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“Awsome Free Entertainment” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook
Ranked #17 of 173 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Asheville, North Carolina
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86 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Awsome Free Entertainment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Me and my husband love watching the planes come and go at our local airport, so when we were in Charlotte we decided to check out the overlook from the reviews online. I have to say I was amazed at how close you actually were. I figured we would be seeing the planes from farther away then we did. It was amazing at how close you were to the action. You could literally feel the planes taking off. Over the four days we were in Charlotte we came to the overlook three different times. We brought lunch and even diner one night. They have picnic tables and benches to set on. They are even open until late so you can watch the planes take off and land at night and with the tall skyscrapers of Charlotte as a backdrop it made for some great pictures. It allows you to really see the inner workings of an airport. How the planes line up to take off, how they have to wait for ones to land or cross the runway and the different sizes of the different planes. Best of all it doesn't cost a thing. It's probably a good thing we don't live in Charlotte or we would be there almost everyday.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice Airport”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

I've been to this airport twice. Its a nice airport. Smooth check in process as security process. Didn't have to wait long.

Visited January 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A fun to go to watch the airplanes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Liked that you can get so close to the excitement of airplanes landing and taking off. Wish they had a water stand. We bring our own subs and have a picnic.

Visited May 2013
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Moore, Oklahoma
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Airplanes up-close!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Charlotte's International Airport is one of the few major airports that has a convenient, up-close location to watch the planes taxiing, taking off, and landing. The overlook is actually a park with picnic tables and plenty of parking right at the end of one of the runways. The park is open most of the day and is easily accessible from the interstate (doesn't require fighting airport traffic to reach). It is perfect for a quick stop-by on your lunch break or even as a stretch break when traveling and allows you to observe what is normally off-limits at airports in our post 911 age.

And....It's free. So come by and enjoy it. Caution: No facilities nearby, so plan ahead.

Visited July 2013
Thank A K
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Atlanta, GA
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Free and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Not too many International Airports give you access to watch the takeoff and landing of planes this close from the comforts of your parked vehicle. There is a area on the backside of the airport property in a "park" format where visitors and come watch the big planes do their thing for free. I was pleasantly surprised of this fun place and I definitely would visit again. There are picnic tables and benches on the grounds as well. The overlook probably holds 40 to 50 vehicles.

Visited July 2013
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