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Visit the Battleship North Carolina

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

The Battleship North Carolina is a historic landmark located in Wilmington, North Carolina. There are a million things to see and do in Wilmington and that will be a post for another day. So, here's some information about this iconic attraction that is only 3.5 hours away from Charlotte, North Carolina. You will be driving the newer Interstate 74 near Monroe North Carolina, which has tolls. So be prepared to get a bill in the mail, but it is not expensive.

Tips for the Day:

  • In the summer this place is hot, there is not any air conditioning on the 9 levels of the ship, so be prepared, and hydrated. My advice is to get here early in the morning before the heat hits you.

  • Very tight areas to walk in, including stairwells. Just in case you are claustrophobic, and have issues with stairs. There are 9 flights of stairs.


The Battleship North Carolina, also known as BB-55, is a retired battleship that served in the United States Navy during World War II. It was commissioned in 1941 and played a significant role in various Pacific Theater operations. The ship earned 15 battle stars for its service and was decommissioned in 1947. Today, it serves as a museum, preserving its rich history and educating visitors about naval warfare.

Exhibits and Tours:

Visitors to the Battleship North Carolina can explore various exhibits and take self-guided tours to learn about the ship's fascinating history. You'll have the opportunity to see areas such as the bridge, engine room, mess decks, gun turrets, and more. The ship is filled with artifacts and displays that provide insights into the daily life of sailors during wartime.

Interactive Experiences:

The museum offers interactive experiences that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the battleship's history. You can climb up ladders, step into the sailors' bunks, and even sit in the gunner's seat to experience what life was like aboard the ship. These hands-on activities provide a unique and engaging perspective.

Events and Programs: The Battleship North Carolina hosts various events and programs throughout the year. From reenactments and special exhibitions to educational programs for students, there's always something happening at the museum. Check their website or contact them directly to find out about upcoming events during your visit.

Visitor Facilities: The museum provides visitor facilities such as restrooms, a gift shop, and a picnic area for guests to enjoy. There are also knowledgeable staff members available to answer questions and provide additional information about the battleship and its history.

Ticket Prices, Hours, and Food:

Adult- $14




Kids under 5 years old are free

The battleship opens at 8 am but you cannot buy ticket after 4 PM, because you need an hour to explore. You can buy tickets online or at the ship.

Sometimes there are great food trucks located at Battleship North Carolina, check their website to confirm what food trucks will be there the day you plan to visit. Forks-N-Motion is really good. Try the Fork-it-Roll, which is great. Also, I have to mention, being a southern girl and all. They have a fried bologna sandwich that brings back memories. lol

Please note that operating hours, ticket prices, and specific exhibits may vary, so it's advisable to check the official website of the Battleship North Carolina or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information.

I hope you have enjoyed this little blog about Battleship North Carolina. You should definitely check it out and the Wilmington North Carolina area for a vacation, or long weekend.

Cruise Critic

Crystal Travel

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