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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  • I'm not one who's ever been into studying the origins and history of aviation, so this was only on my "to do" list because it was close to our hotel. However, my friend and I were both totally captiva...  more »
  • If you're at all interested in flight, then this is a must-do attraction. The site itself is well laid out with the markers and the model of the plane used. You can drive around or walk - but it'll be...  more »
  • This was a highlight of our trip. Ranger talk in Visitor Center is a must do. Replica of the Wright Bros. plane helps to make experience meaningful. Also enjoyed aviator stories and portraits. I had j...  more »
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  • Hard to imagine what this place was like 100 years ago. When the Brothers visited in the early 1900's, there were not many people around. The place was very isolated and an adventure to get to. The current memorial location is wide open. Lots of open space. Not really a whole lot to see here. The vibe however is good. Historical significance of this place makes it a must do.
  • 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.
  • This was really cool, and my family spent more time here than I expected on our first visit. The visitor center itself was closed for renovations when we came, but the memorial itself is breathtaking. It's well worth the climb to the top of the hill to look at. Seeing the actual lengths of the Wright Brothers' first 4 flights was interesting as well. 120 feet is much shorter than you'd think. If you have kids, don't miss the bronze sculpture of the plane on the far side of the monument.
  • 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!!!!
  • Pretty much my favorite place on obx. Go here all the time with daughter to climb the monument and see airplanes. Go for sunrise and sunset when park is closed and empty. Access it through the airstrip parking lot after hours.