A must for any first time visitor to Oahu, is a trip to Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. What many repeat visitors may not realize is that there have been many changes, all for the good, at Pearl Harbor in recent years.
The old, cramped and deteriorating visitor center been replaced by a spacious facility that allows the National Park to display much more about the Memorial and the history of the area and its involvement in World War II.
The USS Missouri, USS Bowfin Submarine and the, relatively new, Pacific Aviation Museum are all part of an organization known as the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites have launched three new "Pearl Harbor Half-Day Tours," which allow visitors to see more for less money. Starting at just $15 for adults ($11 for children 4-12), these packages allow visitors to experience the USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour along with a tour of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine or the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
The 'Pearl Harbor Half-Day Tours' options include:
- USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour / USS Bowfin Submarine Tour - $15 for adults and $11 for children (4-12)
- USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour / Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Tour - $24 for adults and $17 for children (4-12)
- USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour / Battleship Missouri Memorial Tour - $27.50 for adults and $17 for children (4-12)
But, that's not all. The option I really like is that for those looking for the complete Pearl Harbor experience, the "Passport to Pearl Harbor" offers one-day access to all four historic sites for only $55 per adult and $30 per child. For those who need a little more time, Two-day Passports are also available for only $10 more. Two-day Passport holders can return to Pearl Harbor within seven days of their initial visit at no additional charge.
To find our more about these packages or to book your reservation before you fly to Hawaii, visit PearlHarborHistoricSites.org or call 1-877-444-6777.
For additional information about the history of the area, the historic sites and to view plenty of photos, visit our feature Before You Visit Pearl Harbor.