The Spring Training Baseball game has been an old tradition for all the fans of baseball since 1947, under the warm sun of Arizona. Scottsdale is home to the Colorado Rockies, The Arizona Diamonds and San Francisco Giants. The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamonds train in the Salt Rivers Field, and the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale Stadium. People from all over the world come to Scottsdale to support their team during the Spring Training. However, in addition to supporting your favorite team, there are a lot of other fun things to do in Scottsdale during the training!
When you are not watching the game, there are many other ways to enjoy your stay in Scottsdale. If you are for an adventure go grab a Colombian hot dog from Simon’s Hot Dogs, then head out to explore Old Town Scottsdale that has a really cool Western vibe, great restaurants, bars, a lot of public art, exquisite galleries, museums, native pottery and many more stores to shop souveniers, hot chilli peppers, t-shirts, ice cream from the famous Scottsdale ice-cream parlour, Sugar Bowl and more. At night Old Town is ready for lifenight entertainment with a lot of clubs, bars and great restaurants.
Old Town Scottsdale is a nice charming walkable neighborhood that is hard to describe, you need to experiencing it, so definitely go if you have chance!
So now if you are there check it out the The Historic Museum, don’t worry it won’t take long because is a charming tiny museum, The Little Red Schoolhouse, home of the Scottsdale Historical Museum, it is part of the Civic Center plaza. With a lot of artifacts and pictures on display, essentially about the beginning of Scottsdale and their first school. So if you are interesting in learn how Scottsdale got its name or about its beginning here it’s the place. Free Admission however donations are always welcome.
Scottsdale Civic Center It’s really Cool park, with a lot of outdoor public art sculptures, statues, ponds, grassy hills, fountains, ducks, benches, pretty flowers, unbealivable relaxing and well taken care park, There are also restaurants, The Saguaro hotel, the public library, the performing arts center, the museum of contemporary art. There is a lot of free parking space so parking is not a problem.
This is a really cool park just next door to the Giants’ Stadium, so don’t miss it. The famous LOVE sculpture of Robert Indiana is there on display so it’s time for that great Love picture.
The plaza also hosts dozens of outdoor festivals and musical performances, so check it out for some cool events.
If you are planning to visit Sedona, here are some useful information that will help you planning your trip.Driving Distance from Phoenix to Sedona is like 2 hours trip, 119 miles.Take I-17 north toward Flagstaff 98.4 miles.Take exit 298 and turn left onto Highway 179.Travel on Highway 179 14.2 miles to Highway 89A.The intersection of Highway 179 and Highway 89A is known as the “Y”.Suggested stop: Rock Spring Cafe in Black Canyon , stop in, stretch your legs and have some pie “They make the best pies in the States: banana, coconut, butterscotch, apple and more”.Rock Spring Cafe:
35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy.
Black Canyon City, AZ 85324Sedona to Grand Canyon (South Rim) is approximately 2.5 hoursDirections To The Grand Canyon South Rim
The drive is beautiful. As the speed limit is low, so you have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic landscape.Suggested stop: Oak Creek Canyon Vista Point, stop to enjoyed the breath taking views and if you are in the mood for shopping, there are various Native American vendors selling authentic made Indian crafts, jewelry, and art along the walkway.
Every time that I describe a new place in Sedona I fall short of words to express the beauty of this lovely town and its surroundings, the Devil’s Bridge is not the exception; this is a breath taking hike and because there is a lot of articles online about this spectacular natural bridge. I decide to share Maureen Elsberry amazing experience hiking Devil’s bridge. Maureen had a great time in Sedona, and she and her friends know how to have fun so who better than she to dare you to come and enjoy this amazing place. Check here her wonderful adventure.
It is a beautiful park with two small paved trails that affords great views of the Cathedral Rock in the background and the Oak Creek runs on the side where you can swim, play or soak your feet in the water. This place is for the whole family; children, pets and people in wheelchair alike can enjoy the park. There are shaded benches and picnic area where you can eat and relax or you can take a hike either side of the creek surrounded by willow trees alongside of the trails. The south side of the creek will take you all the way to the top of Cathedral Rock.
Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset.
Red Rock Crossing is a State Park, a fee of $9.00 per carload
There are Vault Toilets by the parking lot
Bring plenty of water with you.
Bring camera Red Rock Crossing is one of the most photographed areas in Sedona.
Directions: From the Y in uptown Sedona, take 89A to West Sedona, pass West Sedona and just before leaving Sedona turn to the left, take the Upper Red Rock Loop Rd at the Sedona Red Rock High School. Follow this road to the park entrance, approximately 1 ½ miles, follow the signs leading to Red Rock Crossing.
This is a place not only for worship, but it is to enjoy the magnificent architecture and the gorgeous views.
Embedded in the rocks this Catholic chapel was completed in 1956. It is a must do attraction in Sedona. Inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The church is open to everybody whether you are Catholic or not. The Chapel of the Holy Cross offers views in almost every direction including the famous Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and great part of eastern Sedona.
* Chapel is open daily 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
* There is no admission fee
* Gift shop is in the basement
* You may have to go up a small hill
* Wheelchair accessible (except to the gift shop)
* Light candles for special needs ($1 per candle- donation)
* No restrooms available just portables toilets at the entrance
* No wedding Permitted
Brief evening prayer service on Monday evenings at 5 PM
Take State Route (SR) 179 south from Uptown Sedona to Chapel Road. Turn left and drive to the Chapel driveway/entrance. Parking attendants then guide you to an available spot. There is not much parking so there will probably be a wait sometimes.
If you are in West Sedona, go on to Highway 89A N toward Uptown Sedona and then, take Highway 179 south from Sedona toward the Village of Oak Creek. Turn left on Chapel Road. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is at the end of the road.Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality. “Marguerite Brunswig Staude”