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“Bring the kids or just your lunch”

RDU Observation Park
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Morrisville
Certificate of Excellence
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Philadelphia, PA
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298 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Bring the kids or just your lunch”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

I happened upon this place after taking a wrong turn going into the Airport. If you are not intimitely familiar with the airport make sure to use the GPS to find it. I was really surprised at the number of people that were enjoying the park and having a nice lunch. Great place to come with kids or just to have a lunch break. It is very much a park, there is grass, a sand box picnic tables and the main attraction the Observation deck that looks out over the Runway. Great place to come to with the kids or a relaxing lunch.

Visited August 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Nice spot!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Kind of tricky to locate, but if you follow the signs you will find it past the terminals.
Kids liked it a lot. Something different. We had a snack up on the platform which was breezy and cool on a hot day. The planes were not using the runway in front of us, don't know if they ever use it? The planes were taking off behind us, and that was good enough for my young kids.
Interesting people watching, a lot more people there than I expected.
I will be back, hope there is more going on in the front area.

Visited August 2013
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New York
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always fun to visit”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

This park is about the planes. The only play structure is a small climbing structure that is located in the sand pit. However, don't let this stop you from visiting. Kids love this park and enjoy seeing the planes land and take off. There are great views from the observation deck and you can hear announcements from the control tower. A short ride away is the general aviation building which is open to the public, it has view of planes leaving from terminal one - mostly smaller private planes. There is a balcony that you can stand on and watch the private planes fuel and load up. The view from the building is of the start of the runway so you are unable to see most planes when they lift off but it is still pretty interesting and kids still love it. Both areas are interesting for adults too. It is unusual to be able to get this close to the planes when they are taking off and landing.

Visited August 2013
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cary, nc
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“nice free place to kill some time”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a nice place to kill some time with kids if you're itching to get out, enjoy the good weather and do something FREE. Even in the heat of the summer it was fairly windy when we went and the deck is covered. My kids are a bit older and enjoyed it. It's strangely relaxing.

Next will try the crosswinds café.

Visited August 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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149 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Some neat views”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Could have better visibility and more to do around the "park" but just the fact they offe something like this is pretty neat.

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