Great Places to Retire near Spring Training
With spring training in full swing, we’ve created a list of some of the best places to retire that offer quick access to spring training games of some of your favorite Major League Baseball teams. Read on to learn more about spring training cities in Florida and Arizona.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Team: New York Mets
Since 1988, the New York Mets have made Port St. Lucie their home base for spring training. The Mets have a loyal fan base in Port St. Lucie consisting of many snowbirds and retirees. In addition to spring training, Port St. Lucie offers quick access to South Florida beaches, arts and cultural attractions in West Palm Beach, and golf courses at PGA Village.
Communities nearby: Vitalia at Tradition, PGA Village Verano, LakePark at Tradition
Team: Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles’ presence in Sarasota goes beyond spring training, with the organization hosting various baseball and non-baseball events throughout the year. This includes arts, philanthropic initiatives, and community events. Sarasota holds its own as a retirement destination, with a rich cultural atmosphere and beautiful beaches. In 2016, TopRetirements named Sarasota the “Most Popular Place to Retire.”
Communities nearby: Wildgrass, The Islands on the Manatee River, University Village
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Considered by some to be Florida’s version of Fenway Park, LECOM Park (formerly known as McKechnie Field) has hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969 and will continue to do so through 2037. The field is the oldest stadium for spring training and the classic baseball setting appeals to many baseball traditionalists and ballpark enthusiasts. Located between Tampa and Sarasota, Bradenton has a lively arts scene, low cost of living, and offers easy access to beaches and boating.
Communities nearby: Mirabella Florida, River Wind
Team: New York Yankees
The first spring training site in Florida, Tampa has hosted several Major League Baseball teams for spring training since 1913. The New York Yankees return each year for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the largest spring training ballpark in Florida. Besides its baseball offerings, Tampa is a diverse city with an array of cultural attractions, sports venues, educational opportunities, and health care facilities.
Communities nearby: Valencia Lakes, Esplanade of Tampa
Teams: San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies
Scottsdale residents have a full schedule of spring training games to attend, with the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies all calling the Arizona city their spring training home. Scottsdale also has the draw of the mountains, golf courses, and favorable financial conditions.
Communities nearby: Desert Mountain, Rio Verde
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Arizona’s capital city is the spring training headquarters for the Milwaukee Brewers. The spacious Maryvale Baseball Stadium is a pleasant place to enjoy a baseball game and you’re never out of view of the action. Cities in Arizona are frequently placed on best places to retire lists and Phoenix is no exception as it is a highly livable and affordable city surrounded by beautiful desert scenery.
Communities nearby: Victory at Verrado