12 Things to Do in Phoenix in March

By SiteKeeper   /   On Jan 11   /   In Visiting Phoenix   /   108 Comments

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.

Baseball Equipment Laying on GrassSpring 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.

phoenix marathonGo 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.

Mill Avenue

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.

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Octane Raceway

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.


Leave a comment and let us know your favorite Arizona activity (or what you’d choose from the list above if it’s your first visit!) and include your e-mail address for a chance to win a free pair of shoes from Road Runner Sports! Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Comments (108)

  1. January 11, 2013 - Pratima: Reply

    Love hiking! And even just taking my kids to a park (when it’s cool) or splash pad (when it’s hot).

  2. January 11, 2013 - Joy: Reply

    I like the concert option……if the weather is right, an outdoor venue is fun!

  3. January 11, 2013 - Michelle C: Reply

    Spring training is fun. Downtown Chandler has some fun shops, including Sibley’s that has lots of Arizona made gifts.

  4. January 11, 2013 - Marie: Reply

    Spring training, go Cubs!

  5. January 11, 2013 - Carrie wolf: Reply

    I’m a fan of the new Four Peaks Brewery tasting room on Wilson. If you get hungry they always have a food truck on site.

  6. January 11, 2013 - Tina: Reply

    I love hiking and riding my horse at Cave Creek Regional Park! They have horse rentals and trail rides there too!

  7. January 11, 2013 - John Gough (@john_gough): Reply

    I like Octane, but what about Bondurant Racing School?

    Great post!

  8. January 11, 2013 - Melinda Verbrigghe: Reply

    I like hiking and would live to take up trip up CamelBack!

  9. January 11, 2013 - Becca: Reply

    Can’t leave with out a visit to Greasewood Flats! It’s tradition

  10. January 11, 2013 - Camille (@Camillewhiting): Reply

    The dining is great too! Hit up the famous Pizzeria Bianco, carb load at Oreganos, go to Joe’s Farm Grill or Joe’s Real BBQ, visit Cafe Rio or Zupas, hit up Food Truck Friday in Downtown Phoenix, or go to pretty much any “Mexican” restaurant here. The food is worth the trip!

  11. January 11, 2013 - Heather Boyd: Reply

    Grand Canyon for sure!!! How can you come to Arizona and not make a visit there?!

  12. January 11, 2013 - Mandy Asolas: Reply

    There is nothing like a spring training game in march… beautiful weather and hanging out in the grass seats on a blanket with a ballpark hot dog in hand:)

  13. January 11, 2013 - Reid: Reply

    I’d go hiking. I love South Mountain.

  14. January 11, 2013 - Debbie D.: Reply

    So many things to do! Go to the drive-ins (where else can you do that this time of year?!), watch live, family-friendly improv comedy at Jesterz, Stratum LaserTag, Miniature Golfing/race cars/ bumper boats at Mesa Golfland, check out the night life down Mill Ave. in Tempe, shop at Last Chance in Phoenix for some awesome deals, try out Latin Dancing at Pepin in Phoenix, check out the Desert Botanical Garden in Mesa, and the Arizona Museum of Natural History is in Mesa too- it includes Mesa’s first jail, a flash flood in the museum ;) & you can pan for fool’s gold! For restaurants, my favorite is Carolina’s in Phoenix, their yummy Mexican food on huge homemade tortillas can’t be beat!

  15. January 11, 2013 - Holly Yamakawa: Reply

    My favorite is the botanical garden. It’s just so beautiful. I’m taking a bonsai class there now.

  16. January 12, 2013 - Kori Gammon: Reply

    The Phoenix Zoo!

  17. January 12, 2013 - Sheena: Reply

    Love love love Spring Training! We came in 2010 and I would love to come back again. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was great and I watches Griffey hit a HR to win the game, right before he retired.

