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Battleship North Carolina

Constructed in 1937, North Carolina was the first battleship to be built in 16 years. After fighting in World War II and earning 15 battle stars, the ship was decommissioned in 1947. She was placed in Bayonne, New Jersey for 14 years, then in 1958 when news of her impending scrapping spread, the state of North Carolina started a “Save Our Ship” campaign to get her put back into her home state, and now serves as a World War II memorial to the veterans and North Carolinians who died during the war.

The Battleship North Carolina is open all year long, including holidays. The summer hours are (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 8am-8pm, excluding Independence Day (8am-5pm). Labor Day-Memorial Day (winter hours) are 8am-5pm, excluding Christmas Day (8am-12pm). Tickets will cease to be sold one hour before closing to give you plenty of time. The self-guided tour is approximated to last 2 hours, but you can view at your own pace. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military (active or retired), and $6 for children.

Have mobility trouble? The Back Porch Tour is designed for seniors who are not able to get through the tight spaces and staircases of the ship. The tour lasts about one hour and begins with an introductory video in the Visitor Center Auditorium followed by a guided tour of the Exhibit Hall. Then proceed to the Ship’s Observation Deck where you can sit and look at the Ship while engaging with a guide who will discuss the Battleship North Carolina. The cost of this tour is $50 and must be booked a month in advance. It is only available October to mid-May.

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