Posted on: February 5, 2014
Soon, baseball fans from all over the country will be visiting Tempe for Cactus League Spring Training games. But seeing Mike Trout and Albert Pujols isn’t the only fun thing you can do here in town. Visitors will find a variety of fun outdoor activities and spring festivals during their stay.
First, let’s quickly talk a little baseball. If you’re planning on seeing an Angels or Cubs game this year, I strongly recommend taking the free trolley to the ballpark. It’s easy and you don’t have to deal with traffic. Fans can take advantage of free transportation to and from Angels’ and Cubs’ home games by riding the trollies from the Mill Avenue District or Tempe Marketplace.
Game goers can catch the trolley service to both Tempe Diablo Stadium and Cubs Park on Mill Avenue. The trolley stop is located on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Fifth Street and will be marked with signage. Fans will be dropped off just south of Tempe Diablo Stadium. The trolley will circulate between the Mill Avenue District and the stadium every 20 minutes, from 2 hours before game time, until 30 minutes after the game on all home game days. In the Mill Avenue District, fans can park for FREE at designated parking locations with validation. Parking validation will be provided on the trolley.
The Tempe Marketplace trolley takes fans to the nearby Cubs Park. It leaves every 30 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and brings fans back to Tempe Marketplace during and after the game. Please note the trolley will begin at 5 p.m. for the March 24th evening game. The trolley stop is located on the south side of The District near Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill. For more information about the Tempe Marketplace free Spring Training Trolley, visit http://tempemarketplace.com/trolley/.
Spring is a great time to be visiting Tempe because the weather is perfect and you’ll find there’s something new to do almost every week in March. Beer lovers will flock to Tempe Town Lake on March 1st for the Great Arizona Beer Festival. This popular event will feature over 200 different beers from over 50 local, national and international breweries. Beer lovers will also enjoy the live music, tasty food, games and giveaways.
The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival is March 22nd-23rd at Tempe Town Lake and is a really fun event to see. Activities include two days of dragon boat races, food vendors and performances by martial artists, dancers and musicians. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers.
Since you’re in Tempe, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the warm weather and sunshine by renting paddleboard at Tempe Boat Rentals. Located at Tempe Town Lake, visitors can rent kayaks, pedal boats, hydrobikes and other boats. It’s the perfect way to have fun and work on your tan. Prices range from $12 per hour for a 2-person row boat, $18 for a pedal boat or $70 per hour for an electric pontoon boat, which can seat up to 10 people.
Lace up your hiking boots and explore Tempe’s great outdoors. For a picturesque hike, head to South Mountain Park/Preserve. Visitors will find miles of hiking and mountain bike trails amid the beautiful desert landscape. For a shorter hike, try Tempe’s Hayden Butte, more popularly known as “A” Mountain. Located in the heart of the downtown Mill Avenue District, this hike has amazing views of Tempe and its surrounding cities. For another point of view, nearby Papago Park is an excellent option. Located just north of Tempe Town Lake, Papago Park is home to the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and several hiking and biking trails. The popular hike to “Hole-in-the-Rock” is not to be missed.
Relax and see the beautiful flora native to Arizona and the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden, located just minutes north of the Mill Avenue District and downtown Tempe. Chihuly in the Garden is currently on display throughout the garden until May 18. This exhibit features stunning and vibrant works of art by world renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.
This is some of the fun baseball fans and visitors coming to Tempe in the coming weeks can expect to find. If you have any questions about any of these events, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office website or call us at 800-283-6734.
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