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Take in a Spring Training Game on Vacation

February 18, 2013 by


Baseball is fun for all ages.

Baseball and warm spring weather make for a perfect getaway for baseball lovers. After a long winter, Arizona’s Cactus League and Florida’s Grapefruit League offer both sunshine and spring training game destinations.

Rays Fans

Rays fans in Florida.

Florida’s Grapefruit League

Florida’s Grapefruit League has been a draw to the sunshine state for 125 years. It all started when baseball players retreated to warmer weather to get into shape during the off season. Today, spring training games in Florida are played in 14 different locations starting in late February and most of March. 

Florida’s March weather is perfect for vacation. Be sure to check the baseball schedule for an off day to take advantage of the beach, golf, shopping, and of course eating. Exactly where you stay will depend on the team you want see play.

The Twins and Red Sox play in Lee County, the Rays in Charlotte County, The Baltimore Orioles play a little further north in Sarasota, the Pittsburgh Pirates in Manatee, and two teams, the Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, play in Pinellas County. 

Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale Stadium

Spring Training Cactus League

Spring training baseball has been played under the Arizona sun since 1947. Back then, only the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants played there. Today, baseball enthusiasts flock to the Phoenix area to watch spring training games played by 15 different teams. 

Ten different stadiums scattered throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area make attending spring training games convenient to hotels, dining, shopping as well as other attractions. Shopping includes unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and more.

Cultural and outdoor activities include golf, biking, and hiking. For the adventurous, hot-air balloon rides are a perfect way to take in the scenic landscape of the Sonoran Desert. If you’re looking to make your stay a little extra-special, there are dozens of luxury resorts in the area, complete with spas. 

Spring training games are well attended. Before you plan your trip, check the spring training game schedule online and buy your tickets in advance. 

Photo credits: Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, 5of7, Don Johnson 395

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