Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wilbur and Orville Wright are known as the first men to fly. They are pioneers of American aviation. The brothers invented, built, and flew the world’s very first motor-operated airplane. To conduct their flying experiments, they used the town of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. They chose the Outer Banks because the wind, isolation and sand were favorable. They decided who would take the first flight by coin toss.
 
The Wright brothers carried out two types of experiments;
 
· Gliding – The gliders took off from the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills. They also started from Big Hill. Today, the Wright Brothers Monument is on Big Hill.
 
 
· Powered flying – These were the first flights. They began from flat ground. They were flown from outside the camp the brothers had set up. Today, the Flight Line and the First Flight Boulder are on the grounds.

Accessibility

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is in Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. The museum can be accessed by road and air.
 
1. By road: You can access the museum from Virginia to the North, Rocky Mount to the West and Florence to the South.
 
2. Norfolk International Airport is to the north of the memorial. The distance is 100 miles. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 200 miles west of the park.
 
Both airports offer commercial flights. There are rental cars available for the rest of the distance.
 
There is no public transportation in the area.

Attractions

Wilbur and Orville Wright spent years of their lives working on their project. The Wright Brothers National Memorial is where their first flight was a success. The United States built the memorial to commemorate and celebrate their efforts. The locations available for viewing are;
 
1. First Flight Boulder and Flight Line
 
The place where the Wright Brothers flew the first aircraft. You can also visit the areas which they landed.
 
2. Reconstructed 1903 Camp Buildings
 
These buildings show where Orville and Wilbur started their experiments in 1903. The reconstructed buildings include living quarters and a hangar. The brothers lived in a camping fashion.
 
3. Wright Brothers Monument
 
The United States built a monument to remember the Wright Brothers’ achievement. The monument is at the top of Kill Devil Hill. The location is where they conducted their experiments on gliding.
 
4. December 17, 1903 Sculpture
 
The first flight is captured in a sculpture. The artifact is on the southern parts of Kill Devil Hill. Visitors are allowed to touch the sculpture if they are careful.
 
5. Wright Brothers Visitor Center
 
The National Historic Landmark building was constructed in 1960. It has since been renovated. The building offers information about the memorial and the Wright Brothers. Visitors can also explore the exhibits at the center.

Education

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a great educational institution. There are facilities to help students learn about aircrafts, from invention.
 
· Field trip: You can plan a field trip to the park. It will allow learners to interact with exhibits and gain first-hand information. Allow them to explore and find many learning opportunities.
 
· Website: The park’s website has valuable information, if required. It is also a great resource for those who may find difficulty visiting the park.
 
· Virtual learning: For those who cannot visit, this is an option. In addition to visiting the website, you can have a;
 
§ Chat with a ranger
 
You can organize a call with a park ranger for 30 minutes. A staff member at the memorial will answer all questions by students.
 
§ Virtual field trip
 
There are videos of the trips available for far learners. The virtual field trip takes students through the attractions at the Monument.

Junior Rangers

In an effort to keep children engaged, the park offers a Junior Ranger Program. It is made for ages 5 to 13 and is a fun and entertaining way to keep children informed.
 
The program takes place on location. The children receive booklets and badges at the end of the program.
 
Junior Rangers are required to fill in the booklets found at the front desk. They also need to attend at least one of the ranger programs.

Volunteers

Anyone can sign up as a volunteer at the park. Volunteers get involved in many activities that allow the park to function smoothly. Some of the activities done by volunteers are;
 
§ Tour guide
 
§ Interpreter
 
§ Conservation Education
 
Some of the volunteer opportunities come with housing and other perks. Read through the volunteer section on the website to gain more information.

Operating Hours

The park is open every day except on Christmas Day. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park remains open on all public holidays and annual celebrations.

Entrance Fees

The park charges a small fee to access its facilities. The amounts charged to each group are;
 
Children: $0
 
Adult: $10
 
Commercial Sedan: $25
 
Small bus: $40
 
Commercial motor coach: $100

Nearby Attractions

The Outer Banks is full of interesting places to visit. For visitors looking for additional places, here are some suggestions;
 
1. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
 
The gorgeous beaches are about 10 miles to the South of the Wright Brothers Memorial. It stretches for 70 miles. There are narrow islands that are sandy. The shores are the best site for recreational activities.
 
2. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
 
This is almost 17 miles South West of the Wright Brothers Memorial. The fort was where the first colonization attempt happened. The Lost Colony, led by Sir Walter Raleigh is the site’s story. It disappeared at the location right after settling.
 
The Wright Brothers contributed greatly to today’s reality. The invention of aircraft supports many factors, including trade, transportation, and war. Their invention was a breakthrough for humanity. They deserve the monument built for them. The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a testament to their existence. It retains their history as boys from Ohio who had a dream and transitioned that dream into a reality that has benefited the whole world.