Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington
(4.7/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Battleship NORTH CAROLINA on your trip to Wilmington, use our Wilmington trip itinerary builder.
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  • I would recommend this tour. We went with our college-aged children. It was a great history lesson. There is a lot to see. Give yourself several hours. 
  • Visit the Battleship NC to get an idea of what it was like to live and serve on a battleship during WW2. You get to see living quarters, work areas, the bridge, gun turrets, and the beautiful mahogany...  more »
  • Outstanding preserved ship. Self-guided tour. My favorite part was the many crew recollections. Perfect compliment to the standard factual placards. A must see memorial. One caution is the many sets o...  more »
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  • Such an amazing and awe inspiring tour. They say it should take 2hrs, but unless you're really hurrying, I'm not sure how it could take that short amount of time. We did go slowly, but we were there for about 4.5hrs. Lots of climbing and walking. The ship is huge and you get to see a good amount of it, so do be prepared for that. Really incredible. Highly recommend!
  • My son and I enjoyed returning to the Old Girl. Incredible piece of History and I'm glad they saved it. The men who served on that ship were impressive. Wife and daughter rode the ferry across the river for a pleasant shopping trip while the boys looked at the ship. It's a great way to spend an afternoon while in the Wilmington/Myrtle Beach area.
  • Absolutely worth the visit! This ship has been meticulously restored and the self guided tour is one of the best ways to personally step back in time to WW2. Make sure you get there early; our visit lasted 3 hours and we still didn't get to see the whole ship because they were closing. Next time I'm in Wilmington, I will definitely be devoting an entire day to come back and explore again.
  • Amazing. One of the best historical places I have visited. Kids loved it. Very good price. Military discount.
  • This was an amazing place and really made me consider what it'd have been like to be aboard the ship. The self guided tour does get a little confusing at times but it is well marked. The walk through the ship is somewhat restricted and there are many very steep stairs to take from floor to floor in the ship. I highly recommend this as a stop for anyone interested in WW2 or Navy history.