Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington

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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 husband suggested we take the tour.I was a little apprehensive but so glad we went. It was so interesting to see how our service men lived aboard a battle ship years ago. My husband served in the N...  more »
  • Self-guided tour, informative staff. Great history lesson. Nearly all of the ship is accessible. Difficult with a stroller.  more »
  • I have visited this ship at least 5x in my life time and it never ceases to amaze us. I love the feel of exploring such a large ship and they increase the access every year, sometimes offering special...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our visit. We took our 13 yr old grandson & our 18 yr old granddaughter & her boyfriend. Our granddaughter was fussing about going, but once there they were all impressed with it's size. After reading some of the history about the ship, we boarded. The more we moved around topside the more the older kids started to get interested. It's amazing how much you can learn from trips like this. Going below deck you get to see what life was really like for the sailors. All the kids were finally fully in to it. We ended up spending several hours going through the ship. It was fairly hot out when we went. While the ship itself doesn't have a/c, they do have fans throughout to keep the air circulating. They also have a nice gift shop, it has a/c. The kids talked about the trip for several days and they continue to talk about it. My father was a Navy man during WWII & I enjoyed a chance to see a ship similar to what he served on.
  • Since I love Military history, I enjoyed the self-guided tour. I recommend watching the short video upon first coming aboard which gives a brief but very enlightening history of her years. If you do want a guided tour, make sure you look up those hours and make your reservations for one. If you didn't come away feeling some sort of respect for what life was like on this ship, then you truly did not experience the tour.
  • This is a must-see in Wilmington! I couldn’t believe how much we got to explore on the ship. We got to climb down ladders into the inside of the ship and see where the sailors used to eat and sleep! We loved reading the various stories and memories throughout the ship. There was an awesome volunteer that showed us around the dental and medical area of the ship- this made our visit extra special! Thank you!
  • If you're in Wilmington this is a must see. We've been a few times and our daughters (now aged 7 and 10) really enjoyed the whole experience. There's a great combination of history and tactile experiences where they could learn about life aboard a battleship and really get in the weeds and explore the entire thing. Recommend coming out on a cool day as it gets pretty hot inside the ship.
  • There is so much more than just jaw-dropping Americana here. People of all ages and both men and woman can appreciate all that is offered. So thankful to all the men and woman who have devoted so much to make such an astounding tribute to our American history. Feels so surreal when walking up to the battleship, almost as if you weren't allowed to see such an immensely powerful weapon of untold capability that words alone truthfully cannot do justice. Yet, because of many, many effort through the years we are all very much welcome to tour the entire ship which is not the usual. I have seen all the big battleships short of Massachusetts, and the crew of the big North Carolina have done an unequivocally job at restoring her and opening almost the entire ship, all her national secrets are for our eyes to feast upon.
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