Over 100 years ago the first plane took flight and changed everything. This happened in Kitty Hawk, NC making it the 1st State in Flight and those Wright Brothers famous. Now the Wright Brothers National Monument is a must see for all ages.
If you’re heading to the Outer Banks, NC I think a stop at the Wright Brothers National Memorial is a must. The admission is reasonable ($7 per adult and kids 15 and under free) and your pass is good for 7 days so you can come back another day if you decide.
Make sure you don’t forget your sunblock, and water. You’re outside and there’s not really any shade so make sure you protect yourself and stay hydrated. I would also recommend wearing sneakers since you’ll be walking up hills and all around.
There are a few different aspects to visiting. They are currently renovating the Visitor Center/Museum till 2018, but the temporary one still has what you need. I recommend popping in there 1st if you have kids and asking for a Junior Flight Ranger Activity Book. This will keep the kids engaged and they can get a special badge at the end.
Outside there are quite a few different things to see. There are 2 buildings that represent the camps and hangers. Then there’s the 6-ton First Flight Boulder. Where you can journey along the flight path and see the 4 numbered markers which indicate where the world’s first airplane landed after each of it’s four flights of December 17, 1903.
They also have the Wright Monument & Big Kill Devil Hill. Not only does this give an awesome view of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s the old sand dune that the Wrights conducted over 1,000 glider flights. Climbing the paths reminds you of their journey and when you get to the top of the hill the 60 foot Wright Memorial commemorates the Wright Brothers. I personally really liked looking at the door and seeing all the different modes of flight being represented.
There’s also have a sculpture at the base of the hill giving us a look at a moment in time on that day in 1903. You can learn about the men who were there, and even get to climb up on the sculpture and fly with Orville.
As you finish up don’t forget to stop back into the Visitor Center to take the Junior Flight Ranger Pledge and to stamp your National Parks Passport. You can also check out other Junior Ranger Programs in the Southeast area.
Have you taken a visit to the Wright Brother’s Memorial or Museum?