If you’re a baseball fan, I don’t need to remind you that Spring Training is coming up pretty quickly. If you’re from a sunny, mild climate, spring training is a great time to see your favorite MLB team in a number of games. If you’re from a snowy, cold climate, spring training is especially exciting. Not only is it a time to watch your favorite team hit home runs, it’s also a chance to escape to sunny, hot Scottsdale Arizona with its blue skies and average temps in the 70s.
Weather forecast aside, spring training is the perfect venue for the budding baseball fan. The smaller, more intimate venue, makes it easy for players to interact with fans, pass out autographs and take selfies. Kids (and adults alike) are welcome to patrol the outfield and try their luck at catching a home run. Talk about a cool souvenir!
Why should you bring the entire family to Spring Training?
Spring training is one of the few activities dubbed “fun for the whole family” that is actually (gasp) fun for the whole family. Who doesn’t love spreading out a blanket, slathering on the sunscreen, grabbing some hot dogs, and enjoying an exciting game of baseball? And even if certain family members’ couldn’t care less about America’s pastime, there’s a plethora of other activities in Scottsdale. From hiking to shopping to the aquarium, there’s something for everyone. It really is a fantastic way for the entire family to spend spring break.
What to eat during Spring Training:
Thankfully the baseball stadiums where spring training is held have your gametime eats covered. At Chase Field, you can enjoy a fried chicken banh mi, an asada dog piled high with guacamole, and steak and ale tots. Heading town to Sloan Park, only a short drive away in Mesa? Try out their street tacos and the Jim Beam Bourbon Dog. Each stadium has their own speciality park eats, so be sure to meander on over to the concession stands when your stomach starts growling.
Can you see every MLB team during Spring Training?
MLB Spring Training is split up between Florida (The Grapefruit League) and Arizona (The Cactus League). You can find information on the fifteen teams that will be playing in AZ aka The Cactus League on the MLB website. A huge perk to The Cactus League is that all ten stadiums are in Maricopa County and are within 50 miles of each other. It’s incredibly easy to throw the whole crew in the car and get from one stadium to another. So many places to get your suntan on!
Where to stay when you bring the whole family
The Old Town neighborhood is the perfect crash pad when in Scottsdale. It’s home to art galleries, phenomenal (and family friendly) dining, tasting rooms for local wineries, and easy walkable streets. And your Stay Alfred travel apartment includes a full kitchen and living room. It makes travelling with the family exceptionally easy since everyone has room to relax and you can whip up an easy meal. Breakfast omelettes then a quick dip in the pool before heading out for the day? Let’s do it.