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RDU Observation Park

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Address: Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Across from General Aviation Terminal, Morrisville, NC 27623
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Awesome Place!

This is really cool to watch planes take off and land. It's usually pretty quiet and not usually crowded, which is nice. There are benches or you can stand and watch. There is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
travelgirl179
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is really cool to watch planes take off and land. It's usually pretty quiet and not usually crowded, which is nice. There are benches or you can stand and watch. There is information on all different types of planes there too, so you can learn about them.There is also an aviation themed playground on the ground for the kids!... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the rare few sunny afternoons in the 70s here. It has benches, airplanes are taking off and landing every couple minutes, what more can a guy ask for?

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Thank Charles T
Boston/Cape Cod
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free parking, free view-- it's just a bit hard to find because there are no signs until you turn off the main loop and go toward general aviation.

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Thank BigCJ65
Cary, North Carolina
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114 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I come here when its quiet to contemplate life or just relax. I love watching the planes take off and land and the piped-in radio traffic. I used to bring the kids here to play. Very cool retreat.

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Thank tkcary
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23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Nice place to spend 1 to 2 hours and see aeroplanes landing. Best time to come when temperatures is at 70s

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Thank vivek m
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Nice spot. Close to the terminals. Not usually too crowded. Good view of the runway. Park here instead of endlessly orbiting the terminals.

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Thank MadMorf
Cary NC
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

There is an elevated shelter that provides shade and has a few benches. Entertaining for kids who are fascinated by airplanes, although younger children may find the engine noise overwhelming as full-size commercial aircraft are quite loud. During the summer months, the tiny playground isn't used much because of the heat - if you're going to visit during summer, go... More 

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Thank WanderingLost
Morrisville, North Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a frequent stop for us as our young son loves planes. Early morning visits are best (8-10 a.m.) and there is a fair amount of activity during those times. Stop by terminal three for a quick walk around the baggage area (always fascinating for some reason) and more up close looks at planes in gates.

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Thank amm925
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Enjoyed sitting and watching the plans leave an take off. Nice covered area to sit up high or you can sit at tables on the ground level. Small park area for kids.

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Thank Cruises72
Raleigh, North Carolina
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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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