Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington

4.7
Explore the decks and hear stories about the most decorated U.S. Battleship of World War II. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was built using the latest shipbuilding technology of the time and participated in every major naval offensive of the Pacific Theater. A self-guided tour will take you to nine decks, gun turrets, living quarters, and a surgical clinic. Learn about individuals who served on the ship from oral histories, photographs, and mementoes. Read the Roll of Honor to see names of North Carolinians who died serving in World War II. The ship is not air-conditioned, and you will be walking a lot, so bring a bottle of water. Plan to visit Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Wilmington attractions using our Wilmington trip builder app .
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  • My son and I visited this battleship during a recent fly drive holiday. This attraction is awesome and the tour is well laid out and easy to follow . The fact that it takes you right down into the shi...  more »
  • Very educational, showed what men went thru during WWII. Living quarters, medical , mess hall.and battle stations. Very interesting  more »
  • We enjoyed the attraction it was interesting to sense all the history this ship played in our country.you could all most feel the crew it times it was erie  more »
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  • Stepping through time is always an adventure. Getting to walk through the ship was a great experience especially as they are getting to restore more of it bit by bit. The information boards are nice and they have fans throughout the whole boat to help keep cool on a hot day which is appreciated. The tour is guided by arrows and chain which isn't as fun as walking the exhibit at free will. Great for a family day and the price isn't bad, even more so when you can see the work crew restoring and working hard.
  • By far the most interesting part of our week long vacation! So much freedom on the self guided tour. My 4, 5, and 8 year old loved exploring almost every part of the ship. There's almost nothing that is not accessible on the ship. USS North Carolina is a stop you must make. When we went around 10:45am on July 1st and there was hardly a soul on the ship.
  • Good attraction to visit for half a day. So many nooks and crannies for the kids to explore. Fascinating to see life on board a battleship and how small the men must have been back then. Go early to avoid crowds and heat. I felt a little woozy on the lower decks, likely due to limited ventilation. I expect it would be worse with hundreds of people on board.
  • The Battleship is presented very well with great boards explaining history of the spot on the ship. A wonderful touch are the personal accounts from the crew of the ship. Unfortunately there aren't any docents around to add to the experience. We found the few staff we encountered to not be friendly at all. From the young man at the ticket counter, to the older woman cashiering in the gift shop and the few other women in the shop. Not one smile or greeting from any if them. Thankfully they were not the focus of our visit.
  • Amazing place, and an amazing piece of history. I live in Wilmington and I don't grow tired of going. Every time I step aboard I discover something new. Great, knowledgeable staff that are more than willing to answer questions. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

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