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.
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.
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.