The downside of travel is that, sometimes, you can spend a full day long days inside airports and hotels and hardly ever step outside.
That’s why StuckatTheAirport.com is such a big fan of airports with patios and outdoor observation decks.
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has a new one to check out.
The 5,770 square foot east terrace patio is located post-security on the mezzazine level between Gates 1-2.
To reach it, walk up the stairs or take the elevator to what the AUS airport calls its “hip terrace patio.”
The space is open 24 hours, is non-smoking and is located adjacent to the new Detla Sky Lounge.
The patio has a view of the 9,000-foot east runway and offers a great opportunity for plane spotting as well as a view of ramp and apron-level airport activities.
Austin can get very hot, so there’s an air-conditioned section of AUS’s patio.
In the outdoor section, patio is partially covered with sunshade blade panels to mimic the wings of an airplane.
The décor of the patio is modern-outdoor round tables, patio-furniture type seating and awnings that cover the family-style bench picnic tables.
Landscaping includes water-friendly native drought-tolerant plants.
And, for those of you into statistics: the airport tells us the patio flooring is covered with 428 wood pavers and 276 concrete pavers. Each concrete paver weighs 150 to 206 pounds and is 30 inches wide x 30 inches long and 2.25 inches thick.
Enjoy! And please send StuckatTheAirport.com a photo of what you see when you’re enjoying this new outdoor space at AUS airport.