The Outer Banks is a popular destination for fun in the sun, but another great thing that makes this region so great is its fascinating history. Discover our area’s past when you visit our favorite Outer Banks Museums. The Outer Banks is full of firsts when it comes to historical events in American culture!
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Outer Banks Museums
Discover the Outer Banks through some of its most fascinating museums and historic sites. You can immerse yourself in the history of the banks through a variety of tours, or go sightseeing on your own. Here are some of our favorite spots to learn about our beloved region!
Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills
If you’ve been on a plane, you’ve probably wondered how it works and how the first flight came about. Well, the answer is right here on the Outer Banks, where the Wright Brothers piloted the first-ever airplane. The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills displays a 60-foot monument in honor of the famous siblings. Check out the visitors center and you’ll be amazed by the life-sized models of the 1903 flyer and 1902 glider planes. The site also includes the Centennial of Flight Museum, where you can learn all about the history and the future of air travel.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras Island
History buffs from all over will be intrigued by a visit to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Walk through exhibits that demonstrate the importance of the Civil War, the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You’ll discover the maritime history of the coast and learn about the hundreds of shipwrecks that happened right here on the Outer Banks.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island
You can spot the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from far away with its distinct, candy cane striped paint. It used to light the way for ships in a dangerous area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. You can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the world’s tallest brick lighthouse for a captivating view of the ocean. It’s open to the public from the end of April until Columbus Day, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly.
Return to Your Paramount Destinations Vacation Rental
You’ll find the most exceptional Outer Banks vacation rentals with Paramount Destinations. We provide the destination, and you’ll create the family memories! Plan your stay at Memory Lane in Nags Head. This gorgeous, oceanfront beach cottage has four bedrooms and accommodates seven people. Your family can enjoy sitting on the wraparound porch to catch the picturesque sunrise over the ocean. Then, make use of your private beach access and go for a walk on the beach! Nothing is more satisfying than a stroll to Memory Lane. Check our availability and book your dream vacation home now!