Plan Your Visit
Pearl Harbor is one of the most historic locations in the United States and offers four very distinct destinations. Each as compelling as the next and none that you'd want to miss!
While it's possible to visit all four of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in roughly 6 hours, the best way to experience Pearl Harbor - and not miss a thing - is to make a full day of it. There's an incredible amount to see and do 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.
A National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor is also an active military base. For security reasons, bags are not permitted at any of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. For a $4 per bag fee, visitors may store backpacks, purses, luggage, and shopping bags at the baggage storage area located in the front of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Parking and admission to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is free.
Tickets for all four attractions are available at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites ticketing counters, located in the courtyard of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Open daily from 7:00am to 4:00pm (Student groups and military rates are available).
Admission to Arizona Memorial is free. 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.
Reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial are available at recreation.gov and tour times are offered every 15 minutes from 7:30am to 3:00pm. If you have reservations for these tickets, you are required to pick them up at the National Park Services’ ticket counter at least 1 hour before ticket time. In addition, there are 1,300 free tickets given out each day on a first-come, first-served basis; gates open at 7:00am.
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is conveniently located within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. 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 air field 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.Watch the National Park Service Welcome Video for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center here.