Photo of family observing planes at the GA TerminalRDU Observation Park

Popular with kids of all ages, RDU’s Observation Park provides sweeping views of RDU’s 10,000-foot runway and is located near the Air Traffic Control Tower. Spend hours plane-watching and listening to pilot-tower communications via audio speakers on the elevated observation platform. The park is also a popular location for kids’ parties.

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Observation Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day. The park features:

  • Free Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Elevated Observation Platform
  • Communication Between Pilots and the Tower
  • Picnic Area
  • Play Area
  • Educational Placards
  • Grass Lawn

View Planes at the General Aviation Terminal
Directional map to RDU Observation ParkWhile you are at RDU, visit the General Aviation Terminal for more viewing opportunities.

Here, find an observation balcony that gets you up close to the action on the general aviation ramp and also provides an opportunity to view planes taking off and landing on RDU’s other two runways.

At the General Aviation Terminal, you’ll also find Crosswinds Café, which is open for lunch Mondays – Fridays. Dine in front of large glass windows for viewing the airfield. Or, get your meal packaged to go and enjoy a picnic at Observation Park.

The General Aviation Terminal is open 8 a.m to 7 p.m. daily. Parking is free for the first four hours.