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RDU Observation Park

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Address: Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Across from General Aviation Terminal, Morrisville, NC 27623
Phone Number: +1 919-840-7700
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This attraction is at Raleigh-Durham Airport

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Fun with kids

I've never been to an airport observation deck before, so I don't have anything to compare it to. Regardless it provides nice views of the planes. Convenient to get to and parking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2015
Randy B
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

I've never been to an airport observation deck before, so I don't have anything to compare it to. Regardless it provides nice views of the planes. Convenient to get to and parking is close.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

This has always been a fun trip to take the kids to have lunch. It's one of the few times that you do get a meal with the flight. With our lunches packed, we found it a great place to go watch the planes take off and land. There's plenty of space for kids to move about. I've taken my... More 

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Thank Kschlink
Raleigh, North Carolina
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139 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

A good relaxing place if you like planes. The position of the observation deck gives observers a grate spot to watch touchdowns and "wheels up".

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Thank PRMoose
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

Park has a very basic play ground for kids. It has a raised platform where you can see planes take off.they have a few picnic tables. The view is partially obstructed by trees and a building. You can only see one runway. They pipe in Air traffic control to speakers. If you're waiting on a flight it is something to... More 

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Thank Barry M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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462 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

This place is a real treat if you like to see jets take off and land. Planes can fly in different directions each day affording different perspectives of take off and landings. This deck is closer to one end of the runway than the other so you get different views. On take offs one day you will see them on... More 

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Thank Don N
La Jolla, California
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63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Great outdoor park where you can watch arriving and departing flights. There is also a small mock up of the runways for children to enjoy

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Thank lindsey b
Statesville, North Carolina
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205 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

Our son loves planes and anytime that we are close to RDU, we have to stop by. It can be a hard place to find, so driving directions would help if you are not familiar with the airport. While it is an obstructed view, it is really neat to watch the arriving planes as they approach the runway and land... More 

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Greater Cincinnati
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100 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

The observation park at RDU consists of a deck overlooking one of the runways, a patio with a few picnic tables, some airplane/airport fun facts, a little "runway" for kids to use (pretend to be an airplane running along) some grassy area, and a play space with sand and a really old-school piece of playground climbing equipment. The parking lot... More 

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CARY
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

Pros: free, small playground with sandy spot for kids and abandoned beach toys for all, small climbing structure which resembles a spider, grass area with tiny runway for kids to ride on their kid cars or small bikes (bring your own). Clean restrooms, benches for parents next to play area to watch planes takeoff (You cannot see planes landing from... More 

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Thank KRISTEN K
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Great place to watch planes at RDU! Nice covered area with seating and shade and overhead speakers that let you hear ATC! Plenty of other play areas also for kids as well.

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