Ocean Isle Beach has plenty of activities to do all year round!
Address: 21 East Second Street Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
If you think museums are stuffy, quiet places that people visit for research, contemplation, or when there’s nothing else to do, then you haven’t visited North Carolina’s only natural history museum on a barrier island. New exterior murals predict some of the things you’ll see inside the Museum of Coastal Carolina & Ingram Planetarium at Ocean Isle Beach.
Happy, interactive voices are encouraged! One might hear toddlers calling out “Boat, Daddy, boat!” as they climb into the wooden strip boat made here in Brunswick County. Staff and volunteers often hear “Whoa!” when visitors approach the shark jaw exhibit. Carolina residents track their local rivers to the sea and parents teach their young children to keep the beach clean and protect the animals from trash as they pass the Litterbug Hall of Shame.
Admission is all-day and includes programs except as noted.
For nearly 200 years, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy, has marked the mouth of the historic Cape Fear River. Today, thousands of visitors make the exciting journey each year to beautiful BaldHeadIsland to learn about the island’s rich maritime past at the Smith Island Museum of History and experience Old Baldy up close – including the climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area’s outstanding natural beauty.
Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
$5 adult (13 and up); $3 youth (ages 3 -12); 2 and under free
Standing with quiet dignity and majesty across the river from downtown Wilmington, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA beckons visitors to walk her decks and envision daily life as well as fierce combat that her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
From all across the Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the young men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, uniforms, and mementos as you explore the ship and its exhibits.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is open every day of the year, including all holidays, as the ship is a memorial.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) 8:00am - 8:00pm, EXCEPT Independence Day when the ship closes at 6:00pm to prepare for fireworks.
Winter Hours (After Labor Day weekend through Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend) 8:00am - 5:00pm, EXCEPT Christmas Day when the ship opens at noon.
(Please note, ticket sales end one hour before closing)
The tour is self-guided and it is well-marked so that you can tour at your own pace. We recommend allowing at least two hours for the tour. For the enthusiast, it will take three to four hours to fully experience the ship.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a proud reminder of American efforts during what was, arguably, the most significant period in our Country's history in the 20th Century. Bring your family and friends to see where sailors lived and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Adult - 12 and over
Seniors (65 and older)
Military (active duty or retired with military ID card)
Child - 6 through 11
Child - 5 and under
ADA Staff needed to assist - Free (up to 1 per client)
The Battleship gladly accepts Cash, VISA or MasterCard. We do not accept personal checks.