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Kill Devil Hills, NC

History correctly records Kitty Hawk as the location of the world’s first controlled flight in 1903, but the site where the Wright Brothers soared their plane is actually in the present-day town of Kill Devil Hills. In addition to that historic site, there are numerous places in KDH where vacationers can find enjoyable things-to-do and unique ways to spend the day.

Celebrate the Spirit of Flight

With a visit to Kill Devil Hills, the Wright Brothers National Memorial should not be missed. Back in 1903 when the brothers made history, Kill Devil Hills referred to the nearby sand dunes since the town, as we currently know it, hadn’t become a municipality yet. Kitty Hawk is four miles to the north and at that time was known as the location of the first flight. In present-day Kill Devil Hills, not only is the field marked with the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved their goal of flight, but a replica scene re-creates it perfectly. Plus, the museum is pretty amazing. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and the history that can be learned from a short visit is both invaluable and interesting. 

Find Fun after the Sun Sets

In the evening hours, Kill Devil Hills offers some exciting nightlife activities. Perhaps a journey into the world of the supernatural is something the family finds intriguing. Take a spooky ghost walk and listen to spine-tingling stories while possibly experiencing inexplicable happenings. Meander by locations in Kill Devil Hills where tragic events kept spirits from departing this world. You’re also likely to hear about some classic regional stories including the tale of the man in gray. This famous Confederate ghost helpfully warns residents and visitors of impending hurricanes on Hatteras Island. His story and more are ingrained in Outer Banks lore. Or, “die laughing” and participate in a classic “Who done it?” case. Enjoy dinner and a show at a murder mystery theater. Follow the clues laid out by the cast in an attempt to solve the puzzle. The nights will certainly be enjoyable with evening entertainments like these.

Leave a Message of Hope

If you would like to leave your own mark in the area, you can do so subtly by leaving a note, a poem, or even random personal thoughts in a journal stored in the Little Red Mailbox. Founded by Sue and Eddie Goodrich, the mailbox is located at Glenmere Public Beach Access at MP 8. Through reading the messages or by leaving one, the mailbox is meant to give hope, inspire, and even comfort people in the area. (Visit the Town Hall’s digital archive that records all of the journals and notes for future generations to read and cherish.) Stop by and find serenity by the sea through your own thoughts and writings.

Make a Hole-in-One

For fun and entertainment, challenge the family to a game of miniature golf! Whether your group is skilled enough to ace the holes in one shot or if you end up fishing golf balls out of water hazards, you’re bound to have a great time. Each course in the area has its own theme with scenic depictions like treasure hunting or tropical adventures. Putt your way around the course—through the challenges and obstacles to see who wins. Maybe a stop for locally made ice cream or frozen custard afterwards can be offered as a prize for everyone.

Did You Know?

The small town of Kill Devil Hills, which has merely 6,000 residents, became incorporated in 1953. But where did this town’s strange name come from? Back when pirates sailed the waters, it is believed that they concealed enough strong rum in the region to “kill the devil.” This area was a great location since the sand dunes provided a natural hideaway. Apparently, the legend stuck and the town got its name.

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