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

    Wright Brothers

    National Memorial North Carolina

Things To Do

Visitors flying paper airplanes

Participate in park programs like "Fun in Flight".

National Park Service

Visit the Wright Brothers Visitor Center where the Wright brothers’ story is told through exhibits.

On display in the visitor center are:

  • a full-scale reproduction of the 1902 glider,
  • a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 flying machine,
  • an engine block from the original 1903 Flyer, and
  • a reproduction of the Wright's first wind tunnel.

Climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea. Atop the hill stands the 60 ft. pylon - the site where Wilbur and Orville conducted their glider experiments.

Stand on the same spot where the brothers made their first flights. A large granite boulder marks the spot where the first plane left the ground.

Visit the park via plane and land at the 3,000 ft. First Flight Airstrip. Spend a day visiting the place where flight started.

Did You Know?

The glider with Big Kill Devil Hill in 1902

In 1902, the Wrights made 250 glides in just two days and tallied more than 1,000 glides in one month. From the hills, they perfected the art of soaring and control of the aircraft.