Visit the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, NC

The USS Battleship NORTH CAROLINA offers a fun, unique experience for families. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, the battleship overlooks the Cape Fear River and beautiful downtown area. This historic ship was the first of ten fast battleships to join American fleet in World World II, and was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon at the time of her commissioning. This historical site was home to many young men from all across the nation during the Second World War.


The self-guided attraction is open every day, including all holidays, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) even named the USS North Carolina Battleship one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast in 2011. Many educational programs are also held throughout the year, and include behind the scenes tours of un-restored parts of the ship. Some of these programs include Hidden Battleship, Behind the Hatch, Design & Damage Control and Power Plant Program. Times and dates for these programs can be found on the battleship’s website.

School groups are encouraged to visit, and one chaperone per ten students is admitted free. (Just be sure to make reservations to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.) Pre-visit materials are also available upon request. Contact the battleship for more information at or call (910) 251-5797. Click here to visit the battleship’s sea stories blog.


Additional Information:


Winter Hours: Tuesday following Labor Day (September 4, 2012) through Thursday before Memorial Day (May 23, 2013): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, EXCEPT Christmas Day when the Ship opens at noon.


Summer Hours: Friday before Memorial Day (May 27, 2013) through Labor Day (September 2, 2013): 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, EXCEPT Independence Day (4th of July) when the ship closes at 6:00pm for enforcement of firework safety zone.


Ticket sales end one hour before closing.




· Adults: 12 and over: $12.00

· Seniors: 65 and over: $10.00

· Military: Active or retired with military ID: $10.00

(Does not include dependents)

· Children: 6 through 11: $6.00

· Children: 5 and under: Free

· Friends of the Battleship Members: Free

Disclosure:  This is a free guest post.  I have visited the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, and loved it.  When they contacted me requesting a sponsored post, I agreed to do one for free for them.  If you are vacationing in the Wilmington, NC area, you need to take your family to see the battleship.  It’s an amazing experience for the whole family.