From mid-February through late March, baseball fans flood Scottsdale to cheer on three of the Cactus League’s heaviest hitters. Since the average baseball game only lasts about three hours, we have built a stellar line-up of things to do during spring training in Arizona.
Get your adrenaline pumping with desert tours by Jeep, Hummer and horseback. Soar above the Sonoran Desert in a hot air balloon or on a helicopter tour. Or hit the trail at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers hikes from casual strolls to thigh-burning workouts.
Break out your “A” game and take a little cash off your friends with a round at one of the Scottsdale area’s 200 golf courses. Options include lush traditional layouts and desert-style trophy tracks with notable monikers like TPC Scottsdale, Troon North and Grayhawk.
In the Scottsdale Arts District you’ll find dozens of galleries showing works in a variety of genres, from Western and Native American to contemporary and expressionist. Don’t miss the weekly Thursday night ArtWalk, when galleries stay open late and offer special exhibits, artist demonstrations and entertainment.
Old Town Scottsdale offers nearly 100 nightlife options, ranging from neighborhood pubs and wine bars to dance clubs. Just a short golf-cart or pedicab ride from Scottsdale Stadium, you’ll also find a variety of music, dance and theater productions at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Scottsdale is home to more than 50 resort and day spas inspired by healing traditions from around the world. Many incorporate indigenous Sonoran Desert ingredients and ancient Native American healing techniques into their offerings.
Hear music from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum. Experience Native American Culture at the Heard Museum. Feel the pioneer spirit at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Or explore cutting-edge creativity at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s all available at Scottsdale area museums.