Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

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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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  • This is a beautiful memorial and a tribute for two pioneers in aviation history. I will start off the entrance fee is $10.00 per person 16 and older. The park grounds are well taken care of. You...  more »
  • This is a must see to gain insight into early aviation. The museum has a trove of material on the brothers' early life, feats of design and engineering and ultimately their defiance of gravity. A...  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.

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