Take A 1-Hour Biplane Ride: Relive the Golden Age of Aviation

One of the earliest types of airplanes, biplanes share the same stacked wing design as the Wright flyer. And on this joy ride, you’re just a few miles down the street from the celebrated location of the Wright brothers first powered flight.

Isn’t it funny how doing the things that scare you the most can make you feel the most alive? The wind smacking your face as you glide through the clear sky is a reminder of why you put yourself in scenarios that take you to the edge.

It doesn’t take much more than a leather helmet, goggles, straps and a mic check before you are roaring over the Outer Banks like the pilots of yesteryear in a throwback biplane ride.

red biplane flying past a lighthouse on the outer banks of NC

Can’t beat the view (that’s the Bodie Island Lighthouse below – an iconic NC photo op)

You’ll enjoy truly unobstructed views because you’ll be sitting in an open-air cockpit at the front of the biplane! Peer over the side and you may be able to spot sea turtles, dolphins, and even the remnants of shipwrecks! And depending on the biplane tour you book, you’ll fly over the Wright Brothers’ Monument, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, and other noteworthy landmarks.

Tours options include 10, 30, or 60 minutes on courses that wind over Roanoke Island, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the stunning Outer Banks. While we can’t guarantee any barrel rolls (or buzzing the tower), but you’re sure to have an unforgettable old-school biplane flight experience.

lady in biplane

Messy hair! Don’t Care!

Booking A Biplane Tour: Know Before You Go:

Reservations are required. There’s a 400 lbs. total weight limit. Young thrill seekers must be accompanied by an adult on the biplane. Really young ones (under 2) can sit in a parent’s lap. If it’s really buggy out, you might consider bringing dental floss to use after the biplane flight (open-air cockpit humor).

Thrill-o-Meter:  8/10
Ages: This is a great all-ages activity!
Where:  Manteo, NC
Where: Year-round
Cost: Rides start at $150
Guide: Fly OBX