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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wrightsville Blvd, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 23451 USA

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“Come see the site of the Wright Brother's first flight”

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever. Site of the world's first controlled powered flight on December 17, 1903. The Visitor Center features full-scale reproductions of the Wright 1903 Powered Flyer and interpretive presentations. A pavilion boasts an exhibit hall with special exhibits, including a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider and a multipurpose auditorium. The grounds include historical markers of each attempted powered flight, replica camp buildings and a 60-foot granite monument on top of Big Kill Devil Hill (a 90-foot dune) honoring the Wright brothers.

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Reviewed by
shelleywilsonaz

  • 17 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Wonderful memorial. Interesting, beautiful, and insightful. Worth the trip and the experience. Gorgeous setting.

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Reviewed by
Eric

  • 14 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
January 05, 2017
Rated 5.0

Hailing from California, we have some amazing National Parks, but we’re severely lacking in the National Memorial category. That made it all the more awesome to get our hands on some American history at the Wright Brothers Memorial. Splendid and serene is a good way to describe this place. Big, expansive spaces crowned by a hill showcasing a beautiful art deco sculpture. There’s also a quaint (albeit dated) museum with a replica of the Wright Flyer, their huts on the sand, and some great artifacts from the Wrights’ workshop. Nearby, markers show how far the Wrights flew during their time on the Outer Banks.

A few key things when you visit. The price is a little steep, but it’s a National Memorial—get over it. It’s really windy there, so bring a kite. There’s a cool bronze statute of the Wrights’ flight on the back side of the hill, so don’t forget to check that out. And it is totally worth hiking to the top of the hill. The views are really great from up there and the sculpture/monument is something to behold, especially if you’re into art deco.

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Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 122 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
March 15, 2021
Rated 4.0

This is a pretty cool spot to visit, regardless of whether you're an aviation nerd or just want to check out some history. There are detailed models of their work at the visitor center. They also have a re-creation of the brothers trying their experiment from the actual spot where they launched. The monument at the top of the hill has a heck of a view too. And like any other national park/monument, military gets in free, so big plus there :)

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Reviewed by
danentripp

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  • 2 Helpful
October 19, 2020
Rated 5.0

This was an amazing historical monument to view. Open and very informative. Active military get in free.

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Reviewed by
roadtripper997388

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  • 0 Helpful
October 06, 2020
Rated 5.0

Excellent

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Reviewed by
bevierm

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 09, 2020

I didn't know what to expect, but totally worth visiting. Was very interesting learning about what drove them to go for a dream.

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Reviewed by
jaykabee

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February 21, 2020
Rated 5.0

Such a moving experience. I loved standing where they flew. A beautiful memorial and when we went, it was only $10 for the entire experience (which I did not mind giving to the NPS),

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Reviewed by
kristytrent

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August 13, 2018
Rated 5.0

I didn’t expect to enjoy this site as much as I did. We ended a day here, and only had an hour to see the outdoor exhibits and sights. There was a kite festival that afternoon, and it was beautiful to drive in and see all the kites in the open field.

Note that you can drive around and also park near the base of the monument. We parked at the front of the park and walked the whole way. It was quite a trek! You will want to walk down through the middle of the field and see the markers for the first flight attempts and successes though.

We bought a National Parks Pass and admission was covered for us and our vehicle.

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Reviewed by
edwards9

  • 17 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
January 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

Interesting memorial if you are interested in aviation - we did not have to pay to park the day we went.

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Tatiana Danger

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March 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is the spot where the very first controlled powered flight took place on December 17, 1903. The site itself is beautiful with historical markers, a monument, and a replica camp, and the visitors center features a full-size replica of the Wright brother’s 1903 Powered Flyer.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wrightsville Blvd
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
23451 USA

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