Disclosure: I attended baseball spring training at no cost as part of a press trip to Arizona. All opinions are my own.
I’ve gone to baseball spring training in Arizona for two years in a row, and it’s really one of my favorite family vacation spots. There’s something for everyone in Arizona, so it’s a great time to not only enjoy baseball, but also have fun exploring the city of Phoenix with your family. Since the month of March is still pretty cold here in MA, it’s also a nice break from the late winter. Here are five tips so that you can enjoy a family trip for baseball spring training in Arizona.
Tips for Baseball Spring Training in Arizona
Visit a variety of baseball fields.
We are Red Sox fans, so when we go to spring training in Arizona, we don’t have a “home team”. Even if you are do have a home team, then I recommend you visit a variety of fields. They are all so different, and it’s worth checking out a few different ones. Explore the fields while you are there – they are all unique and have their own identity.
As you may guess, there tends to be a lot of traffic congestion in the areas around the baseball fields before the games. Arrive early so you get the best parking and don’t have to worry about being late because of traffic.
Stay in a great resort.
There are a few family resorts I recommend, like the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Westin Kierland Resort. You’ll also be able to enjoy the pools, the kids activities, and the other amenities when you aren’t watching baseball spring training.
Check out some of the attractions.
Even if you are there specifically for baseball spring training, there are so many other options for kid-friendly attractions. I really love the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Musical Instrument Museum which can be visited over several days.
Check out downtown as well. There’s been so much done to Downtown Phoenix in the past few years, and there’s now so much to see. There’s also “Food Truck Friday” which includes many of the popular local trucks. You can see all of our things to do in Phoenix with kids here.
Consider a trip to Tucson.
Although it’s not as populated as Phoenix, Tucson includes some great kid-friendly attractions, like the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum and Trail Dust Town. My kids are still talking about our trip there last year. I recently stayed at the Westin La Paloma and really enjoyed it.
Have you been to baseball spring training in Arizona? What tips would you recommend?