Raleigh-Durham International Airport's Observation Park will close later this month for maintenance work.
The park, which features a small playground, mini runways and a platform to watch the planes take off and land, has long been a popular spot with families for picnics and play (though I'm always amazed by the people I run into who have never heard about it). I spent a lot of time here when my kids were very small.
The airport tells me that the park, which is located near the air traffic control tower, will be closed from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12 for some maintenance work, which includes plumbing and lighting improvements to the restrooms and replacement of the wood planks on the floor of the observation platform.
During that time, families are welcome to view planes from the General Aviation Terminal during the day. Parking there is free for the first four hours even though you pull a ticket. There is a small cafe, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the terminal, serving up sandwiches, salads and snacks. The General Aviation Terminal is within walking distance of Observation Park, so, when the park is open, visitors can go between the two.