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“A Must-Do Activity”

Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Owner description: Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
Reviewed August 22, 2011

I've been to the Wright Brothers Memorial on all three of my OBX vacations. For anyone who is interested in science, aviation, or just U.S. history, this is a must-visit stop for your itinerary. The exhibits do a good job of describing Orville and Wilbur Wright's endeavors that changed the world, and members of the National Parks Service give informative talks about the first flight.

It took my husband and I (it was his first visit) about two hours to explore the museum exhibits in both buildings, walk to the top of the hill to the memorial, and walk the length of the four first flight attempts. The amount of time you spend will obviously vary depending on your interest level and how closely you read museum plaques.

The memorial closes at 5 pm, so be sure to give yourself enough time. We went from about 11-1 and found that it wasn't too crowded. Be sure to wear sunscreen and good walking shoes, as everything apart from the museum exhibits is outside and there is a bit of walking involved if you want to see everything. The park charges an entrance fee and re-admission is allowed for several days after your initial visit.

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Reviewed August 21, 2011

The kids loved the junior ranger program. It made them actually pay attention to the information that was being given to them. Plus they got a badge at the end of it. Cool!
Nice view from the tower. Very informative

Thank michelleneuro
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

This was a very neat thing to see. I didn't actually go up to the memorial but enjoyed seeing the museum and the outdoor exhibits. I loved learning more about the Wright brothers and their flight efforts and there was some interesting information and photographs of what the Outer Banks looked like when they were there.

Thank mythreeesonsjmo
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Great piece of American History, so much to do so little time. A Must See!!

Thank Fredman4
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Authentic and well-maintained exhibition makes it easy to imagine the Wright Brothers' historic flight happening right in front of you. It's a place you've always heard about, but what a thrill to actually be there!

Thank Michael B
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