The North Carolina Coast Sights

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial

  • 1 Battleship Rd. off U.S. 74/76 Map It
  • Downtown
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

On the west bank of Cape Fear River, take a self-guided tour of a ship that participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II. Exploring the floating city, with living quarters, a post office, chapel, laundry, and even an ice-cream shop, takes about two hours. A climb down into the ship's interior is not for the claustrophobic. A 10-minute orientation film is shown throughout the day. Don't miss the Independence Day fireworks display that lights up the ship. The ship can be reached by car or by taking the river taxi from Riverfront Park that runs daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends May 1 to Memorial Day and Labor Day to mid-November, at a cost of $4 per person. Visitors with limited mobility can arrange a "back porch" tour with a minimum four weeks' advance notice.

Sight Information


1 Battleship Rd. off U.S. 74/76, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12
  • Memorial Day–Labor Day, daily 8–8; day after Labor Day–late May, daily 8–5

Published 07/23/2015


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