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Address: 302 Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone Number: +1 252-441-2426
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The largest hang gliding school in the world! Located at Jockey's Ridge...

The largest hang gliding school in the world! Located at Jockey's Ridge State Park, Kitty Hawk Kites has taught well over 300,000 people how to hang glide since the school was founded in 1974 by pioneer hang glider John Harris.

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A great time

My husband, daughter, and I went to check out Jockey's Ridge for the day and ended up hang gliding instead. What a great day. Our instructor, Jorge, was an amazing instructor... read more

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VIRGINIA BEACH
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

My husband, daughter, and I went to check out Jockey's Ridge for the day and ended up hang gliding instead. What a great day. Our instructor, Jorge, was an amazing instructor - patient, upbeat, and knowledgeable. Our experience was about $100 per person and included a lesson and 5 flights. Fantastic experience for the family.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My 15 year old took the testing session. Ground school and 5 flights. We were there about 4 hours. The waiting was brutal between flights. Kitty hawk kites could solve this by simply having smaller class sizes and not affect the number of people power day. The gliding was good though and the instructors were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family of 5. We all loved it. Our youngest, 7 yrs old, cried during the training video but once she saw what it was on the dune, she was hooked. Caleb, our instructor, was fantastic and made the kids feel great about their skills. Not one complaint, which is an impressive feat with our crew. We wore light gym-type clothing,... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience. Instructors were terrific. Jockey's Ridge is amazing. Beginners get great introductory tutorial and then excellent instruction on the ridge. Well worth the money for a memorable time. Just do it!

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Thank degutiskathy
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of five took beginner hang gliding lessons from KHK. We were partially rained out the first day, and they were very decent to reschedule us the same week for no extra charge. They put a strong emphasis on safety and the instructors (especially Will) were very patient, knowledgeable, and caring. We had an awesome time and would like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family decided to try hang gliding on our OBX vacation. We could not have asked for a better first experience. Jockeys Ridge provided a stunning vista rising above the ocean. Instructors gave excellent professional guidance in such a calm, clear relaxed fashion. They were inspiring and encouraging! Big props to Stevie, Hannah, Jorge and Elliott! So excited to receive... More 

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Thank Marcie L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went on a huge family/friends vacation to the OBX and stayed in a beach house; 9 in our group decided to try the hang gliding. Our age ranges were 20-55. We sat through the class, signed our waivers, etc. They did the little education about the structure of a glider. This was helpful, but there really... More 

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Thank Elizabeth P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Somehow we were expecting a little more thrill than we got hang gliding. It seemed more like a sales pitch to get a hang gliding certificate. You get about 5 feet maximum off the ground. It was super hot and they encourage you to bring tons of water, which got hot quick. The staff was friendly. If your an adrenaline... More 

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Thank Liz S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was so excited to try something new on our 1st outer banks vacation! So many options for things to try but this seemed so unique. I had some nerves at first but this was such a rush! My pilot was great and explained a lot during our flight and even let me take a turn steering! Maybe next time... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Thank you to Willie and Will F for making our families' first dune gliding experience a great one! Everyone had a fantastic time and want to come back!

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