A May 2007 trip
to North Carolina by lharri
Quote: North Carolina for a week was to be the conclusion to our 2007 spring vacation before heading home, visiting New Bern, Wilmington, and Morehead City.
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Hotel | "Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites "
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Fairfield Inn by Marriott Jacksonville
121 Circuit Lane
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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202-206 Middle Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
Union Point Park
210 East Front Street
New Bern, North Carolina
A day trip during our stay in North Carolina was to the USS NC Battleship. We do enjoy walking through these decommissioned floating cities and imagining what it would have been like to live on board for months at a time. The site for the memorial is off the beaten path on what is referred to as Eagle Island, but with a view of the city from the waterway. The afternoon we were there they were cordoning off a section topside for a company outing. The battleship can be rented (so to speak) for group adventures from children to adults. There are several areas depending on your group size, etc. They are also hosts to military re-enlistments, retirements, memorials, etc.
We opted for the self-guided tour. The self-guided tour of this authentically restored World War II ship is well-marked so that you can tour at your own pace and it takes approximately two hours to complete. They tell us that for the enthusiast, it can easily take three to four hours to fully experience the ship, particularly with the extensive interpretive signs throughout the ship. Additionally, even the physically challenged can enjoy many things about the ship. Part of the Phase III Restoration Project will increase the accessibility to most of the interior main deck spaces and exhibit areas. After the tour you can also enjoy their own Pepsi-Cola Canteen (a vending area with tables indoors out of the heat and humidity) and the Ship's Store (which has a good variety of historical and more whimsical souvenirs) or enjoy a picnic in Battleship Park on the Cape Fear River overlooking historic downtown Wilmington.
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610 Pollock Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28562