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Top Ways to Kill Time at PHL Airport

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Philadelphia International Airport

8500 Essington Avenue
Philadelphia,, PA 19153
(215) 937-6800

Delays don’t have to be horrible if you take advantage of the great shops and restaurants Philadelphia International Airport has to offer. If it’s a layover that has you sitting around for too long but not long enough to go out and explore the city of Brotherly Love, then check out a little bit of the city within the airport walls. Here are some highlights.

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Chickie's and Pete's sports bar. Credit: Hadas Kuznits

Chickie's and Pete’s

Terminal A-West, C, E
8500 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 492-0569

Hours: Vary depending on flight schedule

One of Philadelphia’s most famous sports bars can now be experienced between flights. You can’t leave the city without trying Chickie and Pete’s famous Crab Fries, and if you’re lucky, you can catch a sports game in this sports-crazy town, too.

Related: Chikie’s and Pete’s named best sports bar in North America.

Xpress Spa

Terminal C
8500 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 365-2515

Hours: Daily; 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Rates: Spa Service Menu

Long flights can be stressful and uncomfortable, but a quick and relaxing massage may take the edge off before or after a flight. Xpress Spa offers traditional massage, foot massage, manicures and pedicures. They also sell various travel items to make your trip more comfortable. It’s a great way to relax while you spend your time at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Minute Suites

Terminal A-B Link
8500 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 937-1076

Price: Click here for rates

Whether you need to catch up on work, slip in a quick nap or just want a place to relax in private, Minute Suites is the perfect solution. Each suite is equipped with airport wireless for your laptop, HDTV (which converts to computer for Internet browsing and flight schedules), a day bed and a sound masking system to shut out all intrusive noise for the ultimate power nap. It’s a home away from home, and you may never want to leave.

PHL Art Exhibitions

Terminal A-West, C, E
8500 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Current Dispay and Locations
PHL Art & Exhibitions
Contact: art.airport@phl.org

Philadelphia International Airport supports the arts by presenting rotating exhibitions throughout the airport to share the city’s rich arts community with the traveling public. The installations change throughout the year and showcase a wide variety of mediums, including crafts, design and photography. In fact, PHL is one of few airports that honor the arts, and it takes a lot of pride in its support of the programs.

Mindworks

Terminal E, Concourse E
8500 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 365 - 4410

Hours: Daily; 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mindworks is the perfect stop if you’re traveling with the kids and need a few toys to entertain them on a long journey. Mindworks carries a wide range of “smart” toys that are not only fun but educational. The flight will fly by while the kids are busy enjoying their new games and toys.

Related: Air travel tips for traveling with a pet.  

Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.