Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills! The Wright Brothers Memorial is a must-see attraction when visiting the Outer Banks. Located in Kill Devil Hills, the memorial commemorates the first flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright who spent three years in the area and finally launched their first power flight in 1903. Operated by the National Park Service, the Wright Brothers Memorial was authorized in 1927 and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
A vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina just simply isn’t complete without a visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial. Not many inventions have had as massive an impact on the entire globe as the first flight that happened here. But, that’s not all you’ll find here! Download the free Vacation Guide from Shoreline OBX for more fantastic vacation ideas!
The History of the Wright Brothers Memorial
Two brothers from Ohio who ran a bicycle shop tried for years to design a glider that would fly. Choosing the coast of North Carolina for the winds, they traveled to Kitty Hawk in 1900 and spent three years working on their designs. Working for years on the right design, in 1903 the brothers had designed the Wright Flyer I with a four-cylinder engine. Orville flew the first flight for 12 seconds over 120 feet before the brothers repeated the flights several times. It was the first time in human history that a person developed powered flight.
What You’ll See There
Tour the landscape that held the first flight including markers on the ground to show how far they went. The visitor’s center and museum feature reproductions of the 1902 glider and the famous 1903 flyer. Also, check out the reproduction of the wind tunnel that the Wright brothers conducted many tests in before accomplishing flight.
Also included in the Wright Brothers Memorial are replicas of the living quarters of Orville and Wilbur along with a hangar. A recent addition to the national park includes The Centennial of Flight Museum which has several flight exhibits that cover the history of aviation along with the future of flight.
There are over 428 acres of ground to cover and explore at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Over 500,000 visitors come to the memorial every year, making it one of the top attractions in the Outer Banks.
Other Important Information
The Wright Brothers Memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills with the official entrance located at mile marker 7.5. The National Memorial, visitors center, and Centennial Pavilion are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, seven days a week, year-round, and every day except for Christmas. Admission into the park is $7 for adults (16+) and free for those 15 and under.
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