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Battleship North Carolina.

Battleship North Carolina

Field review by the editors.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Built in 1941, this World War II battlewagon sank ships, shot down planes, bombarded beaches, and survived a torpedo hit. This floating museum was America's most decorated battleship of the Pacific Fleet, and now its superstructure may be the tallest edifice in low-rise Wilmington. Nearly everything on board is original, having been left behind by the U.S. Navy. Visitors are encouraged to touch everything on the ship and explore nine of its maze-like fifteen decks, winding through everything from the ice-cream parlor to the sailors' mass bathrooms. The North Carolina is 729 feet long and had a crew of 2,339.

Battleship North Carolina

1 Battleship Rd, Wilmington, NC
West of the city, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. Follow US Hwy 74 to the battleship; look for the signs.
Summer daily 8-8, off-season 8-5. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $14.
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