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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

11 Arizona Memorial Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96818-3104
808-423-1341
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Ranked #8 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Military Museums
Activities: Walking
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Clovis, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This fairly small submarine was used in WWII and has some truly interesting things to see and experience. The kids will love seeing the guns mounted to the deck and how small the living quarters were for the men that lived in this vessel for months at a time. If you missed it on your first trip to Pearl Harbor,... More

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great tour of the submarine...enjoyed my husband being my personal tour guide. Plan your trip over to the Memorial before you go to the sub, otherwise go and enjoy the picture ops and history of this attraction!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We toured the Bowfin while waiting for our USS Arizona tour time. I was pleasantly surprised at this interesting exhibit. It was pretty much self-paced with handheld audio guides provided that gave a lot of interesting facts. The submarine itself was fascinating - definitely tight quarters. I can't imagine sleeping among the torpedos! Worth the time!

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Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The USS Bowfin Submarine tour and the museum are a good bargain and an educational treat. The self guided (with added audio explanations) tour takes you through 80% of the sub - from the torpedo room in the bow, through the sleeping arrangement, the showers, the kitchen, control room, officers quarters till you reach the aft torpedo room. It's duty... More

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Titirangi, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We are a family of four including 2 teenagers. We found the whole area here incredibly interesting. The boys really enjoyed the weapons and machinery, and I enjoyed the historical aspects. Very hot during the day and you need to leave your gear outside in the $3 lockers, so take your cash for food and drink. Lots of water fountains... More

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Connecticut
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was worth the extra cost to tour the inside of this amazing submarine. It is something how the men of the Bowfin were able to do what they did in such tight quarters. It was a fascinating experience. We toured the captured german U-505 in Chicago and it was interesting to see the contrast between the WWII underwater combatants.

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Since the USS Missouri was too expensive at $25/person for our family of 5, we opted for the Bowfin Sub, which was cool to walk thru - a great history lesson for the kids, & great to take photos of. We also enjoyed walking around up on the deck & looking thru the telescopes. The admission was $15/person, but at... More

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Fort Knox, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

You have to come to Pearl Harbor. Every trip I make to Hawaii, I stop in. If you are a history buff, this is the place for you. Kids will love it too.

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Sydney
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Definitely do the whole Pearl Harbour experience on your own, meaning not as part of a tour group as you need nearly a full day to appreciate it. The history of all the submarines is fascinating and worth the trip.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Interesting tour which you can do at your own pace. But it is submarine so it is not for everyone. You get headphones which assist greatly and assist the experience.

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