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USS Arizona Memorial

There is a reason the USS Arizona Memorial is the number one visitor destination in Hawaii.

Millions of people from all over the world come to this majestic setting to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941.

The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year from all over the world. Visitors are free to explore the grounds of the $65 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which was expanded from the original 3 to 17 acres, in December of 2011.

Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service and is open daily from 7am to 5pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Parking is free to all visitors.

The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when their ship was bombed by Japanese Naval Forces. This loss of life represents over half of the Americans killed during the worst naval disaster in American history.

USS Arizona Tickets and Tours

The National Park Service (NPS) offers daily tours (programs) that include a movie about the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and a boat ride to the Arizona Memorial. These tours start every 15 minutes with the first starting at 7:30 am and the last at 3:00 pm. Tours last approximately 75 minutes from the time you step into the movie theater.

How to Make a Reservation: - The NPS offers approximately 25% of their program tickets to be reserved by the general public online via their website www.recreation.gov. They are offered as follows:

  • 2 months before program date – (This can vary a few days due to some months being more or less than 30 days long) At 7:00 am Hawaii Standard Time 300 tickets are made available for reservations. These can go pretty quickly depending on the season so it’s best to plan early if you want to get these. There is a $1.00 service fee for each reserved ticket.
  • The day before – At 7:00 am Hawaii Standard Time 500 tickets are made available for reservations. These frequently go even faster depending on the season, so be prepared to make your reservations as soon as possible after 7:00. There is a $1.00 service fee for each reserved ticket.
  • Reserve your tickets at Recreation.gov -

How to Get Walk-up Tickets at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center: - Everyday, the NPS offers approximately 1300 of their program tickets for that day to walk-up visitors. The visitor center opens its gates at 7:00 am and gives these tickets away on a first come – first served basis. During peak seasons (mid-June through mid-August and the last two weeks of December) all the walk-up tickets are given out each day, so you must arrive early to get a ticket. The rest of the year there are usually plenty of tickets available but if you want to have your choice of program times, it’s best to show up early.

Other Ways to get Tickets: - There are a number of tour companies that are authorized by the NPS to bring tour groups to the Arizona Memorial. These are tour companies that pick their visitors up from Waikiki or other resort areas and bring them to Pearl Harbor. These tour companies have reserved program tickets and give them to their guests. The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites have contracted with a few of our most trusted tour company partners and made their tickets available on our website.

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