Phoenix Spring Break Crawl: Baseball Spring Training and Beyond
Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Rico's American Grill
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it count at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. Dine in all-you-can-eat splendor at Rico's American Grill -- you don't have to be a guest to partake. Offered daily from 7 to 11 a.m., Rico's serves fruit, cereal, muffins, house-made granola, made-to-order omelets and more, all for just $15.43 for adults and $9 for kids.
See the Green Flash: Westin Kierland Resort
Where to watch the sunset
Hues of red, pink, orange, yellow and even purple create a delicious end to any Phoenix day. For a spectacular view of a desert sunset, grab a table at the lobby bar of the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. A bagpiper plays each day at sunset on the golf course just outside.
Don't Miss the Big Event: Major League Baseball Spring Training
A must-see springtime festival or event
Spring training is one of the highlights of spring in Phoenix. Thousands of people flock here to watch 15 Cactus League baseball teams compete and prepare for the season. You can go formal and get assigned seats like a traditional stadium ($20-$45), or go casual by buying affordable lawn seats ($10), grabbing a brew (or two).
Closer than Disney World: Phoenix Zoo
A great activity for kids and families
A year-round destination, the Phoenix Zoo is even more enjoyable in the spring thanks to the near-perfect weather. You can watch tigers and baboons and check out desert natives like snakes and lizards. Kids love the opportunity to ride a camel or feed a giraffe. (Pssst: Grownups do, too.)
Catch Some Rays: Lustre Rooftop Garden
A place to eat or drink outdoors
Rooftop bars and patios are a dime a dozen in this town, but for one of the best views of the sky (and some fantastic-looking people), head to the Lustre Rooftop Garden at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix. Nosh on gourmet burgers and flatbreads, and guzzle signature cocktails like the "Mr. Grean Jeans," which features gin, cucumber, lemon and basil.
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A Phoenix native, writer Elise Riley never understood what all the fuss about spring in Phoenix was about -- until she moved to Minnesota. By no surprise, she returned just a few years later, thawed out, and now spends her spring weekends reveling in the sun.