Have fun away from the ballpark 

Spring training isn’t just about baseball. Here are some ideas on how to spend your time in the desert, whether you’re interested in partying hearty, spending quality time with the kids or expanding your cultural horizons:

Five Best Hangouts For Singles

» Do some serious night-clubbing: Axis and Radius are separate clubs in adjoining buildings that are owned by the same company and collectively form Scottsdale’s biggest nightclub. High-energy music, a swanky VIP room and an extensive cigar bar are just a few of the amenities that Axis and Radius offer.

» Enjoy a more mellow vibe: Dos Gringos Patio Bar is a casual, outside-dining pub and has a wide variety of drink and food specials. The spacious bar has two floors, with the Whiskey Room the highlight of the first floor, and the Rocky Point Beach Party the attraction of the second floor.

» Watch the games — on TV: Located on the top floor of the Chapparal Suites, the 4th Floor Grille and Sports Bar’s menu is ripe with classic sports-viewing food specialties, including wings, sandwiches and pizza. Nine state-of-the-art high-definition televisions are present. 

» Check out rockin’ live music: If you’re thirsting for some great live blues and rock ’n’ roll music, then Scottsdale’s Sugar Daddy’s, in the heart of Scottsdale’s Old Town district, should be your destination of choice. It features live music seven nights a week.

» Feel an urban vibe in the desert: If a trip to the desert keeps you longing for a more urban atmosphere, then visit e4, Scottsdale’s most posh nightclub. The bar is oh-so-cleverly named e4 because of its four showcase rooms offering edibles, elixirs, euphoria and environments (all e!, and all lowercase!)

Five Best Places to Take the Family

» Tour the home of a genius: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West was built in the 1930s with the intention of serving as the architect’s studio and home. The house now offers tours of the building. Check www.franklloydwright.org (look for tours of the Taliesin West).

» See great art: The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1999 with a focus on architecture, art and design. SMoCA has five galleries showcasing the museum’s growing permanent arts collection. Check www.smoca.org.

» Have fun in the sun: At Fiddlesticks Fun Park, you can do some go-kart racing, mini-golf and drive bumper cars, or take a few swings in the batting cages. 

» Go on an adventure: 360 Adventures takes advantage of Scottsdale’s landscape by providing mountain biking tours, rock climbing exhibitions and backpacking and hiking expeditions. 

» Explore natural beauty: Explore all the geographical terrains around Scottsdale, from the Sonoran Desert to the Apache Trail, with Eco Tours. Guides from Eco Tours take passengers in 4x4-equipped vehicles and travel across the desert floor. 

Travel Info

Airlines flying to Phoenix: United, Delta, Southwest, America West

Rates: From $196 to $325 per person, round trip

Top hotels: Mondrian Hotel in Scottsdale, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

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