Warm weather, non-stop sunshine, palm trees, what else could you possibly ask for? With Spring Training right around the corner, it’s time to start planning out your trip. Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of 11 things to do while in town. Beautiful desert gardens, one-of-a-kind castles, unique dining, the best golf, and more, make sure you don’t miss out on these endless possibilities while in Phoenix.
The smell of something brewin’ will have you falling in love with this place the moment you walk in. To truly be able to say you’ve been to Arizona, you must try the #1 locally made Four Peaks Brew. With two different locations offering free tours, you will be able to try numerous great beers while learning all of their secrets. If you are interested in learning everything beer, we recommend going to the Four Peaks on Eight Street in Tempe, which was named one of the best bars in Phoenix.
1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 – Get Directions
2. Phoenix Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh hi! At our highly-rated zoo in Papago Park, you will be able to see over 3,000 different types of animals that thrive in the desert heat. With numerous trails to follow throughout the zoo, you will feel like you are actually walking throughout the wild. From 4D theaters to camel rides to petting stingrays, there is surely something for everyone.
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 – Get Directions
This fun and interactive golfing experience is sweeping the nation, and we definitely suggest it when finding something awesome to do when you’re not checking out a Spring Training game. TopGolf combines the golfing experience with games and challenges, all the while offering excellent food and beverage that you can have while you golf or at their on-site restaurant. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!
9500 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 – Get Directions
When in doubt, grab a chair and stay awhile at True Food Kitchen. This delicious restaurant is full of feel-good food that will make you less guilty for splurging. True Food accommodates all kinds of dietary needs and encourages healthy eating without sacrificing taste. If you are looking for a unique restaurant to try while in Phoenix, this should definitely be on your list.
2502 E Camelback Rd Suite 135, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – Get Directions
What do brunch and Guy Fieri have in common? Matt’s Big Breakfast! This savvy breakfast spot is one of the best you will find in Phoenix and is Guy Fieri approved. Featured on the Food Network, CNN, New York Times, Thrillist and Bon Appétit, this restaurant was voted as one of the most popular places to dine at while in town. If you are in the mood for some A+ food, we recommend heading on over to Matt’s Big Breakfast.
3118 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – Get Directions
There’s no room for wining at this boozy wine café. Pour yourself a glass and relax at Postino Arcadia next time you are in town. This Italian restaurant is an electric place to dine if you are in the mood for foods like meatballs, bruschetta, carpaccio or charcuterie boards. An Italian twist mixed with today’s pop culture gives this restaurant an edge like you’ve never seen.
3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018 – Get Directions
Sugar, spice and everything nice? More like bitter, twisted, and everything gifted. This hip cocktail parlor is housed inside the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters and was named one of the best bars in America. Bitter & Twisted is a stylish eatery and drinking space with a world-class cocktail program. If you are looking for a place to enjoy globally recognized cocktails while indulging in innovative bar bites, you definitely need to check out Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.
1 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 – Get Directions
It’s time to treat yourself to the flavors of the southwest at this centrally located restaurant. At Poppy’s, you will be able to indulge in locally and globally inspired dishes and bites all inspired by Arizona’s freshest ingredients. The culinary team at Poppy’s take pride in their ability to take dishes we all know and love and add an inventive twist to them. If you feel like getting out of your comfort zone a little bit, stop on by and give it a try.
222 E Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – Get Directions
We get it, all you think about when you hear the word “desert” is dirt and tumbleweeds, but we are here to show you how wrong you are. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity, a date-night spot or a place to relax and enjoy music, the Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect spot for you. Full of cactuses, trees and colorful flowers, this garden radiates happy energy and showcases thousands of species from around the world. The Desert Botanical Garden will give the word “desert” a whole new meaning.
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 – Get Directions
10. Cobra Arcade Bar
Drinking and playing arcade games…sounds like a dream, right? At the Cobra Arcade Bar, a dream is exactly what it is. This arcade bar is full of vintage games that we all grew up loving and playing. From pinball to donkey kong, this bar is sure to give you that competitive edge while having a good time. If you’re feeling up to it, head on over to Cobra Arcade Bar and see if you can beat some high scores.
801 N 2nd St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – Get Directions
And last, but most certainly not least, we invite you to visit the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. The Biltmore offers two excellent courses, both at a par 71, with a combined 12,886 yards between them. The courses treat players to sprawling fairways with enough challenges to keep even the most seasoned golfer entertained. With the ability to book a tee time online (just click the button at the bottom of the page), it doesn’t get much easier when it comes to enjoying a little golf on your getaway.
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – Get Directions