Travelers are going to be sweating it out this summer . . . at the airport. On May 26, the Federal Aviation Administration named Washington Dulles as one of the six U.S. airports where travelers will most likely suffer the longest delays in the coming months. The others: Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York's LaGuardia, Newark and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. To help pass the time, we've uncovered some airport distractions that will help occupy fliers -- and keep them from losing their cool. (Caveat: You might have to be a ticketed passenger for some attractions.) -- Andrea Sachs
See a sampling of works from the City of Brotherly Love, such as cutting-edge product designs (Terminal D), photos by Philadelphian David Graham (Terminal F, Concourse 2) and works from the African American Museum (terminals A-East and B) . . . Sample wines by the glass -- up to 40 vintages -- at Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar (terminals A-West and B). If you prefer brewskis to Beaujolais, swing by Jet Rock Bar and Grille, a rock-and-roll-themed restaurant with up to 48 beers on tap (concourses B, C, D and F), or Independence Brew Pub (Terminal B/C), for microbrews . . . At the Magic Shop carts (concourses B and C), watch the staff "float" objects (no wires!), stick a pen through a dollar (no punctures!) and perform other tricks . . . Pull together a picnic -- caviar, salami, crackers, cheese -- from Caviar Assouline (Terminal B/C), then grab a window seat in the Food Court and watch the air show . . . Sample Rosetta Stone's foreign language-learning software (terminals B and C) and learn to say "I'm stuck here" in 28 languages.
Info: 215-937-6937, www.phl.org.
After 4 p.m., pianists tickle the ivories in the Main Terminal. The performer sometimes takes requests, so shout out such goodies as "Come Fly With Me" . . . An exhibit on Zimbabwe, including piped-in African music, sculptures and photomurals, stretches along terminals T and A. For more art, works by local children (K-12) hang by the T gates and in the International Terminal . . . Though the World of Coca-Cola museum is downtown, you can see the soda in more than just a can at the Coca Cola Store (Atrium, Concourse E) . . . Stretch your quads along the three-mile (round trip) Transportation Mall. . . . Check out the Yangchuanosaurus skeleton (Think Barney with a big head) in the Atrium. . . . If the weather's not too hot, stroll to the outdoor observation deck atop the daily parking lot for a view of the airborne planes. . . . Paschal's Southern Delights (Atrium, Concourse A) serves the traditional "meat and three" and has a display about its African American history and civil rights legacy.
Info: 800-897-1910, www.atlanta-airport.com.
Take a museum-store excursion in the Central Terminal, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Discover New York, featuring items from various cultural institutions . . . Visit the Marine Air Terminal, a historical landmark with a rotunda, a bust of Fiorello La Guardia and a WPA Art Program mural called "Flight". . . . Take a bucolic break in the landscaped garden outside the east end of the Central Terminal, or view the one through the windows by LaGuardia Marketplace . . . Check out the old airplane models at Hangars Bar, where you can also get a bite and a beverage . . . Skip CinnaBon for Todd English's highly regarded Figs (LaGuardia Marketplace); there's also a Figs takeout in Concourse D.
Info: 212-435-7000, www.panynj.gov.
In Terminal B, an exhibit traces the airport's history from its opening in 1928 to its rise as one of the country's busiest . . . Before there was a cafe that rocked hard, there was Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grille (Terminal A), where the walls are adorned with popabilia . . . At d_parture spa (terminals B and C), get a quick buzz cut or the full-on Weary Traveler package, which includes a foot rub and napping privileges.
Info: 212-435-7000, www.panynj.gov.
Terminal 1 is flooded with fish that live in six aquariums featuring varying ecosystems . . . As part of Broward County's Public Art & Design program, the airport is covered with artwork. The Rental Car Center's terrazzo work, for example, covers three levels with scenes from the ocean floor to the butterfly-filled sky . . . Watch the planes land and take off at the aircraft viewing area atop the Hibiscus garage . . . Ride the escalator in Terminal 1 to view the whole "Fort Lauderdale's Sunken Treasure" mural, which rises 40 feet.
Info: 866-I-FLY-FLL, www.broward.org/airport.