USS North Carolina Battleship

USS North Carolina Battleship

As I said before when I posted about our trip to Fort Macon State Park, I love history and love visiting historical marks whenever possible, wherever I am.

USS North Carolina Battleship is no exception, and I was lucky enough to be able to take the kids with us and watch them learn and experience the history firsthand.

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.

Battleship North Carolina

This is a self-guided tour, which is perfect for those that wish to take in everything this historical monument has to offer. It’s recommended to set aside 2 hours for this, but I believe we were there for just over 3 hours, and I still feel like we rushed it.

There is a fee for this, so be sure to check the website for the latest information. It’s fairly inexpensive though.

The kids did enjoy this and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind going back sometime in the future.

I still find North Carolina history more fascinating that Ohio history, but I’m probably biased due to being raised in the south.

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Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park

I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.

It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few years ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.

Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort—once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.

North Carolina State Parks

We visited the fort around 9am on a Saturday, where there wasn’t anyone else and we could take our time without being interrupted or feel rushed. The air was cool but with the sun out, it felt much warmer than it really was.

There isn’t too much to the fort in terms of ‘hours of entertainment’, but the history behind it is fascinating and well worth the visit. The view of the ocean isn’t bad, either. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever down that way.

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