Best Kept Secret in GR

I’ve got a secret about the Gerald R. Ford International Airport…

You can pack a picnic and watch planes take off or land at the GRR International Airport Viewing Area! The area has plenty of parking, a few picnic tables, a brand new pavilion with clean bathrooms and filtered water fountains.

But the best part 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.


It’s also a great place to watch the sunset.


It’s Fun and Free

If you decide to go, be sure to tune your radio to 1650 AM to listen to air traffic controllers, pilots, and GFIA airfield operations staff as they coordinate aircraft into and out of GFIA.

Get Close to the Planes

How to Find the GRR Ford Airport Viewing Area

Finding the viewing area can be tricky. The viewing area is open dawn to dusk and 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.

Be sure to visit the Viewing Park Facebook page.