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“Relaxing good time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook
7300 Old Dowd Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
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Ranked #31 of 196 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Canton, Ohio
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“Relaxing good time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This reminds me of my childhood when you were able to still watch the planes take off and land. You can bring a picnic. We were there at a time when the planes were constantly going up. It is very close and personal. Very enjoyable!!

Visited May 2014
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Irmo, South Carolina
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“Airplane nerds unite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

When I was a kid we had the run of the entire airport. You pretty much could go anywhere you wanted except down the boarding ramp to the plane. The terrorists stole that from us on 9 11. This little spot is the next best thing since then. No frills here though. No valet or concierge services. Not even any pavement just well ground gravel. Picnic tables and razor wire are the only luxuries you can expect. But if you are an airplane nerd this is the place to be, and you will have plenty of company.

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“Not much too see!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Went there for lunch with 2 kids.. Crowded.. No bathrooms .. Seems like everybody has lunch there ..not much of air traffic .. Maybe it was the time of day..

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“I could be biased but I love this airport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It has been a long time since I have flown in or out of the Charlotte Douglass airport. Everything went by fairly quick so no complaints here. While flying we got a chance to see the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Carowinds.

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“Best Free Attraction in Charlotte”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

What's not to like about watching 500,000+ lb pieces of metal lift gracefully off the ground and disappear into the distant sky? This viewing area provides and up-close and personal view of take-offs and landings at the Charlotte Douglas Airport. From what I've heard, it provides one of the closest and least obscured views of a commercial runway in the country. Pack a picnic dinner and a camera and go hang out for a few hours. My favorite time to go is between 5-8 pm on Sunday afternoon when there are flights departing every few minutes. You will see lots of planes. If you stick around until around 7, you may catch one of Lufthansa's A340-600s departing on a non-stop trek to Munich. It's my understanding that this 4 engine Airbus is the biggest bird to fly in and out of Charlotte. This hidden spot won't disappoint.

Visited April 2014
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