Two kids play in the CityScape Splash Pad while their parents watch. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
The smell of fresh popcorn, bright lights and cheering crowds – these are some of the fond memories people associate with a Diamondbacks game. America’s favorite pastime is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends, so why not make a day of it and explore everything else Downtown Phoenix has to offer? Whether you’re looking for food, fun or just a place to cool off, we’ve got you covered with some of the best things to do and see before a baseball game. You’ll hit a home run with these five downtown activities that surely won’t strike out. Fill up at Cornish Pasty Co.
Cornish Pasty is one of the many restaurants shaping Downtown Phoenix as a foodie destination. Not only does this place have delicious pasties, but it also sports pool tables and a full bar in its three-story location on Monroe Street and Central Avenue. The restaurant is about a 13-minute walk from Chase Field, however, you can also take the light rail to the Van Buren/Central Station. And you can’t miss out on dessert! The apple caramel pasty or sticky toffee pudding is well worth the extra calories. Stroll Around the Heritage and Science Park
In less than a 10-minute walk north of Chase Field, you’ll find yourself back in the 1800s at Heritage Square. Take a tour of the historic Rosson House Museum and admire the Victorian-era buildings and art exhibits. Then, take the family to the Arizona Science Center for some interactive fun before the game. If you’re going out for a date night, Pizzeria Bianco and Nobuo At Teeter House are quaint spots to have a delightful meal. Both restaurants feature James Beard Award-winning chefs. Play Games at The Park Street Food Bar
Colorful LED ping-pong tables, giant Jenga and arcade games make The Park feel like a giant playground, perfect for all ages. Large artificial trees throughout the restaurant and a beer garden give this new restaurant a unique twist that is great for your Instagram or Snapchat. Located on Second and Jefferson streets next to Hard Rock Cafe and across the street from Talking Stick Resort Arena, this restaurant and bar is a popular destination before and after the game. Kids are welcome in before 10 p.m. and The Park is open until 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Take a GRID Bike to Roosevelt Row
GRID Bike Share is an easy and fun way to explore the area without having to walk everywhere. All you need to do is download the social bicycles app and sign up. Bike stations are scattered throughout downtown, with a hub right at Fourth and Jefferson streets, just outside of Chase Field. Once you get your bike, head about ten minutes north to Roosevelt Row where there’s shopping, restaurants and art galleries. Located on the corner of Roosevelt Street and Central Avenue, one of my personal favorite hangout spots is DeSoto Central Market which has several different eateries, great bar specials and a pool table. There are several notable murals on the way to DeSoto including “Malinda” on the side of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the Alley of the Arts, located behind Majerle’s Sports Grill between First and Second streets. You should definitely stop by both on your bike tour. Cool off at the CityScape Splash Pad
CityScape is just down the street from Chase Field and filled with restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Kids of all ages love the splash pad in the courtyard, which operates all summer long. CityScape is also home to Lucky Strike, a premium bowling alley and lounge that is kid-friendly during the day. After bowling, grab a bite to eat at newly-minted Mexican restaurant Chico Malo before you cheer on the D-backs. The Diamondbacks have had a triumphant season. They are currently leading the wild card race and are well-positioned to make the playoffs. Celebrate their success by showing your support all September long, and be sure to check out their schedule for special events and promotions. On Sept. 12, get your free co-branded D-backs/Suns cap at “Suns Night at the D-backs.” Or pick up an awesome sugar skull bobblehead when the D-backs play the Padres Friday, Sept. 9.