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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  • We spent two hours exploring the ship and we didn't even cover the whole thing. And outside are walking paths through the marsh and water areas (alligator signs are up, but we didn't see any). I... 
    We spent two hours exploring the ship and we didn't even cover the whole thing. And outside are walking paths through the marsh and water areas (alligator signs are up, but we didn't see any). I...  more »
  • Had a great time touring the ship and sub-levels. Was only disappointed to find that the upper levels were closed due to construction. Highly recommend for adults and children. 
    Had a great time touring the ship and sub-levels. Was only disappointed to find that the upper levels were closed due to construction. Highly recommend for adults and children.  more »
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  • Very cool place to visit. Lots of buttons and knobs for kids to touch and play with. Self guided tour takes you through multiple decks. Visit the mess hall, officers quarters, and even the ships bridge where the captain hung out. Lots of history here!!!! We visited with an 8 year old this time and she had an awesome time. Bring your walking shoes and be prepared to climb up and down steep narrow stairs between decks. I highly recommend this attraction. I will definitely visit again.
  • We visited from out of town and decided to spend our free Saturday here. We are strong supporters of our military and fascinated by military and especially WWII history. The battleship didn't disappoint. Parts of it were under construction and closed to the public but we still had over 3 hours of walking in all parts of the ship. Many signs, stories and lots of helpful information to help you see, feel and smell what life aboard the ship must have been like. The self guided tour was great. The museum building was new and clean and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful too. I highly recommend for families.

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