South Charlotte

Battleship serves up war history

USS North Carolina Battleship

1 Battleship Road, Wilmington. 910-251-5797.

Hours: The Battleship North Carolina is open every day of the year, including holidays, because the ship serves as a memorial. Through Labor Day, the ship is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Activities: The USS North Carolina was once considered the world's greatest sea weapon and became the first of 10 fast battleships to join America fleet in World War II. Today, guests can step onto the wartime memorial and see what life was like for the 144 commissioned officers and 2,195 enlisted men who once called the USS North Carolina home. With her keel laid on Oct. 27, 1937, the USS North Carolina was first launched June 13, 1940. Visitors to the memorial will have the opportunity to explore the 728-foot ship and discover the history and missions of the World War II battleship. On Aug. 13, visitors can attend The Blue and Gray Navies event 9 a.m.-6 p.m. During the event, members of the Carolina Living History Guild will set up displays to highlight the history of the USS North Carolina. Participants will be able to see reproductions of period small arms, working models of steam engines, naval ordnance and uniforms.

Cost: Adults ages 12 and older, $12; seniors 65 and older and those with active or retired military ID, $10; children ages 6-11, $6; and children younger than 5 and battleship members are free.

Target audience: All ages.

Directions: I-74 E. Continue onto U.S. 74 E./U.S. 76 E./Andrew Jackson Highway. Exit onto N.C. 133 N./U.S. 17 N./U.S. 421 N./U.S. 74 E. toward U.S. 17 N./U.S. 74 E./Jacksonville/Wrightsville Beach/Clinton/I-140. Turn right onto USS North Carolina Road. Take the first right onto Battleship Road N.E. Destination will be on the left.

Travel time from Charlotte: About three hours and 30 minutes.