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Wright Brothers National Memorial

1401 National Park Drive

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.


Allie Genia

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Holy cow, you guys, make sure you visit this National Memorial. This was amazing! Unfortunately the main visitor center is closed for renovations at this moment - it's really cool that the renovations are being carefully done as the visitor center itself is actually a historic landmark as well. According to the website it should be open later this year, so make time to visit that as well. For now the main attractions are outside with very little shade, so make sure you bring sunscreen and lots of water for the summer. My love and I visited here in the morning, but it was HOT AF by the time we actually made it and we went through a gigantic bottle of water between the two of us in the hour and a half of our visit. We were able to climb the hill and visit the monument - this was difficult as the grade of the hill was pretty steep! If you have mobility issues, this may be very difficult for you to explore. It was really cool to make it to the top of the hill though, as it is really a gorgeous view of the area. (It also will help you appreciate why the Orvilles decided on a rail system for their successful first flights!) The markers for the first flights were also awesome - being able to actually walk the distances of the first flight was really special. We also got to see a recreation of the camp they stayed in, which was really cool! We missed the ranger talks, but I'll highly recommend them anyway - it's clear that the people who work at this location take a lot of care in the upkeep and presentation of this site. There aren't a whole lot of exhibits up due to the renovations, so they're the source for further information if you're looking for it. All in all, make sure you visit this site. It's wonderful!

Jacob Edwards

Sunday, May 27, 2018
There is a per person charge which we did not realize. After visiting the lighthouses we adsumed it would be free so our mistake for not looking it up. Old visitor center is being renovated. the temporary visitor center is really just a small gift shop. The gift shop had a few posters with information and that was really it for inside exhibits. The walkway for the flight paths was nice and wide enough for two way foot traffic. The memorial has close by parking if needed, we left our car at the visitor center. The walk up to the memorial gets a bit steep. There is seating (in the sun) at the top or you can sit on the pavement in the shade of the memorial. The replica plane statue, another decent walk behind the memorial is metal and sturdy enough for people to get on.

Sarah Middleton

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Very informative. We took my dad who is a huge history buff and he loved it. Unfortunately, he has a bad hip which means he can't walk huge distances or else we probably would have spent more time wandering the field and examining the memorials in greater detail. There was some handicap parking but it'd be nice to have better accommodations to experience the memorial in full (though I'm not sure what could be done). Still, a wonderful experience! The sculptures/life-size model of the original plane were my favorite part - they really brought the events of that time period to life for me.

Kevin W

Friday, May 4, 2018
If you love aviation how can you not go to the actual spot that flight began. If you don't love aviation... Go anyway. Aside from the visitor center being closed for renovation it is a great stop. The ranger discussion outlining the historic flight was well done. There is not a ton to see here, it won't take all day so stop by, take a few pictures and relive an amazing moment in history.

Jim Coffman

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Great place to visit, I think a lot of people don’t realize that it’s on your way to the Outer Banks. It is well worth a visit not out of the way at all, just off of the main highway leading to OBX. Learn about the history and birth of aviation. As with most national parks it’s open 9-5 and currently costs $10 per person, they also accept the national park passes.

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