• The iconic first flight of the Wright brothers in their 1903 Wright Flyer

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Fee Free Summer Weekends

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Date: July 15, 2009
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – just got better this summer….with two additional “fee-free” weekends!  The National Park Service offers two upcoming “fee-free” weekends to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit their national treasures.  Visitors enjoyed the first of the “fee-free” weekends on June 20-21, 2009 when entrance fees for Wright Brothers National Memorial were waived.  The second “fee-free” weekend takes place this coming weekend on July 18-19.  Remember to mark your calendars for the third “fee free” weekend on August 15-16.  The 147 National Park Service sites across the country that charge entrance fees will waive those fees during these weekends.

 

“Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home,” said Superintendent Mike Murray.  “National parks are great places for visitors to have fun, reconnect with nature and learn about our great country.”  The staff of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages everyone to visit one of our nation’s premier parks this summer, including the parks in your own backyard.  Bring your family and friends to Wright Brothers to relax and learn more about this great nation’s aviation history.  Additional information can be found on line at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

 

While entrance fees for passengers in both private and commercial vehicles will be waived, recreation “user fees” such as permit fees, camping fees and lighthouse tour fees are not waived under this program.  Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

 

For information on visiting the Outer Banks Group parks, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-441-2111.

 

Did You Know?

First passenger flight 1908, credit: Library of Congress

The world’s first passenger flight took place at Kitty Hawk on May 14, 1908. Wilbur Wright flew the plane and Charles Furnas, a mechanic, was the passenger. Orville and Furnas then made a flight together of over 2 miles.