USS North Carolina Battleship – Wilmington

Taking advantage of my son’s recent track out from year round school, we decided to make a day trip to Wilmington. At around 2 hours each way depending where you are in the Triangle, it’s easily doable if you don’t have time for a longer stay.

Wilmington offers a number of family friendly activities. Our plan – to visit the USS North Carolina Battleship.

USS North Carolina Wilmington

The Battleship sits across the Cape Fear River from downtown and serves as a memorial to state’s World War II veterans. It is is open for tours daily – 365 days a year. Tours are self-guided and take approximately 2 hours starting in the Exhibit Hall.

Things to know:

  • USS North Carolina WilmingtonThe Battleship is a hands on exhibit. This is perfect for your kids. You don’t have to repeatedly say “no touch!” but instead can relax and enjoy watching them touch & explore everything. They can even pretend to steer the ship and shoot the guns (big kids too – go ahead, you know you want to!).
  • Tours are not stroller accessible. If you are bringing an infant or toddler, I highly recommend a baby carrier to keep them safe and manage the steep stairs with ease. It’s fully doable. I wore our 23lb toddler for nearly the entire tour minus a little freedom on deck.
  • You can skip sections of the tour if you would like. Check the signage as you follow your way through the ship.
  • The Battleship does not have air conditioning so plan to dress accordingly.
  • There are restrooms on the Battleship and in the Visitor’s Center (changing tables).
  • The Visitor’s Center has a small snack room with vending machines and, on the day of our visit, a hot dog vendor was set up in the parking lot around lunch time. Otherwise, plan a picnic or to head elsewhere for a meal. Downtown is an easy drive and offers plenty of selection.

USS North Carolina Wilmington

Whether you’re headed to the Wilmington area for vacation this summer or just looking for entertainment during a day off, add the USS North Carolina to your plans. It’s a worthwhile adventure for the entire family! According to my 6 year old, it’s “epic.”

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