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Battleship

Take a tour of the lead ship of North Carolina-class battleships and learn about U.S. Navy history in a unique and adventurous way. 

See Battleship North Carolina, the third U.S. Navy warship to be named in honor of the State of North Carolina and now serving as a memorial in Wilmington. With a number of programs and tours available, visiting the warship is an exciting way to learn about life in the U.S. Navy and World War II history.

Book a self-guided tour of the battleship with a Behind the Hatch program. Work your way up from the inner bottom to the fire control tower at the top. Explore the vast network of rooms, the mess, the bridge and other sections of this impressive warship. The Behind the Hatch program is a great way to focus on sections of the ship that interest you the most.

Wander the warship and learn how the crew confronts survivability issues with the Damage Control program. Discover how the crew keeps the ship afloat in moments of crisis, such as the Japanese submarine torpedo attack on September 15, 1942.

Take on the Firepower Program and see the warship’s 16-inch (40.6-centimeter) and 5-inch (12.77-centimeter) guns. Learn about the ammunition loading compartments and other weapons systems onboard. From radar to optical range finders, the presenters will educate you on how the warship operated in various wartime maneuvers.

Embark on the 4-hour Hidden Battleship tour for the true adventurer. Explore the bow where you will discover the officers’ country and boatswain locker. See the torpedo area and the engineer’s office on the third deck. Enter Radio II for a lesson from the Azalea Coast Radio Club on the ship’s transmitters.

The warship also offers a Back Porch Tour for visitors with limited mobility or those who would rather learn about the ship from the comfort of the visitor center. Admission fees depend on the experience you wish to have. Explore the ship year-round, including all holidays. Use free parking next to the memorial or take the water taxi across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington.

Stop at the visitor center at the Battleship North Carolina to plan your adventure aboard this remarkable U.S. Navy warship.


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Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront £134
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Riverwalk, this hotel is steps away from Wilmington Railroad Museum and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

    Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton £144
    Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

    Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

    301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Wilmington Historic District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Cotton Exchange and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

      Best Western Plus Coastline Inn £117
      Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

      Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

      503 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Wilmington Historic District, this hotel is steps away from Wilmington Railroad Museum, Wilmington Convention Center and Cape Fear Community College. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts and Cape Fear Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District £141
        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

        229 North 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Wilmington Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cotton Exchange and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

          Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown £126
          Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

          Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

          225 Grace St, Wilmington, NC
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Wilmington Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington Convention Center and Children's Museum of Wilmington. Battleship North Carolina and Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            ARRIVE Wilmington £149
            ARRIVE Wilmington

            ARRIVE Wilmington

            101 S. Second St., Wilmington, NC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Wilmington Historic District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of Wilmington and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

              Water Street Retreats £165
              Water Street Retreats

              Water Street Retreats

              106 N. Water St., Wilmington, NC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Wilmington Historic District, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of City Stage Theatre and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

                Inviting Downtown Riverview W/ Balcony 1 Bedroom Condo
                Inviting Downtown Riverview W/ Balcony 1 Bedroom Condo

                Inviting Downtown Riverview W/ Balcony 1 Bedroom Condo

                106 N Water St, 901, Wilmington, NC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Wilmington Historic District, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of City Stage Theatre and Wilmington Convention Center. Battleship North Carolina is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.