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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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Relaxing fun

Great place to take children to watch the planes take off and land. The observation deck is in a perfect location.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to take children to watch the planes take off and land. The observation deck is in a perfect location.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great place to watch planes land or take off. Great for singles, couples or kids as there is a small park made in the form of an airport runway. Can get some great sunset pictures from there but it does close at dusk and airport security will be there around that time. Also has great pictures different planes with information... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Visited the RDU observation park last week. Although a hot day the observation park is covered providing shade. Had a few extra minutes prior to travel so enjoyed watching several aircraft land and take off. If you arrive at RDU early I recommend visiting the observation park. Enjoy.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

I love taking my kids to the RDU observation deck to watch the planes. The park also has a large sandbox and mini-runways so the kids can run around an play. It has plenty of space to run an play (grass, sandbox, kids runways) so you can easily spend a 1-2 hours playing with the little kids.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

As a native of Charlotte, I was skeptical with what RDU would have to offer in the realm of an observation park. I was beyond impressed with this facility. It is set up MUCH better than Charlotte Douglas' observation area. It has some fun activities for children, and is set up for many people to be able to enjoy the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

This location is very unique as it has a seating area to enjoy the take off's and landings. Great for a quick lunch/dinner snack date. A small play ground is available for kids to enjoy and let some of the energy out. I would caution against it, since some visitors bring their dogs and leave their scents and or fleas.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Took my granddaughter and her classmate to the Observation Park for a play date. They were so excited play at the park and to watch the planes take off and land. It was very fun filled Saturday afternoon.

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Cary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

When waiting for incoming flights at RDU I always stop at the Observation Lot parking lot, unless I know I have time for a car wash at Sheets. They offer a good inexpensive wash, free vacs and free air. A quick drive down to the military section of the airport provides for an extra dry cycle. The RDU OP reminds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

It's up on the "hill" and you turn eastward the road "T" on the access road heading away from the airport on the north side. They have a little playground area for any restless kids waiting with you.

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Cary, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

It's real nice to have RDU do a place like this for the public and to encourage aviation enthusiasm. You can see runway 5L/23R but not the other one. They pipe in air traffic control and that is nice to follow. There is a kind of a small park/playground for the kids to run around and pretend to be planes.... More 

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