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“Great attraction!”

Battleship North Carolina
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: As you walk the decks of the NORTH CAROLINA, imagine yourself in the South Pacific during WWII searching the sky for enemy aircraft, anticipating what may happen next. Step aboard the most decorated US Battleship of WWII! Explore nine decks, crew's quarters, gun turrets, and much more. Discover where history comes alive. Located at the junctions of highways 17, 76, 74, 421 on the Cape Fear River across from historic downtown Wilmington. Open every day!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We loved this attraction in Wilmington!! Our kids ages 10 & 13 loved it as well! A must see! A lot of history here and it will give you an entire new appreciation for the men and women who serve our great Country!
Loved the Operating room, dentist, kitchen and living quarters that the sailors used while on board this huge battleship. You can climb many of the decks and go below deck. Be advised that it is not air conditioned, so if you go in the summer it will be very warm inside the boat!!

Thank Autumn L
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

As a Girl Scout nearly 35 years ago, our troop traveled to Wilmington and toured the USS North Carolina. I was in town this week on business, and our conference sponsors hosted a reception on deck and we got to tour the ship. I am so appreciative for this opportunity.

Great attraction for its historical relevance, whether it is WWII or US Navy history. Very solemn memorial to those North Carolinians who gave their life. There are several "exhibits" within the ship, to give a very real glimpse as to the men's daily existence. When I saw their living quarters, I could not imagine spending months at sea in such cramped quarters (and with beds which looked soooo uncomfortable).

To see a silver tea service from the General Assembly on behalf of the state's residents was a suprise (somehow, it was the last thing I expected to see on a ship).

Based on warning signs and tour signs, there are alligators in the waters nearby. I did not see any, but it may be a fun activity for families to try and spot one.

There is a gift shop on site and vending machines, as well as ample parking.

We rode the water taxi over, which was ultra convenient from our riverfront hotel. While waiting for the water taxi for our return trip, we were able to see dozens of live crabs on the mud and marsh at the deck, so it is also a good way for kids to see marine creatures.

Great scenic views go the Historic District from the deck of the ship.

Great attraction for families with kids, adults, school/youth groups, senior trips. However, the ramp to climb on deck may be too much for seniors, the mobility challenged, or persons with disabilities.

Thank carolinasunshine13
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband did the Battleship. You start with a 15 min movie and pass thru a memorial section of each ship that has been named the North Carolina and then you enter the battleship. The tour is self guided with clear markers. It is a very detailed tour averaging roughly 2 hours. Be prepared for narrow spaces, lots of stairs, and lots of walking. There is no AC on the ship, only fans blowing in outside air. It is an endurance walk on a hot day. There are beverages available and a gift shop.

Thank Traveler0582
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It was a lot of stairs up and down with no one telling you which way to go until you went downstairs then there were yellow arrows. Don not go in the rain because it is outside and not above 95 degrees it is HOT inside the boat service areas. Neat though seeing all the different rooms and things that were in such a battle ship.

Thank sarajo71
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a self guided tour of the Battleship North Carolina which was in service during WWII. On this tour, you pretty much have free range to explore the ship and there are lots of informational plaques throughout. You can follow the arrows on the suggested tour or explore on your own. It was very hot on the day that we went so I would bring lots of water. If you find this sort of thing interesting, I would plan on a good 3-4 hours. Well worth it.

Thank Trevor D
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