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RDU Observation Deck Park - Raleigh, NC

Holiday weekends = a lot of air travel, which makes it the perfect weekend to check out one of our favorite non-traditional parks in the Triangle: the RDU Airport Observation Deck Park.


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Located on RDU property, this is a fantastic place to kill some time with your kids, or really anyone who loves planes. The deck overlooks RDU’s 10,000 foot runway, making it perfect to watch take-offs and landings. A speaker on the deck also plays pilot-tower communications from the planes.


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The park is not particularly large, though, which also means not a lot of parking. However, we’ve never seen it packed with people and have always been able to find a spot and keep our distance from others.


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Come prepared: the wind can make it a bit chilly this time of year, so bring materials to bundle yourself up just in case.


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Besides for the deck, there’s also an open grass play area with picnic tables, a mock runway, a small jungle gym in a sand pit, and informational placards.


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The website says the park also has restrooms and is open daily from 9:00 am until sunset.


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Do you have someone who loves planes in your family? Let us know in the comments!


(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on November 26, 2021.)


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