A trip to Phoenix in the spring means abundant sunshine and cooler weather. With WestJet offering 55 flights a week from eight Canadian cities, it’s the perfect time to hit the links, explore the desert or take in a baseball game. For newcomers to the desert, there are a few things to consider to guarantee a perfect holiday. Follow these tips to ensure the only thing prickly about your next trip to Phoenix is the cactus.
Step 1 Wear Your Sunscreen
With the average temperature in Phoenix during the first three months of the year settling at around 27 degrees Celsius, you’re going to want to cover up — with some sunscreen. The Sonoran Desert is one of the lushest deserts in the world, and it basks in sunshine more than 300 days a year. It’s where you’ll find stunning sunsets, towering saguaro cacti, colourful spring wildflowers and mountains on every horizon.
Thanks to all that sunshine and natural beauty, Greater Phoenix is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can experience the desert on an urban mountain hike or adventure with a guide from the perspective of a Jeep, hot air balloon, saddle and more. But don’t even think about exploring the outdoors until you’ve layered up with some SPF.
Step 2 Keep Your Eye On the Ball
Between a stroll on the green or family time out on the lawn during spring training, it’s easy to find activities for everyone to enjoy. The greater Phoenix area is home to nearly 200 golf courses, including TPC Scottsdale, home of the world-famous Waste Management Phoenix Open hosted every spring.
Throughout March, Phoenix is Cactus League country. In 2017, nearly 2 million fans attended spring training baseball games to root on the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and 12 other Major League Baseball franchises. Whether you’re there for the love of the game or not, the sunshine, the food and the beer will easily convert you to a spring sports fan in Phoenix.
Step 3 Love Yourself
If you’re ready for some pampering after a day in the desert or on the links, check into one of the posh spas at the local resorts and unwind with a massage or treatment that utilizes botanicals and elements from the desert surroundings. It’s important to take care of yourself, and a spa day, including a soothing massage or rejuvenating facial, is the ideal way to do just that.
Our last recommendation? Share how much you enjoyed your spring vacation to Greater Phoenix with your friends and family. Make sure to use #myphx when you post your photos and don’t forget to include your tips for exploring the best Phoenix has to offer.
BONUS Drive to Scottsdale for the OdySea Aquarium
At the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, visitors are fascinated by gigantic sea life and the stunning interactive display from National Geographic’s award-winning exhibition “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants”! Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition. The interactive exhibition includes extraordinary, life-size sculptures as well as videos and hands-on interactive activities. It takes visitors on a journey to river basins around the world to learn about colossal fish and the people that depend on them. Through detailed maps, sculptures and custom illustrations, the exhibition showcases close to 20 fish species and their diverse freshwater ecosystems. In addition to highlighting the biology of each species, the exhibit depicts the cultural ties between the fish and local people. From mythical tales and storied traditions to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the connection between humans and fish. “Monster Fish” will remain open until May 5, 2019.
OdySea Aquarium opened in September 2016. It features over 2 million gallons of water, more than 65 exhibits, 370 species, the world’s only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit, two Stingray touch exhibits, a tide touch pool and OdySea Voyager, the world’s only rotating aquarium exhibit. It’s also becoming known for its SeaTREK® underwater walking experience, a “Penguin Encounter Program” and “Shark Behind the Scenes” tours. The aquarium is open 365 days a year beginning at 9 a.m. For more information visit odyseaaquarium.com or call 480-291-8000.
125 N. 2nd St., Ste. 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Monday–Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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