Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington
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 .
Battleship North Carolina Reviews
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 »
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.
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