Places to Visit on Oahu- Pearl Harbor

If you visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu, there are some great tourist stops. One is historic Pearl Harbor. My husband and I were there just this past week while we were in Hawaii celebrating our 25th anniversary.

USS Arizona memorial. You are brought to this remembrance site by boat.

Admission is free, but no bags or purses are allowed inside unless they are completely see-through. There is a holding place for bags just outside the entrance (for a small cash fee). There are walk-through exhibits which are free and give a detailed history of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as the attack itself. For a charge, there are headsets available with audio tours.

Inside the USS Arizona memorial.

The USS Arizona memorial is also free, but requires a ticket for each party member as only a certain amount of people are allowed at one time. We reserved our tickets, with a specific time slot, the day before. This tour begins with a film just over twenty minutes.

Inside the memorial is a wall with the names of those who died on board the USS Arizona.
Oil leaking out from the USS Arizona
Part of the USS Arizona sticking out of the water.

Guests visiting this special memorial are encouraged to do so quietly, in a spirit of respect to those it honors. This is a time of remembrance and reflection.

View of the USS Bowfin submarine

Other attractions have separate admission prices, such as the USS Missouri and the USS Bowfin submarine, and also the Pacific Aviation museum. We have been to all three, but this time we only toured the USS Missouri. We arrived there by shuttle bus and there was a ramp for those who have trouble managing a lot of stairs

This banner was over part of the ramp.
On board the USS Missouri
It was aboard the USS Missouri where Japan formally surrendered.

If you get the chance to visit beautiful Oahu, make sure you stop at Pearl Harbor for a day.


11 thoughts on “Places to Visit on Oahu- Pearl Harbor

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  4. Someday I hope to be able to visit Pearl Harbor. It’s such an immense part of our history that I wish everyone could see it! Thank you for sharing the images. And God bless all our troops from all our conflicts.

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