We go to the Valley of the Sun each March for Spring Training. We are there usually over two weeks, and need a diversion that is not baseball. Not that there is anything wrong with baseball.
We have made Turf Paradise a place we visit once a spring. Located in North Phoenix, it is easily accessible by freeway. Parking is free. Admission is $2 if you don't have a free admission coupon. Lots of race tracks are kind of sleezy, not Turf Paradise. Clean, well-kept, family friendly, and lots or room to move around. We usually head upstairs and sit in the grandstand in a group. Tellers are friendly, and helpful, as we bring new folks each visit. Also from up top you have a great view of the desert mountains.
You can choose your level of betting, most of our crew does $5 or less per race, or not bet at all and just enjoy watching the horses run.
It is a great day out, and part of our Spring Training ritual.
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