How to Keep Busy at San Francisco Airport


If you find yourself with a spare hour at San Francisco International Airport, here are some wonderful ways to enjoy it. By Alison Boleyn.

San Francisco International Airport is one of the busiest in the United States and there are museums, meditation rooms and even a roaming pack of adorable therapy dogs to hang out with. Here’s what to do with spare time at SFO.

#Converge@flySFO Lounge

With free wi-fi, power outlets, a whiteboard and a magnetic chalkboard, this is a space where people can meet, network and exchange ideas (and this close to Silicon Valley, the ideas can be big indeed).

The Wag Brigade

Since 2013, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has selected therapy dogs to roam the terminals for pats and tummy rubs from passengers. These include India the goldendoodle and Zippy, a fluffy rescue dog. 

Berman Reflection Room

This is a sanctuary in the main hall where you can enjoy some peace and perhaps meditate before or after a long flight. 

SFO Museum

When it opened in 1980, it was the first cultural museum of its kind at an international airport. The SFO Museum’s changing calendar of exhibitions includes Fashion in Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design, which showcases 70 different female ensembles since the 1930s (closes January). There are also Kids’ Spots, interactive displays that allow children to explore weather concepts and local artists (and let off some steam). 

Yoga Rooms

If you want to stretch your limbs, make your way to these dedicated spaces in Terminals 2 and 3 for a self-guided session. They’re free of charge, equipped with mats and a great way to prepare for or recover from a long-haul flight.

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