In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, December 1, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy”. That was the day when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Oahu. As a result, it remains the most popular attraction on the island to this day. There are many memorials, exhibits, and other historic sites to explore at Pearl Harbor. One of the most popular ones is the USS Arizona Memorial which sits above the great battleship in its waterbed. The site is dedicated to the 1,177 sailors and marines who lost their lives on the ship. The USS Arizona Memorial tour starts with the showing of a 23-minute documentary at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. This is followed by a boat ride to the memorial.
Tip: The USS Arizona Memorial tour is free for walk-in tourists. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. This means queues can get very long, so try and be there early if you don’t want to book and pay for a ticket online in advance.
Two other ships dating to World War 11 are the USS Missouri Battleship and the USS Bowfin Submarine. You get the chance to walk inside them and see what life was like for the sailors and marines.
Tickets for all four Pearl Harbor attractions (USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor are available at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites ticketing counters in the courtyard of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
They are open daily from 7am to 4pm. Find the full list of prices here.