JFK Airport, New York
As if New York-based JetBlue’s flagship Terminal 5 wasn’t hip enough, the carrier opened a rooftop deck in 2015. The 4,046-square-foot post-security rooftop includes landscaped green spaces, seating for 50 people, a 400-square-foot children’s play area and a 400-square-foot dog-walk area. It also offers amazing views of both the Manhattan skyline and the historic TWA Terminal. The space also features free Wi-Fi and three food and beverage carts for a meal or quick snack.
Long Beach Airport, California
After passing through security at California’s Long Beach Airport, passengers have access to nearly 22,000 square feet of outdoor space with canopied seating areas. You’ll enjoy the terminal’s local eateries and can dine outside on wood benches and watch the planes fly in and out. There’s even a patio where travelers can grab a glass of wine or food near a fire pit and enjoy the landscaping that has palm trees and water-friendly native drought-tolerant plants.
Los Angeles International Airport
You need to have status to enter the Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. But if you do find yourself in possession of the golden ticket, you can expect fire pits and amazing views of Hollywood and the mountains, along with a free open bar and an expansive food buffet.
Before going through security, check out the Cloud 9 rooftop bar at the Rydges Sydney Airport hotel. The bar features signature cocktails, spirits, champagnes, wines and food. But it also has killer views of the airport runway, Port Botany, and the city’s skyline.
The Aspire Lounge, open to all international travelers, is located in the airport’s Midfield Terminal above Gate E. It not only offers free cold and hot meals and drinks, it also offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and airport gates from its outdoor terrace seating.
You can walk-in for a stay at the Aspire Lounge but if they are over capacity, you may be turned away. Entry is charged at CHF 38 ($38 US) per person with children free.