Sunny skies, cold brews and the crack of the bat can only mean one thing—it’s Spring Training season in Scottsdale. With the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium and the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies just minutes away at Salt River Fields, there’s no shortage of on-the-field excitement. When you’re not cheering for your favorite team, try these 5 ways to maximize your pre- and post-game fun.
Craft Beer Crawl
There’s no doubt about it—beer and baseball go hand-in-hand. You’ll find the best craft brews along the downtown Scottsdale Ale Trail, which boasts eight sudsy stops. Highlights include more than 30 Arizona brews on tap at Craft 64, local beers and exotic European imports at Brat Haüs, and Goldwater Brewing, whose Machine Gun Teddy brown ale earned a bronze medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.
Indulge your inner foodie on a walking culinary tour with Arizona Food Tours or Taste It Food Tours. Each three-hour excursion includes food and wine tastings at approximately six of downtown’s finest restaurants. Other tour options include a free monthly trolley ride guided by Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours, Segway tours and pub crawls on the 15-passenger Arizona Party Bike. You can also explore on your own with bikeshare options LimeBike and OFO. Just look for the brightly colored bikes throughout downtown, download the app and go.
With average March temperatures near 80°F (27°C), the weather’s perfect for a dip in the pool. Soak up the rays at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Sunset Beach Pool, which boasts 9,000 sq. ft. of soft white sand for lounging. Rent a private cabana at the Hotel Valley Ho’s OH Pool and enjoy the retro vibe and see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Or make a splash in the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s resort water playground, which includes 10 swimming pools and a three-story waterslide.
Kick back with the hottest local bands at venues throughout Scottsdale. Country music takes the stage at The Rusty Spur Saloon, Handlebar J and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, while jazz and R&B rule at Kazimierz world wine bar. Prefer to take the mic yourself? Reserve a karaoke suite at Scottsdale’s buzziest new nightclub, Blind Dragon, or local favorite Geisha A Go Go.
Events & Festivals
In addition to Spring Training, March ushers in a host of must-see special events. See renowned artists at work during the Celebration of Fine Art (daily through March 25, 2018), enjoy live music and interactive public art installations during Canal Convergence (Feb. 23 – March 3, 2018), get your Western on at the Parada del Sol Rodeo (March 8 – 11, 2018) or cruise the hot rods and muscle cars at the Good Guys Spring Nationals (March 16 – 18, 2018).
Visit ExperienceScottsdale.com for more vacation inspiration and start planning your Spring Training getaway today.