We made it to the best time of the year in Phoenix. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are starting to warm up, and the sun is still shining. With the beautiful weather and the plentiful Phoenix winter activities, the locals start to feel the buzz of the snowbirds flocking to the south to escape the brutal temperatures of their northern homeland. Whether you are a local or a snowbird, we have a list of five amazing Phoenix winter activities.
Full disclosure, the metropolitan Phoenix area expands into several surrounding towns including, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and other cities. Some of our winter adventure suggestions are outside of Phoenix proper.
Our top Phoenix Winter Activities
Hit the Trails
If you enjoy hiking and mountain biking, there are tons of trails around the Phoenix area to visit. In the Northeast area, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is full of different trails. The south Phoenix area has Estrella Mountain Regional Park and South Mountain Park and Preserve, and central Phoenix has the Phoenix Mountains Preserve with the popular Camelback Mountain. No matter what type of adventure you like, the trails are one of the top Phoenix winter activities.
Hit the Links
Locals and snowbirds both love immaculate golf courses, and metro Phoenix has a plethora of them. When you see the brown desert landscape for miles, the pop of green is stunning. Enjoy the clubhouses and restaurants to round out your trip to the golf course. If you follow the PGA Tour, TPC Scottsdale is also home to the Waste Management Open every winter.
It sounds so simple but, yet it’s so magical. The Phoenix winter weather provides the perfect outdoor dining temperature. Add in the warm sun and backdrop of mountains all around you, and the experience is blissful. Combine a hike with a picnic or stop at one of our favorite outdoor dining restaurants – The Vig, Queen Creek Olive Mill, and Arizona Wilderness Brewery.
Cactus League Spring Training
For avid baseball lovers, spring training is one of the top Phoenix winter activities. Throughout the valley area, MLB teams head south to prepare for the upcoming season. Things may look a little different this year, but the Cactus League games are still planning on happening.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Have a hot air balloon ride on your bucket list? Check it off the list over the winter skies in Phoenix! Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sonoran Desert, the mountain ranges, and the rest of the beautiful scenery.
If you are considering moving to a warmer climate and our list of Phoenix winter activities is calling your name, we have a few relocation tips you need to read. Phoenix is an awesome city, and there are countless reasons to move out west.