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The coolest airport attractions in the world


When they said it’s about the journey as much as the destination, they probably didn’t mean “check out these super cool airport attractions”, but they do make a fun change from spending all your money on duty free before you’ve even got on the plane, or trying to nap sitting up on hard metal chairs. Here are some fun things to check out at various airports around the world.

Aquarium, Vancouver International Airport, Canada

Vancouver has a fantastic aquarium, which is well worth a visit, but if you haven’t found time to squeeze it into your itinerary, the airport has a pretty decent offering. There is an epic 30,000-gallon aquarium where you will see over 5,000 different creatures swimming around, including wolf eels, giant kelp, and rockfish, and another tank that is just full of jellyfish!

Indoor Slide, Changi International Airport, Singapore

This airport has so many fun attractions (from a butterfly garden to a rooftop pool and bar to start your vacation early) that it’s hard to know which one to highlight. However, the enormous four-story slide that is suitable for adults and children is probably the coolest! Much better than having to wait for a lift when you’re in a hurry.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum is one place that should be on your list if you are ever in Amsterdam, and thankfully there is a collection of exhibits in the airport for your perusal, to whet your appetite before you head to the real thing. You might not be surprised to learn that this is a record breaker, being the first ever major museum based in an airport terminal.

Live concerts, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

Live from T5 is a JetBlue exclusive concert series and offers some entertainment before you board. It was launched in 2009 and artists have included The Wanted, Boyz II Men and even Taylor Swift! Your trip has to be pretty well timed to allow you to see an act you love (and you have to be flying with JetBlue), but what a fun way to kick off your vacation before you’ve even left the runway.

Traditional Korean Cultural Experience Zone, Incheon International Airport, South Korea

This is a totally free attraction which aims to teach you a little about South Korean customs and culture in a fun way. There are craft workshops to teach you how to make fans, and amazing shows are put on featuring traditional South Korean acts such as harp recitals and masque dances. Educational but entertaining all at once, you’ll want to spend some time here before your adventures begin.

It doesn’t take much for us to need an excuse to start looking at flights and vacations, to be honest, but these quirky airport attractions are certainly helpful in deciding where to go next. After all, if a flight is delayed, we’d rather spend time going down a four-story slide, or watching fish, than waiting in line for overpriced coffee!