Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington

4.8
Must see · Ship · Tourist Spot
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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  • I was pleasantly surprised by how in depth the access is that you get to this ship. I have not had better access to a historic ship in all my travels. Everything looks like history was paused as you.....  more »
  • An antique from WWII, the battleship is kept spiffy and well painted. The inside, however, is close and too stuffy for a casual tour.  more »
  • Very clean and the people were very nice. Good history and a nice walk around to boat after seeing everything inside. Didn’t know this was the first battleship to launch an airplane from its deck...  more »
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  • This place is awesome. Our family visited the Battleship and spent close to three hours exploring. This was our first time there and we enjoyed ourselves. Definitely worth the money...family-friendly, and educational. You have the option to do a self-guided tour or pay a little extra money for a tour guide either way the historical significance for the Battleship North Carolina makes it worth the experience. Highly recommend visiting!!o
  • Absolutely worth the trip. My son and I went and killed hours in this wonderful piece of history. We took a self guided tour which allowed us time to look, read and enjoy at our own pace. It has well kept grounds and a friendly staff. We saw everything from the laundry to the gunnery. This ship is huge and full of world war memorabilia. I highly recommend a trip here with your kids! Fantastic experience.
  • Love it, it's a great place to take your kids. It's fun and very well kept. If like history and ships, specially Battleships, this is the one. We had great time. If you download the app it will make it even better. It will enhance your experience. So, don't wait and come and visit today!!!
  • Awesome museum ship! Actually my favorite of many. They're always working on restoration projects, so it's looking better all the time! Tons of space to explore and learn. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, as you'll be doing a lot of walking and climbing stairs in a lot of non-air conditioned spaces. There are vending machines on board for soda and water, but no snacks, so be prepared. You can come and go as you please though, so you can leave for lunch and come back later. I also recommend checking out their special guided tours (like Hidden Battleship, Firepower, etc) if you ever get the chance. Totally worth the money! Unfortunately, they chose to close the Veteran's Walkway on Labor Day weekend and didn't announce it. We drove over 10 hours and rented a room specifically to see the ship now that the walkway is complete, and no one we asked could even give us a reason why it was closed. There were construction signs but no workers present, and the usual flooding in the parking lot did not breach the walkway. Also when they drained the water inside the coffer dam, they left dozens of dead fish to rot in the mud, which looks and smells pretty awful. Still worth a visit, but be prepared.
  • Great fun on the self guided tour. If you aren't with someone who is a Navy Veteran you might want to get the audio tour. It's hot in the summertime, but the hours are long. And you pay for the day, just keep your wristband and you can leave and come back the same day. Loved it!

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