  18. January 12, 2013 - Andra S: Reply

    This will be my first visit to the southwest & I can’t wait!! Definitely going to see the Grand Canyon & Botanical Gardens, as well as anything else that catches our eye. What a great escape from our midwest winter, we are SOOOOOOO excited for March to arrive!!

  19. January 12, 2013 - Ivan92116: Reply

    The Grand Canyon

  20. January 12, 2013 - abe graves: Reply

    I love to go on hikes, and flat iron is a good local hike if you want a little intensity. Also, almost all year is good garage sale weather in az… hit the streets and find some good deals.

  21. January 12, 2013 - Carie Arnett Vercelli: Reply

    Going to Sedona and doing their jeep tour or helicopter tour!

  22. January 12, 2013 - David H: Reply

    I would do Grand Canyon and “Castles and Coasters” as i love roller coasters.

  23. January 12, 2013 - Ryan: Reply

    Hiking is great, but I’d prefer a location with the scenic desert wild flowers that you can find in March. If you like the botanical gardens, perhaps check out Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

  24. January 12, 2013 - runkeith: Reply

    Love to visit the many astronomical sites in Arizona! Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Kitt Peak to the South, Lowell Observatory to the North, just to name a few. Arizona has amazing starry skies!

  25. January 12, 2013 - Gregory Wooodard: Reply

    My favorite Arizona activity is to visit the Grand Canyon.

  26. January 13, 2013 - Diana Nepple: Reply

    Love the Spring Baseball season- been doing it the last 6 years. Also visiting the gardens, zoo,sedona,or any thing outside. Nice to warm up from the midwest weather in March. Hope to see the big flea markets and the many different places to eat.

  27. January 14, 2013 - Ginna Podge: Reply

    My favorite Arizona activity is a visit to the Grand Canyon. It would be great end to a marathon accomplishment, viewing one of the 7 wonders of the world. A rim walk the day after the run starting at Bright Angels will give you the most amazing views and an everlasting love of the Canyon.

  28. January 14, 2013 - Mary Chase: Reply

    So many amazing things to do in Arizona in March! See a show at Gammage; go to Taliesen West to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s home; check out the Biltmore for high tea; the art in Sedona; take a train to the Grand Canyon; shopping in Scottsdale; and support our awesome sports teams! For kids we love the train park in Scottsdale; JumpStreet; the Museum of Natural History; the Science Center; the Zoo; and the amazing Children’s Museum. If you are a local make sure to check out a Culture Pass at your local library.

  29. January 14, 2013 - Melody: Reply

    Downtown phx, museum tour is the best!

  30. January 14, 2013 - Amy: Reply

    The Riparian Preserve on Greenfield and Guadalupe in Gilbert is a wonderful place for those that love birding! We love going there with our kids! Besides lots of birds, we always see a few rabbits, sometimes turtles and other critters too!

  31. January 14, 2013 - Kassidy: Reply

    Hiking then maybe hit up Mill Ave at night!

  32. January 14, 2013 - Dan Bohannon: Reply

    Going to go to the Desert Botanical Garden this trip.

  33. January 14, 2013 - Charles Johnson: Reply

    Driving the Apache Trail is always gorgeous !

  34. January 14, 2013 - Amy: Reply

    I love taking my kids to the Arizona Science Center !

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  35. January 14, 2013 - Jessica Karis: Reply

    We specifically chose to run The Phoenix Marathon so that we could come watch the Milwaukee Brewers in spring training! Can’t wait for this awesome weekend. Running, baseball and sunshine! Woohoo!

  36. January 14, 2013 - Kerri Staack: Reply

    Visting our local park where the kids can play and I can run. We also enjoy strolling through the zoo and the Ren Fest!

  37. January 14, 2013 - Jaime Seymour: Reply

    Hiking and running trails!! Mountain biking is fun too.

  38. January 14, 2013 - 9sfine: Reply

    Go on a hike! Or the Botanical Garden. The more you know about the desert, the more you love it!

