January 20, 2018

Top-10 Family-Friendly Airports in the U.S.


Chicago O’Hare’s Kids on the Fly Play Area

Some days it can be tough to travel with kids in tow, particularly when having to deal with flight delays, or worse, flight cancellations. Fortunately, more and more airports are offering parents a respite by adding play areas, museums, aquariums, even nursing rooms, to the terminals.

FlipKey, a popular vacation rental website, took a look at family-friendly amenities offered at airports across the country and came up with a list of the Top U.S. Airports for Long Layovers. Below are the highlights, but be sure to click over to the full report for all the scoop on what’s to love about these family-friendly airports.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport
You’ll find multiple play areas at O’Hare, including Kids on the Fly in Terminal 2. This 2,000 square foot playground was put in by the Chicago Children’s Museum and features airport-themed climbing structures.

San Francisco International Airport
Keep your eyes open for several Kids’ Spot play areas, as well as three separate aquariums in Terminal 1. For older kids, look for the Commission Aviation Library, as well as the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum. You can even take a self-guided tour to discover all the airport has to offer.

Boston Logan International Airport
Little ones will love the Kidport play areas located in Terminals A and C. Created by the Boston Children’s Museum, these indoor playgrounds feature plane- and tower-shaped climbing structures. These play spaces include seating for parents, as well as a TV.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Here you’ll find a whopping four play areas inside the airport. With so many long, international flights departing from this airport, the play areas are great for tiring out the kids so maybe they’ll get some shut-eye on the plane.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
This airport has two play areas, but you’ll also find a fully-assembled dinosaur skeleton dating back to the Jurassic period. Also, the Airport Art program features artwork and rotating exhibits enjoyed by children and families alike.

Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport
Five play areas, including three Junior Flyers Clubs, dot the airport. These playgrounds have interactive structures for climbing, plus toys and games for the little ones. There’s also plenty of seating for parents to take a break while kids wear themselves out.

Nashville International Airport
Kids will love musical performances that take place throughout the week on four stages throughout the airport. You’ll also find several play areas, DVD vending machines and two nurseries for parents of small children.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Look for two play areas with aviation themes located right in the terminals. You’ll also find a family center where parents and children can relax together and have easy access to such amenities as a family bathroom, rocking chairs and a crib.

McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
Head to Terminal D for a huge play area complete with play structures and an interactive control tower. Also, be on the lookout for vintage planes if you have little ones with an interest in aviation.

Sea-Tac Airport (Seattle)
You’ll find a variety of family-friendly amenities here, including car seats, stroller rentals, even private rooms for nursing mothers. Also, look out for the wooden rocking chairs, which are perfect for rocking toddlers as you watch the airplanes go by.

For even more fabulous airports, take a look at this article I wrote for Today.com Travel a few months ago, 10 Airports You Won’t Want to Leave. There are a few airports in the FlipKey post that made my article too, as did overseas airports in Munich, London and Singapore.

Photo Credit: FlipKey


  1. Andrea, Passports And Pushchairs says:

    Atlanta’s Hartsfield no longer has the two play areas, and the dinosaur is in the main atrium before security, so really only good if your flight is originating in Atlanta! It is not a great airport for kids 🙂

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