Activity Idea: Airplane Viewing Area at MSP

New Airport Viewing Area at MSP | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Have you discovered this new gem yet?? Your kids are going to LOVE it! The Minneapolis Airport just opened a new airplane viewing area on October 17th, and it’s pretty darn cool!

You drive right into the heart of the airport – passing planes taking off, driving under runways. Our first time driving there, I felt like I was going to get arrested for driving in the wrong area, despite checking the map before we left! But at the end of the winding road is a small parking lot with a grassy area with benches and picnic tables – the perfect size for your kiddos to run around with arms stretched out pretending they’re airplanes!

When we were there, planes were landing in front of us, and taking off behind us. The kids loved watching the big planes and the ity bity “baby” planes. But the best part is that it’s FREE! So pack up a thermos of hot chocolate, some snacks, and a warm blanket (or for date night, some wine!), and go watch your kids eyes light up as they watch the airplanes!

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Kim was born, raised, and got both her bachelors and masters degrees in the Twin Cities. She married her best friend, Ryan, 9 years ago and together they have 2 kids, a daughter (4 years) and a son (2 years). Kim is the Community Involvement Coordinator for Twin Cities Moms Blog and Rochester MN Moms Blog. She's passionate about building community and helping moms get connected, feel supported, and be encouraged. She loves being outdoors--camping, hiking, running, cooking and baking, making wine, and occasionally being crafty. She believes laughter is the best way to keep your sanity as a parent and loves swapping stories with other moms.


  1. Oh my goodness, thank you! My toddler likes watching the planes fly over our backyard so much, I bet he’ll love this! I was just wishing I knew where we could go to get a better look without the cops showing up ;-).

  2. Cocoa check, blanket check, here we come my little josephine and micah will lose their minds with joy! And you can’t beat the price point! Thanks for sharing!

  3. There’s also a really great off leash dog park by the airport. You can watch planes, take your pup and pet other peoples pups! Win win win.


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