Things to Do in Phoenix When Your Flight Is Delayed


If you travel a lot by air, inevitably you will run into a situation when your flight is delayed. It might be an hour or two, or it might be a lot longer. Sky Harbor is not a bad airport to get stuck in, and it is also very close to a few attractions in the city.

Visit the Phoenix Airport Museum

How many airports have an art museum built in? Sky Harbor in Phoenix does. If your flight is delayed, enjoy some time at the Phoenix Airport Museum. You can find exhibitions in each terminal, visit them all by taking the Sky Train from one terminal to the next.

In Terminal 2 you will find the exhibition Interwoven. displaying Navajo weaving.
Terminal 3 exhibits 100 Years 100 Ranchers, a collection of photography of ranchers in Arizona.
Terminal 4 houses a few changing exhibitions, in a gallery, as well as in display cases throughout the terminal.

Enjoy a Meal at the Wildflower Bread Company

The Wildflower Bread Company, featuring fresh-baked, artisan bread for the sandwiches, is a great place for a meal, and it is conveniently located right inside Terminal 4.

Visit Pueblo Grande Museum

If you have enough time to leave the airport, visit Pueblo Grande Museum, less than two miles from the airport. Visit a Southwestern Archaeological Park and museum and learn about the ancient people who lived here long before Phoenix had an airport, or was even a city. You can get there easily even if you don't take a taxi by riding the Phoenix Sky Train to the Valley Metro Rail Station at 44th St and Washington, from where you can walk to the museum.

Visit the Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is only about three miles from the airport, and it is a great place to have fun for a few hours, especially if you have kids with you. It is a bit pricey, but worth it if you have enough time to explore it. Taxis are available to take you there, but the Valley Metro Rail gets there easy enough and you can connect to it from the free Phoenix Sky Train.

Take A Walk in Heritage Square District

As you walk out of the Science Center, or if you don't have enough time for the exhibits, just take a stroll through Heritage Square District, the only remaining residential structures from the original town of Phoenix. They have been reconstructed and at this time some of them are museums. Visit a few of them if they are open, like the Rosson House Museum, a fully restored Victorian House built in 1895.

​​​​​Go Kart Racing at K1 Speed Phoenix

If you like go kart racing, K1 Speed Phoenix is only 1.4 miles from the airport, and it offers an opportunity to do something fun while waiting for your next plane.

Play Pokemon Go in the Airport

If you still have time on your hands, join the newest craze and play Pokemon Go in the airport. You can find plenty of Pokemon here, even rare ones, and battle other players in the gyms around you.


Emese Fromm has been a resident of Phoenix for over twenty years. She is an avid traveler, and as such, she spends a lot of time in the Sky Harbor Airport, waiting for a plane to her next adventure.