Wright Brothers Memorial Summer Events
For a summertime vacation you simply can't beat a beach getaway, especially to a place as rich in historical importance as it is in scenic beauty. Outer Banks vacations deliver that complete package of fun, relaxation, education, and that one-of-a-kind experience you can't get anywhere else in the world.
As our license plates read, "First in Flight," the Outer Banks has the honor of hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors to The Wright Brothers Memorial, honoring Wilbur and Orville Wright and their quest for flight, 111 years ago. The memorial, including a 60-foot granite monument which stands on a 90-foot hill towering over Kill Devil Hills, provides visitors the opportunity to stand in the exact spot where the first ever controlled, heavier-than-air, powered flight took off on December 17, 1903.
In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared August 19, Orville Wright's birthday, to be National Aviation Day, as it was Orville who was in the plane for that first flight of 12 seconds and 120 feet. This year, astronaut Dr. Don Thomas will give a lecture at the memorial, "The day a woodpecker attacked the space shuttle," to commemorate National Aviation Day. The mission specialist astronaut, who has flown on four different missions, will also be available to sign copies of his new book, "Orbit of Discovery: The All Ohio Space Shuttle Mission."
The First Flight Society is also planning to bring a flying adventure to the memorial this summer for youth ages 8 to 18. For updates or more information on the events going on at the Wright Brothers Memorial Park this summer, click here. Daily events throughout the summer will include:
Snapshot in Time: Explore the profound power of the Wright Brothers Memorial and recreate the famous image of the first flight.
- When: 11:30a.m. - Noon and from 1:30-2p.m. 15 minute sessions, Monday-Sunday.
- Where: The First Flight Boulder.
Flight Room Talk: Learn about Orville and Wilbur, how they developed their plane, and see a demonstration using a reproduction of the 1903 Flyer.
- When: 10a.m., Noon, 2p.m., and 4p.m. 25 minute sessions, Monday-Sunday.
- Where: Visitor Center Patio.
Wright Kite for Kids: Park Rangers demonstrate how to build and fly a homemade kite. Learn the roles of the kites in the brothers' story.
- When: 10:30-11a.m., Tuesday and Thursdays
- Where: Visitor Center Patio
Faster than a Flyer? For Kids: Rangers demonstrate just how fast the flyer was flying on December 17, 1903 and challenge kids to see if they are faster than a flyer.
- When: Daily 9-915.
- Where: First Flight Boulder.
The Wright Brothers Memorial is located at 1000 North Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills. Admission is free for park-goers 15 and under and $4 for attendees ages 16 and up.