Crosswinds Cafe at RDU
If you read previous blogposts, you know that Sarah C.'s son, D, is obsessed with planes. Therefore, we decided to try out the Crosswinds Cafe at RDU airport. From this location you can see planes taking off, watch those fortunate enough to own private jets driving up in their Escalades and being loaded on, and see military men coming and going.
Located in the General Aviation Terminal (go PAST the terminals you fly out of, and follow signs to General Aviation), Sarah C. and I were quite distressed when we first showed up since the only parking was pay parking. But after some incredibly impressive sleuthing (aka driving up close to the sign), we realized that it is free for the first 4 hours! Huzzah!
So the cafe section of the building is incredibly small, and not impressive food-wise. It is more employee cafeteria (although the onion rings looked phenomenal). But it was decent and they had plenty of options. The part that is impressive is the view and the space. The entire second level of the building is open with lounge chairs and tables, and it is ceiling-to-floor windows looking out over the airfield.
We found a high chair (only 2 available total) and pulled up to the windows. As we ate our sandwiches from the cafe, the boys laughed, clapped, and giggled at the planes taking off. It was a relatively quiet space upstairs (which was nice for letting the boys roam), but there were also other kids and families doing the same thing we were doing (which was nice camaraderie). And the staff was so friendly and helpful.
There is an outside observation deck, too, if you want to get even closer to the noise.
Bring your umbrella stroller if you can since it will be easier to maneuver. And no changing tables in the restrooms that we could find. But that didn't seem to put a damper on our enjoyment.
Location: General Aviation Terminal
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (919) 840-7625
Also, while you are there, check out the Observation Park.