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Head to Phoenix for Some Arizona Fun

Phoenix, Arizona
Written by Suzy Guese

This blog post was updated on April 30, 2020.

Before Major League Baseball’s Spring Training takes over Phoenix in the spring, the area celebrates the lack of crowds and cooler temperatures through January and February. Winter in Phoenix is actually a pleasant time to visit for both indoor and outdoor activities. For those going during the coldest months of the year, you’ll flee the cold, yet beat the heat in Phoenix. And don’t worry, there’s lots to do here. Read on for some fun-filled area events and activities from Arabian horse shows to color runs!

Hike at Estrella Park in Phoenix

Hiking in Phoenix

Hikes in the Phoenix area are not always the most pleasant during the day because of soaring temperatures. Just under 40 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Estrella Mountain Regional Park is where the hiking fun happens. There’s a wide variety of events scheduled such as Desert Crafts, Archery 101, Fitness Hikes and so on. Stretching over 19,000 acres of desert and mountains, this park embraces the opportunity to host fun-filled events each month.  Maricopa County Parks offers information on scheduled events and camping reservations.

Brighten up Exercise with The ‘Color Me Rad’ Run

Color Run in Phoenix

You’ve probably heard of the Color Run phenomenon happening around the world. This year, Phoenix is hosting the ‘Color Me Rad’ Run on November 17, 2018.  This brightly colored run will have you splashing color and happiness as you take on a 5k!

The 5k race features music, dancing, loads of participants covered head to toe in neon-colored powder, and a prize for the winner!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Chocolate, Phoenix

Chocoholics unite in historic downtown Glendale for the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. This free event brings in roughly 40 chocolate purveyors from Arizona and elsewhere around the country.

Celebrating chocolate in every form, visitors can expect to sample it all; from organic dark chocolate to sweet potato fries drizzled in a chocolate glaze. (mmm!)

Sponsored by Arizona’s own Cerreta Candy Company, this year’s Glendale Chocolate Affaire will take place February 9, 2018, through February 11, 2018.

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Trot on over to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Scottsdale Horse Show

Image via Flickr CC-Dottie Day

Held since 1955 in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has become one of the premier events in the Arabian horse world. Now in its 62nd year, the event has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 horses!

Attendees can expect to see the top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world. In addition to the competitions, guests can also attend seminars, behind the scenes barn tours, meet an Arabian horse up close, and peruse more than 300 vendor booths. This year’s Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show spans February 15 through February 25.

Have you visited Arizona lately?  Let us know how much fun you had in the comments section below.

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About the author

Suzy Guese

Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at

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