Discover RDU’s “Hidden” Public Spaces

On Monday, I posted about some of the most common questions we receive at RDU. That post made me think of some of the questions and comments I’ve heard while in the terminals or have seen on our Twitter and Facebook channels.  Some involve what I call the airport’s “hidden” public spaces. 

These are the places that are open and accessible to the public, but are less-frequently visited. Next time you’re at RDU, I encourage you to visit one of the following “hidden” places.

The Corner.  Many people comment on Twitter that there just isn’t a place to grab a snack or cup of coffee while pre-security in Terminal 1. Before October, I’d sadly have to agree. But, The Corner has reopened near the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter.

The Corner opened in October in Terminal 1 and is located near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter.
The Corner opened in October in Terminal 1 and is located near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter.

You have to look for it, as it’s not in eyesight of bag claim or where people normally greet their loved ones. But, it’s very close and offers not only a cup of coffee, but also freshly wrapped sandwiches and more.

Meditation Room. Walking through the terminals, I’m surprised at how often people ask about a quiet place to wait or gather their thoughts before traveling or departing the airport.

Tucked away in the ticketing lobby of Terminal 2 near the JetBlue ticket counter, is the perfect place to do so. The airport’s Meditation Room offers a quiet space for travelers to reflect, meditate, pray or just spend a few quiet moments before continuing their travels. And, it’s open 24/7.

 Crosswinds Café. I remember coming to the airport before 9/11 and passing through security just to eat at one of the restaurants where you can watch planes take off and land. Wouldn’t it be great to do that today? Well, you can!

Crosswinds Café, located on the second floor of the General Aviation Terminal, offers foods ranging from burgers and sandwiches to homemade blue plate specials.  There’s even a balcony for close-up plane viewing. And, parking at the GA Terminal is free for the first four hours.

Sheetz. Ok, so the bright red Sheetz on Aviation Parkway near the I-40 interchange isn’t hidden visually. However, it is hidden in the fact that many people do not realize that Sheetz is an important part of the airport community.

Sheetz is the first business to comprise Aviation Station, a retail/service center on the edge of the airport. There are adjacent lots waiting for the right fast food and casual dining restaurants. And, you can’t beat Sheetz’ tasty mac-and-cheese!

Conference Rooms. In my opinion, perhaps the least known public areas at RDU are our conference rooms that are available for rent.  Two are located just above the ticketing lobby in Terminal 2 and one is in the General Aviation Terminal.  They’re very popular with businesses that want a unique meeting spot or who have a client flying in on a quick turnaround.

And, I bet you didn’t know that we even have proms and office holiday parties at the airport!  When the meeting or luncheon is too big to be catered in one of the conference rooms, many businesses and groups rent out the entire GA Terminal. At night, the view of the airfield is simply stunning.

Do you know of any other “hidden” public spaces at RDU? Have you ever visited one of these spots? I’d like to hear about it in the comments below.

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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3 Responses to Discover RDU’s “Hidden” Public Spaces

  1. lp says:

    Thanks for the info. by the way, when is the next series of photos on Terimal 1.

  2. Francine Lundberg says:

    I posted your “hidden spots” on my FB page for my friends to see~ 🙂

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