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Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC

Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC

Photos of Wright Brothers National Memorial

An Outer Banks vacation is not complete without a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The Memorial is a tribute to the First Flight completed by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, when the airplane built by the brothers and navigated by Orville Wright soared in the air for 12 seconds. Although others have attempted to fly planes, this was the first controlled flight with a safe landing.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is one of the most affordable attractions on the Outer Banks. Kids under 16 years old are admitted free, and an individual permit for those 16 years and older can be purchased for $4. The permit is valid for 1 to 7 consecutive days. For more information about admissions, visit Wright Brothers Memorial Fees & Reservations page. The Wright Brothers Memorial visitor center and Centennial pavilion are open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm daily, closed Christmas Day.

The Wright Brothers Memorial is a great place to learn about the history of aviation in the early 19 hundreds. On display at the visitor center, you will see a full-scale reproduction of the 1902 glider, a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 flying machine, an engine block from the original 1903 Flyer, and a reproduction of the Wright’s first wind tunnel.

Wright Brothers National Memorial Photos

Take a walk up to the 60 ft monument, and enjoy the amazing view from the top of Kill Devil hill. Stop by the Kill Devil Hills Airport at the foot of the hill, and watch private planes land and take off. And don’t miss the First Flight metal sculpture display – a perfect spot for photo opportunities and a kids favorite.

Wright Brothers Memorial Kill Devil Hills NC

Take a walk along the circle path around the Kill Devil Hill. You may also want to bring a cooler and enjoy your lunch outdoors at one of the picnic tables at the Wright Brothers Memorial. And, if you are a nature lover, you may be pleasantly surprised by deer that can be frequently seen on the hill or walking through the nearby woods. The landing field at Kill Devil Hills Airport is another place you may be able to spot them.

As always, enjoy your Outer Banks visit, and please let us know if you have any questions about your upcoming OBX vacation.

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Outer Banks Aquarium

 

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outer Banks Aquarium in Manteo, NC

Outer Banks Aquarium is one of the OBX’ most fun, educational, and very affordable family attractions. The Aquarium is located on Roanoke Island, in Manteo, NC, within 30-40 minute drive from Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, in close proximity to the Island Farm attraction.

 

Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits

Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits

 

Outer Banks Aquarium on Roanoke Island boasts some great exhibits, including “Coastal Freshwaters”, “Wetlands on the Edge”, “Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue”, “Marine Communities”, “Close Encounters”, “Open Ocean”, and “Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet”.

Start your visit at the “Coastal Freshwaters” Exhibit and learn about the freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians, native to the waters of coastal ponds, lakes and rivers of North Carolina. Then enjoy watching the playful otters, observe turtles (snapping turtles, box turtles, and aquatic turtles) and alligators, and participate in the operation “Turtle Rescue” – a pretend play exhibit that gives you a hands-on experience of diagnosing and treating a replica of an injured sea turtle – very educational experience for kids and adults alike. As you continue your exploration of the Outer Banks Aquarium, you will also see seahorses, eels, lobsters and saltwater fish and have an opportunity to experience close marine animal encounters (at Aquarium’s touch tanks with stingrays, sharks, sea stars, crabs, starfish, etc.). The highlight of any trip to the Outer Banks Aquarium is the 285,000 gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic Tank with Sand tiger, sandbar, and nurse sharks swimming by the Replica of USS Monitor shipwreck. If you time your visit right, you will also have an opportunity to interact with divers who will answer just about any question you might have about sharks.

After your Aquarium visit, be sure to stop by the Aquarium Gift Shop that offers great souvenirs and  very educational toys for kids of all ages.

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium in Manteo is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm,  and closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. General Admission prices range from $6.00 to $8.00, with discounts for seniors and kids. Children under 2 years old are admitted free of charge. If you already have an NC Aquarium membership, admission is free. Outer Banks Aquarium has partnered with 150 zoos and aquariums around the country to offer more benefits to Aquarium Society members, based on their reciprocal agreement. If you are visiting from a different state and you are have a Zoo or Aquarium Membership in your state, be sure to check if you qualify for free or discounted admission.

 

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Weather in the Outer Banks

Weather in the Outer BanksWhat is the weather in the Outer Banks like? Generally, we get hot summers and pretty mild winters, with July and August being the hottest months and December, January, and February the coldest. In July and August, temperatures will sometimes go above 100°F, with the average temperatures in the 85-90°F range. In the winter, we can occassionally get 25°F to 32°F temperatures, but the average is usually around 50°F in December through late February. If you do come to the Outer Banks in the winter time, you may be pleasantly surprised with 65°F – 70°F days. In fact, this winter of 2012 – 2013, we have had quite a few warm days with temperatures in the high 60′s.

Does it snow on the Outer Banks? Snow on the Outer Banks is very rare. With the huge temperature hikes (low 30’s one day and high 60’s the next day), the combination of cold temperature and precipitation is a rare occassion. This year (2013) we got very lucky and had a snow day on January 25th. The snow actually did stick to the ground for a day, which was a major reason to celebrate for the Outer Banks kids. Generally, if you are coming to visit Outer Banks from a cold state and would prefer some warm weather, January and February are probably the two months you would be taking a chance with. I have lived on the Outer Banks for over ten years, and I can recall a few years when we had snow storms in late January. If snow sticks to the ground and the roads get icy, most businesses on the Outer Banks shut down, and there is very little to do. Sorry, our cars are not equipped with snow tires, so people can’t get to work. The good news is that, like I mentioned earlier, the snow is very rare on the Outer Banks and it usually melts within just a day or two.

