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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 $130
Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington, NC
     
    4.4 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Love the rooftop deck; beautiful views!! All staff very helpful.

    Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown $116
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    Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

    Hampton Inn by Hilton Wilmington Downtown

    225 Grace St, Wilmington, NC
       
      4.6 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Hotel was clean/updated and staff was friendly :)

      Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton $142
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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      Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

      Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

      301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        I like the fact the hotel is full service and the staff are very professional. Location is great as there are shops on walking distance. Other attractions are a short drive.

        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District $121
        Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
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        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

        Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

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          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          I loved the employees attitude and willingness to make suggestions and help assist me with directions. I wasn’t happy with the fact the rooms have refrigerators but have to go to the lobby for microwave

          Best Western Plus Coastline Inn $118
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          Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

          Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

          503 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC
             
            4.3 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            We liked the location, and the staff friendliness. We didn’t like the smaller size of the room, and the cigarette smell in the stairwell.

            Riverview Suites $119
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            Riverview Suites

            Riverview Suites

            106 N Water St, Wilmington, NC
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Location was wonderful, and condo was great! Check in was located at the hotel and we weren't informed about different location. Took us a bit to figure it out

              Water Street Retreats $146
              Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019
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              Water Street Retreats

              Water Street Retreats

              106 N. Water St., Wilmington, NC
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0

                We loved the view of the river and battleship from our room. I couldn't get comfortable at all on the couch and a decent chair would be a great help, if there is room. My only disappointment was that there was no Stevia or Sweet n Low for the coffee. I'm diabetic so the sugar was not for me. However ...

                Graystone Inn $179
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                Graystone Inn

                Graystone Inn

                100 S 3rd St, Wilmington, NC
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Great location, comfortable room,and friendly staff.