Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Kill Devil Hills attractions like Wright Brothers National Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This might be one of the most inspirational National Parks that I have ever been to. As the Ranger said "this is where impossibility died. Well worth the time and go on tour with the Ranger. 
  • The Ranger who gave us the tour was not only informative, but has uw riveted to the story of the Wright brothers! 
  • The site that changed the world. Great layout, neat can clean. Very friendly and helpful rangers. You can't come here and not make this visit. Lots of walking so the infirm may not enjoy as much as th...  read more »
  • Great memorial run by expert park ranger team. Great for kids to get exercised (running up Kill Devil Hill!) and the best view around from the top of the hill. Museum provides air conditioned blissful respite from summer mid afternoon heat, crammed with interesting exhibits covering the history of manned powered flight conquests from the Wrights to date. Highly recommend the Ranger talks, they're fascinating. Estimate leaving at least 2-3hrs min to really get the most out of your visit. Good parking, good facilities but very expensive gift shop - $7 for a fridge magnet - just saying...! :D Bring a lunch, limited vending machines. Disabled friendly.
  • Beautiful place with rich history that was well presented. The rangers were extremely nice and were happy to answer questions. Just be prepared for a climb to the top. It doesn't look that steep. But it is!
  • A stunning monument on the hill, the site of the actual flights with markers for the distance of each one, a short museum exhibit, and a replica of the flyer. They used to have another building with more exhibits about space and weather, but it was apparently temporary because it has been taken down. That's unfortunate, because it was our favorite part of our last visit. Definitely worth the stop, though. Your admission gets you in for several days, also. I almost forgot! Several pokestops, and some quality pokemon on site. :-D
  • Today is a great day to visit centennial anniversary of the founding of national park service for all parks nation wide FREE admission!!!!!! Great for families and those on a budget. Presentation by staff is well worth it. Rangers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Their enthusiasm is sure to inspire kids and parents of all ages!!!!
  • Great historical information. From full scale models of the plane and glider, portraits and descriptions of people who made an impact on flight, learning activities for children. There can be a good bit of walking uphill, be ready for that with some water and a hat or sun screen. We enjoyed the walk up the hill. There is an active air port next to the museum, which is a nice touch.
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