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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

"Fee Free" Summer Weekend at Wright Brothers National Memorial

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Date: August 11, 2010
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 x164

In celebration of America's great outdoors, Wright Brothers National Memorial will join national parks, national wildlife refuges, and certain Bureau of Land Management sites around the country in offering free admission to the park on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15.

Additional fee-free days will be on offered on September 25 for National Public Lands Day and November 11, Veterans Day, to honor America's service men and women.

"Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home," said Superintendent Mike Murray. "National parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature, build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment, and to learn more 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, the site of the first powered flight, and learn more about this great nation's aviation history.  Enjoy exploring the nation's first national seashore, attend a ranger program, and visit the site of the first English settlement. 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 climbing 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 252-473-2111.

Did You Know?

Sculpture of John Daniels taking the picture

John Daniels, who was employed at the Kill Devils Hills Life-Saving Station in North Carolina was asked to take the now famous photograph of the first flight. Daniels had never operated a camera until the morning of the flight.