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As the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson is not just an airport, it’s a destination. If you find yourself with a little extra time there, consider yourself lucky. Rather of idly scrolling through Instagram for the gazillionth time, opt instead to experience the epicness of one of the best airports in the world. Here are some fun things to do at the Atlanta airport to help pass the time.

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Enjoy suite dreams in a sleep pod

Bye bye back-breaking chairs, hello private traveler’s retreat. Need to catch a few zzz’s before your flight or simply need a quiet space to escape the airport madness? Check out Minute Suites, a short-stay suite that comes equipped with a sound-masking system, daybed with a pull-out trundle, mini bar and complimentary DirecTV, Netflix and Wi-Fi. Located in Concourses B and T.


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Take a walk on the art side

Airport or art exhibit? Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport integrates the two flawlessly, weaving works of art throughout the palatial space to provide its visitors a brief interlude from the tedium of traveling. Take a stroll underneath an enchanting fantasy forest between Concourses A and B or explore Atlanta’s history between Concourses B and C. You will find collections from both permanent and rotating exhibitions throughout the airport. Located between Concourses A and T.

Get a taste of the South

Welcome to Atlanta! If you heard that Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is serving up true Southern hospitality at his down South, homestyle eatery Chicken + Beer, you heard right. So, before you rollout to your destination, head over for some fast and furious fare, and get your fill of Southern-style goodness like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and collard greens. Located in Concourse D.

Shoo away the stress at the spa 

Harried and hurried. Frenetic and frantic. Hustle and bustle. The airport isn’t always a place you would define as a relaxing and calm environment. Luckily, the Atlanta Airport offers a haven of tranquility at the XpresSpa, where you can indulge in an array of relaxing massages, facials and salon services to melt away the stress and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Located in Concourses, A, C and D.

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Geek out at the Delta Flight Museum

Buckle up, Captain, and take flight as you earn your wings at the Delta Flight Museum. Whether you’re an aviation geek or just looking to kill time on a layover, head over to the museum, just a stone’s throw away from the airport, where you can get the full “747 Experience.” From the “wing walk” to the almost too-real flight simulator, this is one exciting experience you won’t soon forget. Located just outside the airport and can be reached by taxi or ride share service.

Stake out the VIP section at Jay-Z’s club

A night club? With a VIP section? At the airport? Yup, your layover is about to get a little more turnt, thanks to this scaled down outpost of HOVA’s original 40/40 Club in Manhattan. Catch the game, have a drink, enjoy a meal—you’ll find it in Concourse D.

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Savor a crafted experience at Terrapin Tap House

Terrapin Tap House is not just serving up craft beer, they’re serving an entire crafted experience, one that will almost make you forget you’re in the world’s busiest airport. Sip on signature selections such as the Liquid Bliss and the Chocolate and Peanut Butter Porter. The bar also features a cigar and hookah lounge for tobacco enthusiasts. Located in Concourse D.

Check out local musicians in the Atrium

Liven up your wait with some jazzy tunes. Head over to the atrium for a dose of daily live music, with performances by local artists. You’ll swoon to the sounds of themes ranging from Latin to Black History and of course holiday tunes during the most wonderful time of the year.

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