We had a great time at the USS NC. We visited May 9, 2008.
The admission was reasonable and the self-guided tour took us about 2 hours and that was moving at a very fast pace. We would have liked to stay longer but we had to get on the road to head back to Tennessee. Also, my 2 year old was throwing fits which made the tour stressful to say the least.
1. I recommend going in the very early morning hours when the battleship opens for business or going in the spring/fall when it isn't very hot because the areas below deck get very hot/humid/stagnant. There are a few fans blowing here and there but it's only May and already was pretty hot. We were sweating.
2. This tour would be next to impossible for a handicapped person. The "stairs" inside the ship are more like ladders that go almost straight up and down. My 8 year old has some motor skills issues and my husband had to help her up and down. My 2 year old had to be carried up and down. The main deck would be accessible by wheelchair/stroller/etc, but not the inside of the ship.
3. There are restrooms in the welcome center, outside the gift shop, and 1 inside the ship about 1/2 way through the tour. Plan your bathroom visits especially if you have small kids with you.
We had a great time and I would have loved to stay longer and read all the information, ponder over every detail, etc. My grandfather was in WW2 in the Navy so it was VERY interesting to see what his life was like back then. It's almost eerie....you just feel like you are almost "there" with them in battle.
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