Spring training baseball
With its mild dry weather, spring breaks in Phoenix draw many baseball fans. No less than nine major-league teams work out their winter kinks in one of the stadiums around Phoenix, including the Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners. Spend an afternoon under the sun, with an ice-cold beer and bag of buttery popcorn and watch rising young stars and seasoned players gear up for regular season play.
Phoenix for nature lovers
Discover Mother Nature’s beauty on a hike up Camelback Mountain. Rocky paths, dotted with stately cacti, lead to the summit, where a sweeping view of the Phoenix skyline unfolds. Marvel at the scarlet-hued formations of sandstone on a bike ride through the desert paths of Papago Park. At Desert Botanical Gardens, stroll amid colorful wildflowers on the Desert Wildflower Trail or see live butterflies flutter about in the butterfly pavilion. Be sure to stay until after dark to see the night-blooming flowers and the haunting silhouettes of illuminated cacti. Golfers can tee up amidst red-mountain majesty. Then there’s the awesome Phoenix sunset, which puts on a splendid light show imbued with hues of red, orange and purple.
Guild Indian Fair & Market
On the first weekend in March, Phoenix ushers in the spring at the Heard Museum with a celebration of the area’s American Indian heritage. Artists sell colorful handmade jewelery, beadwork, pottery, paintings and sculpture. Sample Hopi piki bread and Apache corn soup. Lively traditional dance performances, storytelling and music round out the entertainment.