Coming in from out of town?
The main focus of your trip will be running, obviously. But what about when you’re not running? March is a beautiful time to visit Phoenix — the rest of the country is still thawing out but we’re basking in 70 degrees and plenty of sunshine. Make the most of your time inside Arizona’s borders with this list of fun things to do in Phoenix in March.
Spring Training Baseball
If there’s one thing Phoenix knows how to do right, it’s baseball in March. No matter where you’re from, there’s a chance your favorite local team will be suiting up in Phoenix as part of the annual Cactus League. Every team has a small, local “home” stadium — so grab tickets to a couple games, bring some cash for a hot dog and peanuts, and get ready to heckle the umpire and opposing dugout like a true American. Learn more.
Desert Botanical Garden
Whoever said the desert is nothing but sand hasn’t spent enough time in our gorgeous neck of the woods. With its deep purple hues and array of exotic plants and towering cacti, the Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect place to take in some breathtaking Arizona scenery and fall in love with the desert. Learn more.
Arizona Science Center
If you love science and/or interactive museums, this is the destination for you. Depending on the year, different exhibits are open for viewing and playing. Go learn a few new things and have some fun doing it. Learn more.
The Grand Canyon
You’ll have to get out of town a bit for this one, but since it’s one of the seven wonders of the world we’re going to say it’s worth the drive. If you haven’t seen the Grand Canyon, you shouldn’t miss the breathtaking opportunity while you’re in Arizona. Learn more.
Go on a Hike
Anytime except the dead of summer, Arizona has some of the best hiking weather in the country. You’ve got options, but a local favorite is Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. You can see the whole valley from the top, and it doesn’t take too long to reach the peak. Catch the sunset while you’re up there and use headlamps for the night hike back down — because an Arizona sunset is nearly impossible to beat.
Musical Instrument Museum
Affectionately known as the MIM, this museum is one of a kind. Located in northern Scottsdale, this unique destination boasts an array of obscure instruments and information on music around the world. And best of all, there’s an interactive room where you can try out a few instruments of your own. Learn more.
Attend a Concert
Phoenix is a hot destination for music artists, from less-known bands at smaller venues to packed stadiums for the megastars. Look online to see what artists will be in town at the same time as you, take a load off your weary running feet and enjoy your favorite tunes.
Located in close proximity to Arizona State University, Mill Avenue is the place to be for local nightlife. From restaurants to shopping to street performers, Mill Avenue is the hot spot for a leisurely night stroll, clubbing or entertaining people watching. Learn more.
Tempe Town Lake
Tempe Town Lake is located at the north end of Mill Avenue, so you could catch both activities at once if you want. The lake is spanned by a bridge with a scenic string of lights that you can enjoy on a nighttime walk, or spend the afternoon on the water and rent paddle boards, kayaks or a boat. Learn more.
If you prefer to be the one behind the wheel, you’ll have a ton of fun spending a few hours at Octane Raceway in Phoenix. This isn’t your typical, old-school go-kart track — they mean business. Learn more.
Castles & Coasters
Arizona might not be able to boast Disneyland or Six Flags, but if amusement parks are your thing we do have a little something to offer. In addition to rides and roller coasters, Castles & Coasters also offers mini golfing if you want to work on your putting skills. Learn more.
Phoenix Art Museum
From festivals to independent films to interactive art exhibits, the Phoenix Art Museum is perfect for anyone with an artistic corner in their soul. Plan a quiet afternoon indoors or wander outside into the sculpture garden — whatever speaks to you. Learn more.