Downtown Phoenix Coffee Crawl Walking Tour.” This one is a bit more pricey as they have to pay their vendors so it will cost you $35.
I learned a great deal of history on our walking tour. For example, I learned that only 40% of the Phoenix population is native and the rest is people who moved there from other locations. I also learned that the Mexican-American activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. In addition, I learned that Phoenix is known for the 5 C’s: copper, climate, citrus, cotton and cattle. I won’t spill all the beans about Phoenix, but there is so much more to learn about it that you will have to do a walking tour to check it out for yourself.
I had a great weekend in Phoenix, Arizona and I hope this list gives you an idea of things you can do when you visit in the future. I have included that March is a great time to go because of the pleasant weather and the fun baseball games, but you can complete some of these activities any other time of the year. Happy traveling!
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