In March, April, and November, temperatures on the Outer Banks are usually in the high 50’s to low 60’s. Outer Banks Tourist Season officially starts around Memorial Day and ends after Labor Day. In June it warms up to high 70’s – low 80’s, but water temperatures are usually still pretty low until mid to late June. September and October are the two months that are very much favored by OBX locals. Air temperatures are still pretty high – often in the high 70’s to low 80’s – and the water temperature is perfect for swimming through late September – early October.

It’s also worth mentioning, that we often get some High Winds on the Outer Banks, and they greatly contribute to chilly weather in the winter. As I am writing this on February 1, 2013, air temperature is 38°F, with WNW 17 mph winds.

Need more information on average monthly tempeartures? Be sure to checkout the weather in the Outer Banks. Enjoy your Outer Banks vacation! Hope the weather is just fine.

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Post Office Outer Banks NC

Post Office Outer Banks NCLooking for Post Office on Outer Banks NC? Here you will find information on OBX post offices locations, operation hours, and phone numbers. If you are in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills area, I highly recommend Kitty Hawk post office at Mile Post 4.5 featured in the photo. That’s the post office we have been using for years and we’ve always been happy with the friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable staff of the KH post office.

Outer Banks Post Office Locations – OBX NC

KITTY HAWK › Post Office
Phone: 252-261-2211
3841 N Croatan Hwy
KITTY HAWK, NC 27949-9238
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sun Closed
Phone: 252-441-5666
302 S Croatan Hwy
KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC 27948-9998
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sun Closed
DUCK › Post Office
Phone: 252-261-8555
1245 Duck Rd
KITTY HAWK, NC 27949-9997
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 10:15am – 3:15pm
Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm
Sun Closed
NAGS HEAD › Post Office
Phone: 252-441-7387
100 Deering St
NAGS HEAD, NC 27959-9998
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sun Closed
COROLLA › Post Office
Phone: 252-453-2552
1150 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927-9703
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 9:30am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sun Closed
RODANTHE › Post Office
Phone: 252-987-2273
25969 NC Highway 12
Rodanthe, NC 27968-9995
Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 8:15am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm -4:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sun Closed
Other Outer Banks Post office Locations: Frisco, Hatteras, Buxton, Avon, Ocracoke
Looking for things to do on the OBX, NC? Visit the Island Farm in Manteo, NC & check out this video about Outer Banks to get some ideas.

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Outer Banks Halloween Ball

 If you are looking for a fun Outer Banks Halloween Event for Adults, make sure to pick up your ticket to  ”The Black Cat Ball” , taking place at the Outer Banks Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, October 28th, 2011 from 7pm to Midnight. For more information on how to get your tickets or reserve your VIP tables, you can call Amanda Marie at 252-207-5153.

Fun Halloween event on Outer Banks

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Grandy GreenHouse and Farm Market HayRide

Grandy Farm Market Hay RideEvery Fall, Grandy Farm Market offers HayRides to their pumpkin patch. The HayRide is one of Outer Banks locals’ favorite Fall activities. For a small admission fee of $6.50 per person (same fee for kids and adults), you can get a Hay ride to the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin to take home, a frozen yogurt, and stuff a scarecrow. Grandy Farm Market Hay Rides are offered every 1/2 hour on Saturdays and Sundays, and group hay rides can be arranged on weekdays.

 

 Grandy Farm Market

Grandy Farm Market is located in Grandy, north from the Cotton Gin Shop in Jarvisburg (1/2 hour drive  from Southern Shores):

 6264 Caratoke Highway
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-2658

Grandy Farm Market also offers free samples of their delicious Apple cider, so be sure to try it :)

Looking for more fun things to do on the Outer Banks? We have a few suggestions: Visit the Island Farm in Manteo and Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park

 

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The Island Farm in Manteo, NC

Island Farm Outer BanksFor a fun and educational experience for your entire family, be sure to visit The Island Farm in Manteo, NC. The Island Farm is located at 1140 US Highway 64, North of Manteo. If you are vacationing in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, or Nags Head, the Island Farm is within a  short 15-30 minute drive, in close proximity to other popular Outer Banks attractions, such as the Outer Banks Aquarium, The Elizabethan Gardens, and Roanoke Island Festival Park. Although The Island Farm in Manteo, NC is a new Outer Banks attraction that recently opened up to visitors. Island Farm’s history dates back to 1757, when Adam Etheridge leased 1500 acres of land to farm and range livestock. According to the Island Farm Visitor Guide, Etheridge Farm house, built around 1847 is the oldest restored house on Roanoke Island. Visitors have an opportunity to explore the Farm House, Slave Cabin, Cookhouse, Smokehouse, Blacksmith Shop, Dairy, and talk to “interpreters” about the island life 150 years ago. The Farm is a fun place to visit for family with kids. Children will enjoy dressing up in period attire (vests, hats, aprons), playing 19th centrury games (tug-of-war, the Hoop, La Grace), interacting with farm animals, and learning about gardening. The Island Farm also offers ox-drawn wagon rides, but it is a good idea to call them at 252-473-6500 and check on the time the wagon rides are offered.

The Island Farm Admission Cost is $6 per person and children 5 and under are admitted free.

The Island Farm Operating Schedule: The Island Farm is open April 21 through November 26 (2011), 10 am to 4 pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday in April, May, and November and Wednesday – Saturday in June through October)

Corolla HorsesLaundry washing at Island FarmBlacksmith Shop at Island Farm, Manteo, NC

 

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