The best way to experience Pearl Harbor-and not miss a thing-is to make a day of it. It is possible to visit all four of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in a span of roughly 8 hours, with an incredible amount to see and lots of family-friendly places to grab a bite to eat. Here are a few things to keep in mind while planning your trip.
Pearl Harbor is an active military base. For security reasons, bags are not permitted at any of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. For a $4 fee, visitors may store backpacks, purses, diaper bags, and shopping bags at the baggage storage area at USS Bowfin Park.
Tickets for all four attractions are available at the Visitor Center ticketing counters.
Admission to Arizona Memorial is free. Time-stamped tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to arrive early. Pearl Harbor is the number one visitor destination on Oahu, so be prepared for a wait, as much as two hours or more on a busy day. (It is possible to pre-purchase tickets in advance for $1.50 each at www.nps.gov.) The entire program lasts an hour and 15 minutes and includes a 23-minute documentary on the history of Pearl Harbor and a short boat ride to and from the memorial.
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is conveniently located near the Visitor Center ticketing counters. Climb aboard USS Bowfin for a close quarters look at life aboard a WWII-era submarine, and stroll among the many fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits in the Pacific Submarine Museum. Allow about an hour to get the most out of your visit.
Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor are both located on Ford Island and are only accessible to the general public via the shuttle buses which depart from the Visitor Center every 15 minutes. The last shuttle back to the Visitor Center leaves at 5:00 p.m. from Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
Visitors with a valid military ID or contractors’ permit are able to access Ford Island directly.
Guided tours of USS Missouri last anywhere between a half an hour and two hours, or explore the ship at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour that takes you above and below the decks of America’s mightiest battleship.
Visitors to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor can expect to spend two hours or more as they view the battle-damaged airfield and control tower of historic Ford Island before setting foot inside the two WWII-era hangars that house the museum’s impressive collection of vintage aircraft.
We want you to have a good time and take advantage of everything Pearl Harbor has to often. Please keep track of time as the last trolley departs Pearl Harbor for Waikiki at 4:18 PM.