So, you think it’s a little early for Spring Fever? Then clearly, you’re not a baseball fan. The almost ritual pilgrimage to Arizona and Florida in late-winter when Major League Baseball starts its Spring Training season is an annual rite as quintessential as peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Spring Training leagues (the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida) typically run early-March through early-April—sometimes right up to the start of the regular season.

For hardcore fans, Spring Training is the first chance to see traded players on the field in uniform with their new teams and to scope out new talent coming up from the Minors.Home fields for many Major League teams are in some seriously cold winter locations, so it’s understandable that the teams move to areas with milder conditions for the pre-season warm-up. For hardcore fans, Spring Training is the first chance to see traded players on the field in uniform with their new teams and to scope out new talent coming up from the Minors.

For all fans, though, the opportunities to trade wintery weather for sunny days and get their baseball fix ahead of the regular season combine for an excellent excuse to plan a Spring Training Getaway.

Keep in mind that Spring Training camps in Arizona are grouped more closely together, typically around the Phoenix area, than are the camps in Florida. So if you’re hoping to see a wider variety of teams, Arizona may be the better option.

Whether you’re heading to Arizona or Florida for Spring Training, be sure to pack along our Moon Arizona or Moon Florida travel guide to find the best restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and other attractions in the area so you don’t experience baseball burnout (as if).


Arizona’s Cactus League

Here’s a quick rundown of the teams and where their Spring Training camps are located:

TeamTraining Camp
Arizona DiamondbacksScottsdale
Chicago CubsMesa
Chicago White SoxGlendale
Cincinnati RedsGoodyear
Cleveland IndiansGoodyear
Colorado RockiesScottsdale
Kansas City RoyalsSurprise
Los Angeles AngelsTempe
Los Angeles DodgersGlendale
Milwaukee BrewersPhoenix
Oakland A’sPhoenix
San Diego PadresPeoria
San Francisco GiantsScottsdale
Seattle MarinersPeoria
Texas RangersSurprise

Florida’s Grapefruit League

Here’s a quick rundown of the teams and where their Spring Training camps are located:

TeamTraining Camp
Atlanta BravesLake Buena Vista
Baltimore OriolesSarasota
Boston Red SoxFort Meyers
Detroit TigersLakeland
Florida MarlinsJupiter
Houston AstrosKissimmee
Minnesota TwinsFort Meyers
New York MetsPort St. Lucie
New York YankeesTampa
Philadelphia PhilliesClearwater
Pittsburgh PiratesBradenton
St. Louis CardinalsJupiter
Tampa Bay RaysPort Charlotte
Toronto Blue JaysDunedin
Washington NationalsMelbourne

If You Go

There is no physical central purchasing site for tickets; you can buy tickets online or at the stadium box office. Tickets range in price from $6 or $7 for lawn seating to $47 for a box seat behind home plate. Ordering online may add additional fees, and budget another $10 for parking.

Arrive early at the games to find decent parking; the hours before the game can be spent watching the teams practice. High SPF sun block is a must. Expect high concessions prices.