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Six Ways to Pass the Time at SeaTac International Airport
Bordering Seattle and Tacoma, SeaTac is home to SeaTac International Airport, which is a major hub for flights to destinations in the U.S. and beyond.
A host of affordable SeaTac Airport hotels, such as the Best Western Airport Executel, are located just minutes away from the departure terminal and offer a convenient place to stay for an early or late flight. If you have several hours to pass, then you can dodge boredom with these six ways to keep yourself entertained in an around SeaTac Airport.
Escape to the Park
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but you can find a beautiful green oasis just minutes away from the airport. Angle Lake Park is an idyllic spot to escape from the hectic crowds and chill out on the grass, cook up a storm in the BBQ station, or take a dip in the inviting lake. Handy facilities like restrooms and a playground make this community park a gorgeous spot for the whole family.
Refuel before your flight at one of the many restaurants, cafes, and fast-food joints in the airport. Most eateries are located in the Central Terminal, while Alki Bakery, Starbucks, Pilot House, and several snack vending machines are found pre-security.
Enjoy a Drink or Two
Fancy a spot of wine tasting? At Vino Volo in the Central Terminal you can sample some delicious wines from Washington and Oregon. The bar serves more than 30 different hand-selected wines by the glass, plus you can buy bottles to take home.
Indulge in a Massage
Traveling can really take it out of you, and hours spent in a tiny airplane seat can leave you feeling a little worse for wear. Relieve those tired and aching muscles with an invigorating massage at The Massage Bar in C Gate. Here you can enjoy affordable 15-minute seated chair massages and relaxing foot massages. No appointments are necessary.
Have a Magical Manicure
Butter London are a brand known for their incredible manicures that include cuticle care, base coats, clipping, filling, polish, top coats, and a soothing hand massage. Located in C Gate, this store also stocks high quality toxin-free nail products and gifts.
Book an Airport Stay
For long layovers you may be better off booking a cheap SeaTac Hotel near to the airport. With rates so low it’s worth it even if you just need a place to catch a few hours of sleep and freshen up.
The Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport runs a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus to transport guests to and from the airport less than a mile away. If you fancy a little luxury, check yourself into the three-star Seattle Airport Marriott, which is just two blocks away from the airport. This homey hotel has a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and Aqua Terra Restaurant to keep you entertained during your stay.
Savvy travelers use Hipmunk to compare affordable hotels near to SeaTac Airport, and Excursiopedia to find local tours and activities.
Do you have any travel tips on how to pass the time at SeaTac International Airport? Share your inside info in the comments section below.
Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely found road tripping up the West Coast, sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures on Hipmunk.com