  39. January 14, 2013 - Brian Richardson: Reply

    Love Spring Training, oh and throw in some golf!!

  40. January 14, 2013 - sue miller: Reply

    Hiking Camelback mountain is an excellant muscle cool down after a marathon. I always hike the day after a race to keep my muscles warm and then don’t feel so stiff.

  41. January 14, 2013 - Lois: Reply

    Hiking! The trails in AZ are gorgeous & this is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors!

  42. January 14, 2013 - heidi: Reply

    I live in the white mountains and am looking forward to coming to the valley to defrost. Cannot wait for to continue my carb load at red white and brew in the east valley.

  43. January 14, 2013 - Jeremy Raczkowski: Reply

    I love cycling around Tempe Town Lake and up South Mountain.

  44. January 14, 2013 - Mark Gurule: Reply

    Spring training Go

  45. January 14, 2013 - Anne Casagrande: Reply

    Not my first visit but have never come for Spring Training. That’s a great idea!

  46. January 14, 2013 - Geoffrey: Reply

    Hohokam park and the Cubs!

  47. January 14, 2013 - Kristal Coles: Reply

    Watch the wild horses run!

  48. January 14, 2013 - Bryan Wilcox: Reply

    Trail running in the Phoenix Mountains.

  49. January 14, 2013 - cora: Reply

    Beautiful Arizona!!!! Springs the best time of year! I love taking the family to watch spring training games.. anywhere from mesa tempe to scottsdale so many games to choose from… and we enjoy ending the weekend with a hike through camelback mountain, I love that there are a few different trails to choose from and getting to the top is the best part to take a breather and enjoy the amazing view!!

  50. January 14, 2013 - sbutter: Reply

    I would love to run the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim one day (but not this trip)!

  51. January 14, 2013 - Kenneth Young: Reply

    A gingerly stroll through Desert Botanical Gardens or even the Phoenix Zoo

  52. January 14, 2013 - Ashley Pfefferkorn: Reply

    The phoenix zoo is always fun.
    Or visit some local breweries (Four Peaks, Nimbus, San Tan, Sleepy Dog..)

  53. January 14, 2013 - Kathryn: Reply

    McCormick Stillman railroad park in Scottsdale is a fun place for kids of all ages.

  54. January 14, 2013 - Marisa: Reply

    Phoenix is just a great area with someone for everyone! However, one of my favorite things to do is start out a Saturday with a nice run with one of my favorite running groups (shout out to Arizona Track n’ Trail Runners!), followed by a coffee/breakfast at Liberty Market, a wander around the downtown Gilbert Farmer’s Market, head home to clean up and then head over to South Mountain for an afternoon hike – making it as easy or as difficult as my run from earlier that morning might allow…then head over to the Farm on South Mountain for something yummy to eat. Hmm…choices. Perhaps relax for a while, chores at home, whatever and then maybe hit downtown Chandler (San Tan Brewery or Vintage 95 anyone?!) for drinks with friends. :)

  55. January 14, 2013 - nikki slaugh: Reply

    A good hike and then a fantastic meal at either Chelesa’s Kitchen or La Grande Orange!

  56. January 14, 2013 - Melissa Ravelli: Reply

    My family loves to hike and picnic at The Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

  57. January 14, 2013 - Jennifer Rose: Reply

    Love to run with my son and hike around the Phoenix zoo.

  58. January 14, 2013 - Scott: Reply

    Right now, Barrett-Jackson is my fav, but almost any Friday night at the Scottsdale pavilions will satisfy the car need.

  59. January 14, 2013 - Shawna Fritzsche: Reply

    We love taking our family outodoors for hikes, fishing, picnics, etc. Usary, Piestewa Peak, Camelback mountain are great for day outings! Pack some snacks, waters & head out to enjoy the beautiful weather! When it’s hot we love the city pools, gammage, water parks, etc. Arizona has fabulous weather!

