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While in Arizona for Spring Training, Check out the Cactus League Museum!
One thing the 15-team Cactus League has on the 15-team Grapefruit League? Try a museum called the “Play Ball Experience.” Or actually a museum that likes to spread the wealth, with a series of exhibits dispersed across multiple Phoenix area locations, chronicling the history of spring training in Arizona. Here’s your cheat sheet to check them out:
EAST VALLEY LOCATIONS (near the Cubs, Angels, A’s, Giants, Rockies and Diamondbacks)
#1 Arizona Historical Society, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe.
$5 adults; Age 60+ and children ages 12-18, $4; and children 11 and under, free.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.
Best bet: go visit before an A’s game at Phoenix Muni as the museum is just two miles away. The Giants Scottsdale Stadium is three and a half miles away from the museum and the Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium is just six miles away.
#2 Downtown Mesa, 51 E. Main Street, Mesa.
Through March, cost is just $5.00 for adults; $4 for seniors; and $3 for children, 3-12.
Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Best bet: Go before or after a Cubs game at HoHoKam Park as the museum is just a mile and a half south of the ballpark.
#3 Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Scottsdale, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale.
Through March, free.
Monday–Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Best bet: go visit before or after a Giants game at Scottsdale Stadium, as the museum is less than a third of a mile away.
WEST VALLEY LOCATIONS (near the Indians, Reds, Royals, Rangers, Padres, Mariners, Dodgers, White Sox and Brewers)
#1 Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear (spring home of the Indians and Reds).
Admission part of ticket to the game so you’re best bet is to check it out before or after the ballgame. 

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