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    10 Awesome Attractions in Airports Around the World

    10 Awesome Attractions in Airports Around the World

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    Most travelers loathe their long layovers and delays. But airports around the world are changing that by ramping up the fun factor. At some locations, you don't even need to leave the airport to feel like you’re already on vacation! Here are ten awesome attractions you can find in airports around the world that will have you checking in for your flight as early as possible:

    Rooftop Pools

    At the Singapore Changi Airport, you can revitalize your senses and stretch your legs at the airport's rooftop pool. Passengers staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel may use the rooftop pool and Jacuzzi for free. Non-guests must pay a fee of $13.91 to use the area, which includes showers, towels, and a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. The pool is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and can be found in Terminal 1.


    Coming in at an enormous 58,000 square feet, the Dubai International Airport is host to one of the world's largest duty-free stores. There's no excuse for not finding the perfect souvenir here as you can purchase everything from Cuban cigars to 24-karat gold bars. This shop will keep you so entertained, you might just miss your next flight!

    IMAX Theaters

    The world's first IMAX theater located in an airport is also Hong Kong's largest IMAX screen. With crystal-clear picture and a laser-aligned digital sound system, you might forget you're in an airport altogether. The theater can comfortably seat 350 people, so there's plenty of room for the whole family.

    Golf Courses

    After you've watched a movie at the Hong Kong Airport, try stretching your legs at the 9-hole regulation-size golf course conveniently located just outside the airport’s doors. Its signature hole, Island Green, is located on an artificial lake. You'll find the course outside of Terminal 2.

    Butterfly Gardens

    The stress of the last turbulent flight have you rattled? Take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3 of the Singapore Changi Airport. It contains thousands of butterflies as well as an educational area.


    India's largest museum is dedicated to the country's arts, crafts, and heritage, and it’s located in Terminal 2 of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The museum displays nearly 7,000 artifacts, a 3 km long art wall and works by over 1,500 artists.


    In the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, you don't even have to leave the terminal to gamble. Around 1,300 slot machines are available all over the airport. You even have the chance to win big while waiting at the car rental center! Just don't lose all of your vacation money before you even begin!


    The Vancouver Aquarium, located in Terminal 3, is home to more than 70,000 astonishing animals including sea stars, anemones, and wolf eels. The two exhibits include an 114,000-liter main aquarium and a smaller 1,800-liter jellyfish aquarium.


    At Amsterdam's Schipol Airport, you’ll find one of the world's first airport libraries. It's fully stocked with an extensive variety of both print and e-books, sure to keep any bookworm busy between flights.


    Given the sudden disappearance of the in-flight snacks, finding quality food in transit is easier said than done. Enter Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport. Here, each of the 12 food vendors are required to serve hormone-free dairy products, cage-free eggs, and sustainable seafood. The Snapper Sandwich at Lark Creek Grill and any of the wines at Vino Volo come highly recommended.

    You may not travel for the airports, but a layover with any of these attractions is guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience! What unique airport attractions have you experienced on your travels?


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