Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

Learn how airplane travel got its start at Wright Brothers National Memorial. The site commemorates the first successful powered flight in 1903. Although Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, receives more attention, the site lies several miles south near the town of Kill Devil Hills. You can visit the memorial's granite monument, which pays tribute to Orville and Wilbur Wright and other pioneers of aviation, as it stands more than 18 m (60 ft) tall on a hill above town. Go to the visitors center to view a full-size replica of the first aircraft, as well as models, tools, and a recreation of the aircraft hangar used in the endeavor. Plan your visit to Wright Brothers National Memorial and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kill Devil Hills travel itinerary planner .
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  • Wonderful place to stop. The museum exhibit was really good at explaining how the Wright Brothers evolved through kites to gliders to powered flight. Replica of their flyer inside. Go outside to walk ...  more »
  • This was a excellent walk through the history of the first motorized flight. The museum provides many points of information and hearing the park ranger's presenstation of historical facts was entertai...  more »
  • Beyond just the historical factor there is tons of information to be garnered from the visit as well. On a nice day it is great to walk the historical grounds as well.  more »
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  • After being at the visitor center before it was updated and after one can appreciate a day the room and building flows. Once entering the building visitors go around a big room that gives the information. Of the Wright brothers flight. Then you go into a larger room with a model of the first plane. The room it self is very nice to just sit in and think if one prefers. As to the outside, there is a walk family's or individuals can take in order to see the distance taken by the flight tests. Then there is the walk up to the monument. To go to the monument there is a flat incline for those who are handicapped. The view is wonderfully especially on a nice day so keep this in mind. This is a great think to do for a small morning or afternoon activity but should be avoided in the middle of the day with high heat.
  • It's a neat, tidy, and well kept park. It's great for walking around and has a full scale model inside a small museum. There are a couple of items from the original plane, as well as markers from the four flights. There is an interactive art sculpture of the moment of flight. You can climb on the plane because it's metal. Warning, stay on the path.
  • Large space, but a pleasantly small and simple visitor's center with some great curation, but not overbearing. Got enough to get the kids engaged, but open enough to let everyone flow through at their own pace. Outside, you'll find a huge outdoor expanse, kept flat to recreate it as the Wright brothers would have found it, or as close as humanly possible, anyway. Maybe in keeping with the somewhat secretive nature of the Wright brothers, there is a lot of information about them that they don't provide here - but enough too whet the appetite. Also, fittingly, there is a small airport here that general aviation aircraft can use to pay a visit!
  • I always read about the wright brothers I a little cartoon book we had when I was a kid. Now that I had the chance to be here in person. I loved it. They have a great museum full of info. We get to see the rail they launched from, markers at each distance and the memorial at the top of the hill all make for a fun experience. A must stop. #myactionadventures
  • Warning: Nerd leaving a review. I thought it was so cool that something I learned about as a kid and found interesting came to life during my visit to Kill Devil Hills. I had a blast and read every scripture and plaque that I came across. Had it not been for my family urging me along, I'm sure I would have spent a lot more time here. If you love history or aviation or both, you're going to really enjoy this place!
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