Layovers are often a necessary evil of less expensive air travel. But these stopovers don’t have to be purgatory for fast food consumption and awkward floor-snoozing. Many airports provide comfortable accommodations for passengers including napping rooms, free showers, and plenty of food options.
But what if you want more than just a tolerable connection? From TK to TK, there are a slew of sites to explore without having to leave the airport. themed We’ll take a look at 10 airports where you can find weird and unusual ways to keep yourself entertained between flights without having to step outside.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
Get lit on your layover and stretch your legs in Detroit. The 700-foot underground Light Tunnel connects Concourse A to Concourses B and C, but it’s lined with 9,000 feet of LED lighting synchronized to music. And if that’s not enough synchronization for you, there’s a fountain in the middle of the airport that shoots water to mimic flight patterns. As if those two sites weren’t enough, you can also up your people-watching game by taking the ExpressTram, an elevated train that runs the entirety of Concourse A, which happens to be the second-longest concourse in the world.
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Video games are notorious time-suckers. How many times have you sat down to play and the next thing you know three hours have flown by? So what better place to
waste spend your airport time than at an arcade? Good news for you, the Calgary Aiport has not one but four arcades.
Flippers four locations are complete with classic cabinet video games, air hockey, and several pinball machines. Just make sure you set a timer so you don’t miss your flight trying to get that high score.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
You could probably spend your entire layover mesmerized by the clock in Lounge 2 at Schiphol, which appears to have a man behind its translucent face who paints and then erases the hands of the clock minute by minute. This piece of Maarten Baas art might freak you out if you’ve just smoked all your Amsterdam weed. For a more traditional art experience, check out the Rijksmuseum Annex, which rotates exhibits of Dutch Masters with the main Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)
If you like horticulture, you’re going to love your layover at Changi. There’s the Rooftop Cactus Garden, the Water Lily Garden, the Sunflower Garden, the Enchanted Garden, the Orchid Garden, and the Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden features one thousand tropical butterflies hanging out around a 6-meter high waterfall.
In all, there are a half million live plants, which means you can see more than 800 species in the airport alone. But that’s not even the most amazing thing about this place; there’s actually a 12-meter high twisty slide you can ride down!
Incheon International Airport (IIA)
Take a break from traveling with a little arts and crafts time. At the Korea Traditional Cultural Experience zone at Seoul’s Incheon airport, visitors are invited to partake in traditional Korean craft projects, creating items you’d otherwise overpay for like fans, kites, macrame, pencil cases, key chains, and other souvenirs. The “Experience” also involves live performances from Korean mask-dancers and 12-string harpists. And if you’re not burned out from crafting, Incheon also offers an ice skating rink, golf courses, and a casino.
Munich Airport (MUC)
Sometimes after a long flight you just need to kick back with a cold one. If you happen to be at the Munich Airport, you can do just that — in the world’s first in-airport brewery and beer garden. At Airbräu, you can sit in the main restaurant and watch the brewing process, or you can get a tour with the brewmaster. At only €2.75 for a pint, you can taste all the beers on tap and still have money left over for a fresh schnitzel before you catch your next plane.