Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

Must see · History Museum · Historic Site
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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  • The area is really nice. It is explained very well by docents. The landmark is impressive. The museum is real nice and informative. Family oriented.  more »
  • The first flight of man comes alive at the Wright brothers memorial monument. Especially loved the life-size replica of the airplane and those at the first flight available for children and adults...  more »
  • The contents and story within the NPS Visitor Center were well done, and brought details of all the struggles, work effort, inspiration, and final success front and center. Reproduction plane on...  more »
  • This is a great national memorial and a must see for the family. You will spend a couple of hours here. Bring you walking shoes, water and good weather. Part of the experience is outdoor, to see where the first flight happened and get a perspective on the distances. The indoor section has a great easy to understand history, with cool facts and exhibits. They have a replica flyer here (original is in the Smithsonian Space and Science museum in Washington, DC). They do have some of the original fabric on display from the flyer. The outdoor section also has the buildings where the brothers worked and slept. The monument erected by the state of North Carolina. They also have a life size bronze statue of the picture of the first flight. This gave you a perspective of the action on that day. The National Park Pass is accepted for entry. There is a ton of parking. Soak up the history!
  • Great spot to visit👍 Been there a couple times years ago. Now took my 3rd grader during our road trip and had a great, educational experience for kids as well as adults. We got lucky, the guide just started a presentation with visuals and a walk through. I suggest to allocate at least a couple hours for the museum and outside. Suggest to all to visit. Enjoy.
  • Truly incredible national treasure! Park ranger led us on a great and informative tour of where the Wright brothers had set up their camp and where the famous flight took place. Beautifully maintained property and a great educational day for the entire family. Nice gift shop as well!
  • The birth of avation!! A fantastic trip through the history of American Flight. Even if one is not into aviation, one must simply go to be in awe of how man's flight began. Stand in the spot where the first plane took off and flew...inspiring. Wright Brothers Memorial is run by the National Park Service so one knows it's clean, informative and well run. Pay a small entrance fee and enjoy. I believe the entrance fee is good for three days.
  • Great little museum. I think it was recently remodeled. Didn't take very long to go through, but very interesting and informative. Cool outdoor exhibit of the workshop and launch rail. A metal full size exhibit near the hill with monument shows the size of the plane and kids will have fun on it.

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