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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  • Went expecting to see everything in a couple of hours. My friend and I spent over four hours following the very well designed tour. It is a great ship and we enjoyed it a lot. Not for anyone who...  more »
  • Make this a priority place to visit while in Wilmington, NC. This battleship is an amazing structure and a piece WWII history. My father-in-law, Paul W. lived on this ship for over 5 years and...  more »
  • 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, 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.

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