Today through Wednesday, Sept. 23, visitors to the Battleship will likely notice some temporary changes to the tour route. Some areas may be closed off and you might notice a more festive, holiday look. We’re sharing the Ship and apologize for the inconvenience!

If there’s a specific area of the Battleship you were hoping to see on your visit during these days, please check ahead that it will be available.

Under Phase 2.5 of Governor Cooper’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the Battleship will welcome visitors to the full public tour route starting Saturday, September 5.

Procedures remain in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including

  • Offering only self-guided tours of the full public tour route.
  • Requiring visitors to wear a cloth mask over their nose and mouth. Non-medical masks, bandanas or scarves may be worn.
  • Limiting the number of visitors allowed in the gift shop and closing the visitors center.
  • Welcoming only non-cash (credit card) payments.
  • Providing hand sanitizer and hand-washing facilities.
  • Cleaning high-touch public areas and restrooms frequently.
  • Using protective barriers at sales desks.

Adult admission will be $14, with visitors offered the group, child, military or ADA rate as applicable.

Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, last ticket sold at 4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth mask over your nose and mouth; WAIT at least six feet apart and avoid close contact; and WASH your hands or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

We appreciate your cooperation to protect our employees and other guests.

Keep up to date with our plans by checking back here or following us on social media. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a teacher or a student, a veteran or novice or just plain curious, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA offers an incredible experience for everyone!

To see what is planned at the Battleship, please see our Calendar of Events.


The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a self-guided tour. Follow the arrows and enjoy climbing ladders to explore. Make sure to bring your camera, but hold onto to it along with your cell phones and sunglasses!

The Ship is huge and not air conditioned, so be prepared to savor her as the sailors did.

Visitors spend about 2 hours touring, on average, but many visitors stay longer. It is up to you and how much you would like to discover! The Ship is yours for the day!

Click to get directions, access related links and get information on our hours & ticketing.


Visitor Safety Information: No running. Maintain control of children at all times. Flat, soft-sole shoes recommended. Watch where you step at all times. Stay on the tour route at all times -- Obey all signs. Pace yourself and stay hydrated. Use two hands on rails while climbing stairs. Use each step on stairs -- No jumping or sliding on rails. Do not lean over the side of the ship. Stay inside the ship during severe weather and lightning. Do not tour while under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Beware of alligators and other wildlife. It is against the law to swim, fish or disturb wildlife on historic state property. Report any dangers to Battleship staff.


Safety is our number one concern for our visitors. We have provided hand rails and non-slip tape but your choice in footwear is key in keeping you safe. Good footwear = flat, soft sole shoes such as athletic shoes, boat shoes or moccasins. Bad footwear = flip flops, flatform shoes or heels of any kind, including the small heel common on men's dress shoes and loafers.



Around 30,000 North Carolinians own and operate drones for personal and recreational use, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation, but drones can be dangerous to others and to the Ship if not operated properly.

The Drone/Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) policy for flying over or around the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA property is simple:

  1. Follow the federal (FAA) and NC state laws;
  2. Never endanger or harass visitors or staff of the Battleship with your drone;
  3. Never operate a drone in a way that could damage the Battleship or surrounding property; and
  4. All drones must land and take off from the park – never the decks of the Battleship.

Please read the full Battleship policy for Drone/UAS use here.

The NC Department of Transportation also offers tips for safe and legal drone use.

We wish all a very safe and memorable visit to the Battleship North Carolina Memorial. So, if you’re contemplating flying a drone here, please do so safely and legally, or leave the flying to the licensed pilots. Wonderful aerial pictures of the Battleship are available in the Battleship gift shop. Enjoy your visit!