Family Viewing Area at ABIA

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For plane obsessed children, a trip the Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s Family Viewing Area is a great way to spend time watching all of the aircraft arriving and departing.


This spring break, my kids were a little sad that we weren’t taking a family trip. I decided to load them into the car and head to the airport to check out the Family Viewing Area.


Located at the End of Golf Course Road, the Family Viewing Area has paved parking, grassy areas, a picnic table, and elevated concrete blocks that allow an adult a view to the 9000 foot east runway without the fence getting in the way.


With many signs leading the way, the Family Viewing Area is set on nearly an acre of land with minimal traffic, which allows the kids to roam somewhat safely in between flights taking off and landing. Optimal viewing times are between the hours of 6-11am. We arrived a little before 1pm and saw several planes taking off and only one landing. Regardless, when each new flight approached the runway, the kids (and mom) were excited to watch it take off or land.


Image from Austin Bergstrom International Airport website

Image from Austin Bergstrom International Airport website

How to get there: Going west on Hwy 71, turn right onto Golf Course Road and follow the signs.

Cost: Free

Note: There are no bathrooms available. Shade is limited so be sure to bring sun protection.

Next time you fancy a picnic or you find yourself waiting at the airport with time to spare, head out to do some plane spotting at the viewing area at ABIA!

About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.