  60. January 14, 2013 - Joyce: Reply

    Love hiking with my family and friends! Superstitions, Mt. Humphreys, Crystal Point, South Mountain, and Camelback!

  61. January 14, 2013 - Farah: Reply

    Love hiking all our beautiful trails. Great time of year to explore all the wonders of Az!

  62. January 14, 2013 - Mike Diener: Reply

    I like to wander around Old Town Scottsdale.

  63. January 14, 2013 - Shannon Brown: Reply

    Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Science Center and 4Peaks Brewery!

  64. January 14, 2013 - Ryan K: Reply

    Spring Training!!!

  65. January 14, 2013 - Angela L: Reply

    I’d like to bring my mt bike out and head out to Pinnacle Peak. Back in college that was my passion. It would be great to combine that with the marathon trip!

  66. January 14, 2013 - Libbi: Reply

    Spring training baseball is one of the best things about AZ! A bunch of teams in one place; a great time for friends and family!

  67. January 14, 2013 - Shell B: Reply

    We love anything outdoors! There are so many great areas to explore. We recently took out of state family on the Dolly Steamboat to see beautiful landscape and they loved it. Just the drive to Canyon Lake area is awesome and so close to the city.

  68. January 14, 2013 - Ina: Reply

    Hiking in AZ is definitely my favorite! Grand Canyon rim-to-rim is a must, but for a bit less, Camelback Mountain is also great!

  69. January 14, 2013 - rachel: Reply

    I think I’d go to the spring training or the grand canyon.

  70. January 14, 2013 - Robbie Barber: Reply

    I love running around the Tempe Town Lake!

  71. January 14, 2013 - Stephani Wickwire: Reply

    The many local hiking spots: So Mountain, Camelback…

  72. January 14, 2013 - Stephanie Baker: Reply

    I’d like to climb Camelback Mountain!

  73. January 14, 2013 - Kat Robey: Reply

    I live in Tucson and have been to Phoenix many, many times over the years…yet, I’ve never been to the Desert Botanical Garden! I plan to see it when I’m there for the Phoenix Marathon <3

  74. January 14, 2013 - Amy Petersen: Reply

    We love to hike Wind Caves in the Superstitions (near the starting line) and the breakfast at Joe’s Farm Grill. Playing at any park around and then lunch at Flancers in Gilbert. Natural History Museum in Mesa is great and dinner at Tia Rosa’s.

  75. January 14, 2013 - Sharon Erwin: Reply

    Wow…everything sounds amazing, my first trip to AZ from Florida, but I think I’d like to hike if I’m not too sore~& reading some of the local choices, follow up with some of the brewery/eatery choices mentioned!

  76. January 14, 2013 - Brooke: Reply

    Definitely take advantage of the beautiful hikes around Arizona! During this time of year I would feel guilty if I didn’t.

  77. January 14, 2013 - cris walston: Reply

    I think it’d definitely have to be hiking… there are so many beautiful trails that AZ has to offer.

  78. January 14, 2013 - Jaye: Reply

    Hiking in the San Tan mountains – they are still a well-kept secret among the locals so the trails are quiet, especially on week days.

  79. January 14, 2013 - Trey Darnell: Reply

    Hiking pinnacle peak!

  80. January 14, 2013 - Tarah: Reply

    Eat! We have some of the best and most authentic restaurants here in Phoenix! Oreganos, Joes BBQ, Joes Farmgrill, San Tan Flats, Carolina’s, Liberty Market, Rustler’s Roost… They are all one of a kind!

  81. January 14, 2013 - Stephen Bartholomew: Reply

    I love hiking down into Supai and seeing the waterfalls. I also enjoy the botanical gardens.

  82. January 14, 2013 - Jerrilene Antone-Morton: Reply

    I would love to spend a day with my children at the Arizona Science Center, I have 3 little ones that want to go into the science field and an older daughter who is earning a degree in Chemistry. I’ve traveled to Phoenix, but have never made it to the Arizona Science Center.

