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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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Battleship North Carolina reviews
Out Guide Mike was amazing. It's one thing to tour the Ship BUT totally amazing to have someone tell you the history of the Ship. He showed us the Guns, where they took on incoming fire and what the..... more
Out Guide Mike was amazing. It's one thing to tour the Ship BUT totally amazing to have someone tell you the history of the Ship. He showed us the Guns, where they took on incoming fire and what the..... more »
They let you see so much! I toured another WW2 battleship in NJ but realize now they only let us see a fraction of what can be seen. On THIS self guided tour you can visit the bridge, the engine...
They let you see so much! I toured another WW2 battleship in NJ but realize now they only let us see a fraction of what can be seen. On THIS self guided tour you can visit the bridge, the engine... more »
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the tour of the battleship was really interesting. The engineering that went into the design of the ship was impressive. And, all of it at a time before...
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the tour of the battleship was really interesting. The engineering that went into the design of the ship was impressive. And, all of it at a time before... more »
Great piece of history to tour and see what the greatest generation was apart of. You are able to take tours or go and your own pace. You can feel how cramped a battleship that size is that would hold 2000 people. This is great for young and old to enjoy an hour or more of seeing something amazing in an amazing era of industrial age.
I cannot decide if this is the most massive ship I've ever been on or if the incredible access to everything just makes it seem so. So many decks to explore and I love the way that there is a balance between the military operations and everyday life of the ship. The memories and quotes from the servicemen really bring to life what it was like to live and work on this vessel. We spent 3 hours touring Deck After Deck. Incredible!
One of a kind ship with a great tour route. I've been to several ship museums and this was outstanding. Very well maintained. The upper decks were closed because the mast was being restored but even so the tour route allowed you to wander all through the ship and each compartment was very well displayed. What is cool is that the ship remains primarily in WW2 configuration, and the (I think) Measure 33 camouflage is awesome. I was lucky and got a ticket to view the Azalea festival fireworks from the deck- closest thing to watching a shore bombardment you could get I suppose. Job Well Done to those that served and continue to serve on the ship.
Such an awesome place In Wilmington. Really cool to see a piece of history like this. The tour was very cool with everywhere you go the people give you information about the different parts of the ship and what the sailors and people did on the battleship. The admission wasn’t a bad price and it was a huge ship. So many things to look at. And the battleship shop was cool as well having a lot of different things in it. We bought a navy sticker for my dad who served in the Navy for 4 years.
Outstanding! The Showboat. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. So much technology and history! I have wanted to visit since the first time I saw her crossing the bridge to Wilmington in '95. Why did I wait? I have been on a few museum ships and this is one of the best. Be sure to check out the turret decks and slip into the turret itself too.
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