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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Free Holiday Weekend at Wright Brothers National Memorial

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Date: January 9, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Wright Brothers National Memorial will be joining national park sites across the country in celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 14-16.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will also waive admission fees on April 21-29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10-12 (Veterans Day weekend). For additional information on national park fee free days, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Park staff of the Outer Banks Group manage the parks for visitors who seek inspiration and rejuvenation from the natural wonders and rich cultural heritage of the area.Bring your family and friends to Wright Brothers National Memorial, the site of the first powered flight, and learn more about this great nation's aviation history.Enjoy exploring the winter beaches of the nation's first national seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and visit the site of the first English settlement at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

"Winter can be a wonderful time to visit the national parks of the Outer Banks.During the winter months the smaller crowds, more relaxed pace, and sunny, cool days can provide wonderful opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home," said Superintendent Mike Murray."Fee free days are a great opportunity to discover a new season in your favorite national park."

Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For information on winter hours and available services, please visit the park's websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or call 252-473-2111.

Did You Know?

Monument dedication with Orville Wright in 1932.

The Wright Monument is the largest monument in this country built to a living person. Orville Wright attended the Monument dedication in 1932.