Guided Tours

The Friends of the Battleship North Carolina provides guided tours of the ship that are available for purchase on most days of the week. 

All guided tours are led by volunteers who have completed a comprehensive battleship training course and have been certified to conduct tours onboard Battleship North Carolina.

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Guided Tours

The Friends of the Battleship North Carolina provides guided tours of the ship that are available for purchase on most days of the week. 

All guided tours are led by volunteers who have completed a comprehensive battleship training course and have been certified to conduct tours onboard Battleship North Carolina.

Tours may be purchased online and are available daily at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tours reserved online must be booked at least 36 hours prior to your visit. 

Tours may be purchased at the ticket window on the day of your visit but are subject to tour guide availability. Tour times can only be guaranteed for tours booked online.

Proceeds from guided tours help the Friends fund programs, acquisitions, and restoration of Battleship North Carolina.

Group Tours

Special tours for groups of 10 or more are also available with prior arrangements. 

For more information email us at grouptours@battleshipncfriends.com

The Showboat Tour

City at Sea Tour

Topside Tour

Big Bang Tour

Fully Guided Experience

The Showboat Tour

Explore 9 levels of the ship from the Main and Secondary Plotting rooms to the Bridge. The tour includes the Engine Room, Turret II Barbette, Main Deck, 2nd and 3rd Decks, and the 1st Platform plus four levels above Main Deck to the 04 Level. This is the tour that will leave you amazed at this powerful engineering marvel. The Full Guided Tour does require going up and down several ladders (stairs) and is not recommended for visitors with mobility issues.

» Tours begin at 9 am, Monday – Saturday.
» This tour is approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours long.
» Online prices include Battleship admission. 

Admission

Adults (12 & older) — $38
► Senior (65 & older) — $34
► Military (Active/Retired w/ ID) — $34
► Children (Ages 6 – 11) — $30
► Children 5 & Under — Free
► Friends of the Battleship Member — $18

Second Deck Experience

City at Sea Tour

See what it was like aboard a floating city! 2,300 sailors and officers lived and worked aboard this floating city at sea. The tour includes living spaces, sick bay, mess decks, ship’s stores, barber shop, enlisted and officer galleys, and so much more. Go back in time and live the experience!

» Tours begin at 9 am & 11 am daily.
» This tour is approximately 90 minutes long.
» Online prices include Battleship admission.

Admission

Adults (12 & older) — $26
► Senior (65 & older) — $22
► Military (Active/Retired w/ ID) — $22
► Children (Ages 6 – 11) — $18
► Children 5 & Under — Free
► Friends of the Battleship Member — $9

Above Deck Experience

(For those with limited mobility)

Topside Tour

There is plenty to discover on the Topside Tour! Learn about the Battleship’s history, operations, armament, equipment, and life at sea. You will tour the Main Deck and up 4 levels to the Pilot House (Bridge). Along the way, you will learn about the Admiral’s Cabin, Combat Information Center, and Signal Bridge. In the event of inclement weather, a portion of this tour may be moved inside the Ship. This tour requires going up and down several ship ladders (stairs).

» Tours begin at 9 am & 11 am daily.
» This tour is approximately 90 minutes long.
» Online prices include Battleship admission.

Admission

Adults (12 & older) — $26
► Senior (65 & older) — $22
► Military (Active/Retired w/ ID) — $22
► Children (Ages 6 – 11) — $18
► Children 5 & Under — Free
► Friends of the Battleship Member — $9

Tour the Battleship’s Gun Systems

Big Bang Tour

This tour is an overview that focuses on the Battleship’s 16-inch and 5-inch gun systems. You will have the opportunity to follow the general procedure for firing the guns, from target identification and acquisition in the Combat Information Center and fire control directors to the development of the fire control solution in Main and Secondary Battery Plot. A visit to the powder magazines, projectiles handling space, and the gun house completes the process that ended with a REALLY big bang. The Big Bang Tour does require going up and down several ladders (stairs) and is not recommended for visitors with mobility issues. 

» Big Bang Tours are available only on Saturdays with reservations.
» This tour is approximately 3 hours long.
» Online prices include Battleship admission.
» Each tour is limited to 6 participants.

Admission

Adults (12 & older) — $32
► Senior (65 & older) — $28
► Military (Active/Retired w/ ID) — $28
► Children (Ages 6 – 11) — $24
► Children 5 & Under — Free
► Friends of the Battleship Member — $13.50