Every spring, America’s favorite pastime makes a sunny detour through Arizona and Florida on its way to the regular season. It’s an opportunity for Major League Baseball teams to try out new players and get the entire organization limbered up for the long 162-game regular season. Baseball fans understand that while the records don’t count toward the playoffs, spring training means high stakes for players trying to make the team. Here are a few reasons why some of the best baseball travel happens from February to April.
- Enjoy 70-degree weather
Whether you travel to the Cactus League or the Grapefruit League, it’s a great escape from colder regions. Pack your sandals and enjoy average temperatures in the 70s and sunny conditions. A hot dog, a cold beer and sunscreen sure beats shoveling snow in a parka!
- Budget-friendly ticket prices
According to GoBankingRates, a pair of regular season tickets cost more than $40. During spring training, you can find seats for as little as $5 a piece. Box accommodations are also a bargain for businesses and group events.
- See several games over a few days
Half of the League is playing within a short drive of your hotel. See two games in a day or four to five in a weekend! You can enjoy all of your favorite teams in one trip.
- Scout out the players
Super fans know that spring training is an important time for the development of a team. Whether they just won the pennant or are in a slow build, stars are born during spring training. This is also a great opportunity to get informed before your annual fantasy baseball draft.
- Make it a family vacation
Baseball games are a great family activity. After you catch a game or two, enjoy hanging out at a sunny beach or hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
- Great food and entertainment
Arizona is known for its spicy southwest cuisine. Authentic Mexican food and local brews are found at every corner. The mild weather makes eating outside the perfect setting for a spring getaway. Florida is famous for its delicious seafood and authentic Cuban food. The beach vibe continues all through the night with great clubs and an exciting nightlife.
- It’s a great way to kick off the season
You look forward to baseball season every year. Why wait until Opening Day to start enjoying it? Kick off the year the same way that the athletes do, with a trip to paradise.
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