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With 15 Major League Baseball teams playing more than 200 games across the Valley of the Sun during Spring Training, 2024 Cactus League season runs from February 22 to March 26. Here is a list of things to do in between games while you’re in the Phoenix area. Unique desert gardens, delicious dining, the best golf, and more, make for endless possibilities, and Arizona Biltmore Golf Club sits right in the middle of all the action.

1. Four Peaks Brewery

The fresh aroma of homemade suds fills the air at one of Arizona’s best microbreweries. With three locations (including Sky Harbor Airport) offering free tours, you’re welcome to try several options while learning all about the process that makes them so tasty. The Tempe location in particular, Four Peaks on Eight Street, was recognized in years past as one of the best bars in Phoenix.

1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 – Get Directions

2. True Food Kitchen

Need to fuel-up with some healthy fare? True Food Kitchen’s menu is full of wholesome guilt-free food to accommodate many different dietary needs or health goals to encourage wholesome eating without sacrificing flavor. 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

3. Matt’s Big Breakfast

Endorsed by Guy Fieri, Matt’s Big Breakfast serves-up one of the best breakfasts in Phoenix. Also featured on 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.

3118 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – Get Directions

4. Postino

With no room for wining, this boozy wine café pours passion into everything they make from meatballs, bruschetta and carpaccio to charcuterie boards.

3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018 – Get Directions

5. Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

This hip cocktail parlor is housed inside the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters and was named one of the best bars in America. It’s a stylish eatery and drinking space with a world-class cocktail program.

1 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 – Get Directions

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6. Poppy Restaurant & Bar

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

7. Phoenix Zoo

The highly rated zoo located in Papago Park features more than 3,000 different types of animals that thrive in the desert Southwest. Numerous trails weave throughout the campus, giving park-goers the feeling of 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

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8. Desert Botanical Garden

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

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9. 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

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10. TopGolf Scottsdale

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

11. Puttshack Scottsdale

Challenge your pals to a game of risk and reward at Puttshack Scottsdale. With automated leaderboards, solid menu, and lively, game-themed atmosphere, it’s not only a fun place during the day, but heats up even more after 8pm all-adult turnover.

15059 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 – Get Directions

12. PopStroke

With two Valley locations, Tiger Woods and TaylorMade launched this 18-hole putting course. It’s laid out on synthetic turf with each hole modeled after an actual golf hole – fairways, bunkers, rough, green, etc. – to create a fun challenge. The on-course mobile app keeps the drinks following, and everyone loves the ice cream parlor, playground and a full-service restaurant.

9245 E Hummingbird Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 – Get Directions

13. Putting World

This place is perfect for experienced golfers who want everything the upscale golf lifestyle has to offer with the type of conditions and competitive circumstances that sharpen the game. The 18-hole layout changes periodically to keep things interesting, and expert instructors manning a cutting-edge performance lab are onsite to dial in the stroke. Overlooking it all, Bar 19 offers a mouthwatering array of delicious dishes and craft cocktails.

16259 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 – Get Directions

14. Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

And last, but most certainly not least, we invite you to visit the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. The Biltmore Golf Club offers two excellent courses, The Estates Course and The Links Course, both at a par 71, with a combined 13,021 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 easily book a tee time online (just click the button in the upper right-hand corner of this page), it doesn’t get much easier when it comes to enjoying a little golf on your getaway. With a brand new, spacious Golf Shop, and the opening of the Adobe Bar & Grille and our new clubhouse in May 2024, The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is truly a modern classic and open for everyone.

2400 Biltmore Estates, Phoenix, AZ 85016 – Get Directions