  83. January 14, 2013 - Tiffany Rose: Reply

    Fishing and hiking in beautiful Sedona.

  84. January 14, 2013 - Colleen Venti: Reply

    Hiking Flat Iron!

  85. January 14, 2013 - Menolly: Reply

    Gotta see the grand canyon! spencerandmenolly(at)yahoo(dot)com

  86. January 14, 2013 - Josephine Lewis: Reply

    Hiking and camping on the gorgeous Mogollon Rim!

  87. January 14, 2013 - Dee Prender: Reply

    Spring Training games are a lot if fun and also love The Botanical Gardens.

  88. January 14, 2013 - Corinne Grimes: Reply

    I love hiking, I love having the reward of a beautiful view after the long way to the top! I really enjoy hiking “Flat Iron” even though it is like a rock climb!

  89. January 15, 2013 - Robert Asher: Reply

    March in Arizona+ swimming pool = sun tan. Take that back home.

  90. January 15, 2013 - Heather: Reply

    I love to hike in Sedona. Really centers and relaxes me.

  91. January 15, 2013 - Dana Joost: Reply

    I would add Wildlife World Zoo. They have awesome aquariums and you can get really close to the animals. Great for adults and kids. From your list above I would def choose a Spring Training game. Can’t wait for the full!!

  92. January 15, 2013 - Molly Anderson: Reply

    I love to visit my family while down there! Swimming and barbeques and late night games and laughing with the fam! Best ever!

  93. January 15, 2013 - Amanda Peterson: Reply

    I love Out of Africa park! It’s fabulous.

  94. January 15, 2013 - Adam Smith: Reply

    Trail running at Pemberton or South Mountain.

  95. January 15, 2013 - Heather: Reply

    Spring training.. So much fun!!

  96. January 15, 2013 - Laurel Driggs: Reply

    Hiking Camelback mountain is the way to go!

  97. January 15, 2013 - jackie hunter: Reply

    I love the hiking trails, wandering around the Desert Botanical Gardens, and weekend trips to the Grand Canyon. We have a pretty good zoo too! Phoenix rocks!

  98. January 15, 2013 - Joni Jones: Reply

    I climbed Camelback Mountain last year and loved it, made some good memories there. And I plan to soak up plenty of Vitamin D before heading back to the cold zone!

  99. January 15, 2013 - Janice W: Reply

    Hiking here is great. The views are amazing. There are also so many great concerts. There is so much to do here I just can’t pick one.

  100. January 15, 2013 - Nichole: Reply

    This is the PERFECT time of year to hike the hieroglyphic trail or Firstwater in the Superstitions!

  101. January 15, 2013 - Karolien: Reply

    Two must do’s when visiting the Phoenix Area. First a visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior with Breakfast at the Buckboard City Cafe. And second is the beautiful drive out to Tortilla Flat with a stop at the Goldfield Ghost town on the way out there. Check out our website for more ideas. :) )

  102. January 15, 2013 - Beth: Reply

    I’d love to catch a spring training game and do some hiking.

  103. January 15, 2013 - Kathy: Reply

    VERDE VALLEY WINE TRAIL Love to see the beautiful wineries, wine shops, and character of the Verde Valley Wine Trail in Northern Arizona. Start in Cottonwood and work you way (or sip your way) through the trail.

  104. January 15, 2013 - larry unger: Reply

    Grand Canyon!!…

  105. January 16, 2013 - Jon: Reply

    I love movies! Harkins Theaters..or any movie-house; there’s only 1 about every other mile or so in the Phoenix area!

  106. January 16, 2013 - Jamie: Reply

    Hiking at Usery Mountain Park has been one if my favorite things to do since I was 9 years old. Trails for all levels!

  107. January 16, 2013 - Patrick Walter: Reply

    I look forward to taking in some of the spring training and then checking out Mill Avenue.

  108. January 30, 2013 - Mrs Patience Dickson: Reply


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