I have a son who is obsessed with planes. I mean he’s as obsessed as the spokesman for Oxi-Clean is about Oxi-Clean. Every morning he wakes up and the first thing he is talking about is planes or as he pronounces it “payns”. So I decided to take him to the airport to see some real planes up close. I was planning on rushing the airfield and playing Catch Me If You Can with the Department of Homeland Security, but to my surprise I found an easier way.
Located a few hundred yards from the main airport is a smaller runway for private jets. There is a building right above the runway and it is open to the public. The best thing about this indoor observation deck is that there is a café. Its called the Crosswinds Café and it serves breakfast and lunch. The food is not gourmet, but sometimes your just want a mystery Chicken Nugget with fries right? They have kids meals that start at $3.99, which is fine by me. My son will munch on his fries and then scream at planes in a quiet, safe and non-crowded environment, which is great. There is also a large balcony is you don’t like to see your planes through glass.
When we’re ready to let the Kraken loose outside, there is a park just around the corner facing a different runway with more commercial planes. There is a sand pit, tiny jungle gym, and another second story observation deck. There’s lots of grass to run around in for the kids to run back and forth watching planes come and go.
It’s kind of tricky to find. You go just past the Terminals 1 and 2 and there will be a small turn on the right to the Observation Park. It is near the park and rides. Don’t go too far or else you’ll have to exit the airport and circle back in, which we definitely did the first couple of times. All in all, if your kid likes planes and you want to do something fun, free (without food), and kind of different, then this is the spot for you.