Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington

4.8
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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  • A great WWII historical ship. Allocate plenty of time to walk the ship, read its placards, and enjoy its historical beauty.  more »
  • The ship has great access to all the interesting areas. Gift ship is being renovated but they have a suitable temporary space. But it is just some of the basic trinkets. New walkway the circles the sh...  more »
  • I served in the military, though not the Navy, and appreciate the cost of freedom. Whether the ultimatum sacrifice or the daily loss or personal freedoms, this place will remind you of all of it in a ...  more »
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  • What an awesome day! Walk and tour the entire ship! Yes, below deck, you experience how living on board is a whole new world. Just think, experiencing History as you go through the same halls and living quarters as the sailors did in the past. The ship and the museum is full of interesting facts and stories for the whole family. Come away with a new appreciation for all those whom served on this great Battleship!
  • It's an awesome piece of history! A lot of the ship was accessible. You can see all the interesting parts like the guns, ammunition magazines, bunking areas, as well as fire control, damage control, and engine rooms. There are information posters everywhere describing what part of the ship you are in, its functions, history, and stories from the brave men that served aboard her. Audio tours are offered if you like. I roamed around the ship by myself in about 4 hours. Be ready to duck your head a lot and go up and down very steep ladders. If you take small children, keep an eye on them in the engine room. There's lots of nooks and crannies they can hide in. Being one of a handful of battleships left on earth, this is a must see. It was a very interesting and extremely unique experience. It was cheap, too. Be sure to say "yes" if they ask you to donate an additional $2. It helps preserve and maintain this precious memorial. If you are in the area, it's worth the visit.
  • This is an incredibly maintained battleship from the second World War. Such a huge piece of naval history and wonderfully restored. As you navigate the upper and lower decks, you can almost feel what it was like to be a sailor on one of these things. If you enjoy learning about history and all things WW2, definitely check this out. You can easily spend a few hours here wondering around each of the decks and rooms of this ship. Truly spectacular!
  • AMAZING!! The self guided tour is amazing. Make sure you wear comfy walking shoes and climb stairs. The restoration is amazing and you get to see so much. Can't wait to see what it looks like after the building entrance is finished. The gentleman on the ship that was in the metal storage room was so nice and great to talk to.
  • This was a genuinely memorable trip. We really just took my son to see the battleship but I found myself more interested than him. Its really eye opening to learn about serving on this ship.
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