Airport Viewing Area
The Airport Viewing Park is one of the Hidden Gems in Grand Rapids
You can pack a picnic and watch planes take off or land at the GRR International Airport Viewing Area!
GRR reports that on any given day as many as 300 aircraft may take off or land at the international airport.
The area has plenty of parking, a few picnic tables, a newer pavilion with clean bathrooms, and filtered water fountains.
But, before you start driving to the airport right now to find the park, don’t. The park is not accessed via the main airport entrance. You will need to follow the directions at the end of this article to find this hidden Grand Rapids gem.
GRR Airport Viewing Area
Hours: 8 am – 8 pm
• Picnic Tables
Hang Out at the Airport Viewing Area for the Sunset
The best part of the Airport Viewing Park is the scenery.
This is where you can get a closeup view of airplanes taking off and landing.
Kids love listening to the engines and seeing the different types of planes that come into and leave the airport.
You’ll see commercial passenger planes, but you’ll also likely see cargo ships and smaller, private planes as well.
It’s also one of the best places in Grand Rapids to watch the sunset.
Airport Viewing Park Highlights
It’s Fun, Free, and You Can Listen In
When you visit the airport viewing park, be sure to tune your radio to 1650 AM.
You’ll be able to listen to air traffic controllers, pilots, and GFIA airfield operations staff as they coordinate aircraft into and out of Gerald R Ford International Airport.
Plan Your Visit
If you time it right, you’ll be more likely to see planes take off and land at the observation park.
Check the flight schedule at grr.org to see when there will be the most activity and coordinate your visit with that.
Get Close to the Planes
This is one of the best places to watch planes take off — unless you’re actually boarding a flight.
This is a much more laid back experience – no TSA, no parking fees. Just a nice green space where you can bring a picnic and hang out with family.
How to Find the GRR Ford Airport Viewing Area
Finding the viewing area can be tricky.
Most people wrongly assume that they should drive to the airport to find the viewing area.
The airport observation park is located on Kraft Avenue, south of the airport.
To find the Airport Observation Area, you need to approach the airport from the south, on Kraft. Kraft will dead-end at the viewing area entrance.