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You can enjoy your next airport layover

Yes, you can actually eat, play or pamper yourself at these U.S. airports.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 31, 2014 2:01PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyNo one wants to be stuck in an airport, sitting for hours with nothing to do. But what if you could fill your down time with a massage or yummy eats from a renowned restaurant, or let your kids burn off some energy at a huge playground, all without leaving the airport?

Airport check-in © Comstock/CorbisIf you think that sounds too good to be true, you're wrong. According to Wendy Perrin of Travel Truth, many U.S. airports feature traveler-friendly activities, businesses and attractions for you or your entire family to enjoy.

So instead of grumbling the next time your flight is delayed by several hours at one of the popular airports below, you might want to make the most of your time by trying one of Perrin's many suggestions. Among them:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. Sleep tight, but don't miss your flight. You can catch up on a few ZZZs or some quiet relaxation at Minute Suites, which offers a handful of private, noise-neutralized rooms for $34 an hour (Concourse B, near Gate B16).
  • Chicago O'Hare. Check out Kids on the Fly, where the littlest travelers can play in a huge interactive, educational playground (Terminal 2).
  • Dallas-Fort Worth. Just a five-minute cab ride from the airport, you can golf a quick nine at Bear Creek Golf Club.
  • Denver International. Denver chef Justin Cucci’s field-to-fork restaurant Root Down is a popular choice for hungry travelers (C gates).
  • Los Angeles International. Go gourmet at the Petrossian, which features caviar, blinis and champagne, as well as 20 different vodkas.
  • Newark Liberty. "The outposts of two legendary Manhattan eateries, Gallagher's steak house and the Grand Central Oyster Bar, may lack the ambience of their flagships but serve great grub nonetheless," Perrin said. (Terminal C.)

Click here for Perrin's full list of airport suggestions.

Do you have a favorite airport?

More from Money Talks News

Jul 31, 2014 3:24PM
Newark Airport IS a dump.... and I live in New Jersey !!!
Jul 31, 2014 4:11PM
What were you smoking when you wrote this article?
Jul 31, 2014 3:23PM
Newark Airport.... are you CRAZY ???? I live in New Jersey and dread the thought of this airport !
We flew into Newark on the way to Berlin, that airport is a DUMP!
Jul 31, 2014 4:17PM
LAX??  I found the workers there most rude as I have ever seen in any airport.  Newark??? That place was scary. Very 3rd world atmosphere dump.  Sky Harbor in Phoenix was nice and clean and organized.
Jul 31, 2014 4:12PM
DFW is okay, depends on the terminal, I would put Charlotte on the list, and also Minneapolis/St Paul, great shopping, Ipad stations.  Vegas.  Seattle. 
Jul 31, 2014 3:36PM
Jul 31, 2014 3:44PM
ATL Is nasty, Chi just blows the people are rude and LAX is so damn crowed that you can't get anywhere. $34 and hour to sleep mmm sounds like a motel I remember from the 80's.
Jul 31, 2014 3:43PM
I fly through Denver ALL the time are you kidding me?  Where do they get this information from. 
Aug 1, 2014 9:32AM
No such thing as an enjoyable layover at any airport.  You've got the crowds,  the snarly TSA,  and the airlines to deal with. 
Aug 1, 2014 1:08AM
A place sleep at 30+ hr?.....jejejejejejeje
Jul 31, 2014 10:10PM
This article makes me believe there might be a Santa Clause if you can make yourself believe you can enjoy airport lay-overs....the gal is nuts!
Jul 31, 2014 4:46PM
 The best airport in the world is Singapore's Changi Airport. Art/sculptures and lots of shops. The Kinetic Copper Rain Sculpture and The Social Tree are 2 really great highlights. You feel like you are at the Galleria Mall instead of an airport. Look up "sentient kinetic  rain copper sculpture" at youtube.

Aug 1, 2014 12:47PM
Once you clear the security points and are forced to wait all the cost of bottled water is $4 in there. but you cannot take one in pass the checkpoint.  Stupid....
Jul 31, 2014 4:56PM
"Nothing to do"? Don't you pack a book?
To the people who hate the Newark airport: I know, but at least you hear English there. And the runways are still better than JFK.
Aug 1, 2014 11:59AM
Make a video on your iphone lip singing to a Celine Dion song then put it on youtube.
Aug 1, 2014 10:42AM
Pretty much a 'layover' of more than 2 hours is either to flying to a very remote destination or very poor planning.
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