USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial
4.5
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The most visited spot in Hawaii, this majestic floating memorial honors those who died during the WWII Pearl Harbor attack.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GrumpyandtheOldLady
    New York City, New York608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure to go to Recreation.gov and get your ferry shuttle reservations before you go
    Unbelievable and sobering. Due to a change in our schedule, we had to change the date of our visit and no longer had reservations for the ferry shuttle to the memorial. We arrived early and immediately got in line of the standby land. We were able to get on the second shuttle of the day. One of our children was temporarily in a wheelchair due to an injury and the crew could not be more accommodating. This is an absolute must see when visiting Pearl Harbor. Remember to go onto Recreation.gov well prior to your visit to try to get a reservation for the USS Arizona Memorial ferry shuttle. If you aren't lucky enough to get a reservation prior, go early to the park and get into the standby line before it gets crazy long.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Laura S
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reservations needed
    You cannot skip visiting the museum and Arizona memorial. We were there on a sunny morning, and it felt as if you could see the bombers coming in. Tragic and inspiring. The museum is well done and will take a good amount of time. It is WELL worth your time.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • TravelFun7
    Bloomington, Illinois83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in Oahu
    Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial had been on my bucket list since elementary school (I'm in my 40s now). It was a very humbling experience being able to visit Hawaii with my family including my two children ages 14 and 10. Many displays and information, we learned a lot from the museum right outside the area where we boarded the boat to visit the Arizona. After that, we watched a brief approximately 20 minute narrated movie. The service members and civilians were in the middle of hell on earth that day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • serafina0717
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A somber place
    I enjoyed learning more about Pearl Harbor through the exhibits and then the boat out to the memorial. Keep in mind this isn't just something to do, but is a place where many people died and remain buried. It's a place to pay respects to military members. We booked our tickets the day before at 3 pm, you really need to be at the website logged in, and waiting to get tickets beforehand. They're gone in a few minutes. Or plan to get them 48 days before your desired visit. Arrive an hour early to find parking, and don't bring a bag in unless you want to pay $7 to store it. You can bring a water bottle, smartphone, camera (no bag) and small wallet in.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Kris P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Standby at USS Arizona, USS Missouri well worth it
    For those who do not book tix 2 mos in advance, we were able to get standby tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial for a family of 5 in July. We tried online reservations the day before at 3p but weren’t able to get tix - and ended up being happy we didn’t bc going standby turned out to be easy for us and worked better for our schedule. We parked at PH at 7:50am and got in USS Arizona standby line at 8am. About 75 people in front of us. At 8:15 reservation line was allowed in and then they took standby for the 8:15 ferry to the memorial. About 100 people were allowed on the ferry from the standby line, including our 5. It was awesome. We would have liked to see the movie beforehand but that didn’t seem possible; absolutely worth seeing it after you return on the ferry. It was a highlight. The USS Missouri was also a highlight - the (tween/teen) kids enjoyed it more. Do the Missouri tour with the nonprofit tour guides (no additional fee but optional when you get on the ship) - well worth the time and our guide (Duke) was a fun and phenomenal font of information.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • M F
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Tour
    A must to do when in O'ahu. My party did not know about the ability to buy tickets way in advance online, so we tried the day before at 3pm Hawaii time when the tickets for the next day are released. We managed to get some tickets on the second day trying, but when we went for our 1:45pm reservation time, the boats could not go out to the memorial due to strong winds. They honored our reservation for within 7 days. The parks and rec website says tour companies do not buy the tickets but that cannot be true, because over 500 tickets sell out in less than 1 minute. When I went a different day to make up for my canceled reservation almost the entire theatre/boat was a single tour group! Despite this, do not buy tours from companies that advertise the memorial. You're overpaying and contributing to price gouging. The recreation website sells these tickets at $1 per ticket, and they are very accomdating to stand by visitors. I recommend downloading the recreation.gov app and cresting your online account in advance. Do not give up and keep trying for tickets. I managed to get 3 tickets at 3:03pm, so I guess someone else's tickets were released back for purchase because the app had previously said 'sold out' by 3:01pm. Go early!! July is hurricane season in Hawaii, and the winds were always stronger in the afternoon.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Vcals
    Holbrook, New York880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A moving experience.
    This is a must see in Hawaii. Please treat the memorial as hallowed ground as many of the fallen of the USS Arizona still lie interred in the hill of the ship beneath the water. Best thing to do is to reserve two months in advance to avoid the crowds and to secure your spot in a designated day and time. This is a moving experience will will never forget where you will have an opportunity to remember the fallen and honor their sacrifice.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Sharon E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Pearl Harbor tour
    My husband and I did a complete tour of Pearl Harbor which included visiting the Arizona, the Bowfin, Missouri, and the Aviation museum. We booked it through Pearl Harbor tours. Our guide, Vili did an exceptionally good job explaining and getting us from place to place. He also took us to other parts of the island to the Punch bowl, military cemetery, and a few historical sites downtown Honolulu. We highly recommend this tour for a comprehensive look at Pearl Harbor.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • keshort78
    Ottawa, Canada220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an Experience
    This was amazing and wonderful and heartbreaking all at the same time. Definitely something that everyone needs to do when they come to Honolulu. I purchased the tickets ahead of time and although they say to arrive an hour before your time, you can't line up until 10 minutes before your time.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Michelle N
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    Been here before but brought the kid with us this time. You have to log into the site to get tickets RIGHT at the moment you can get them as they were sold out within 3 min. However, stand by line didn't seem long at all. Disappointed they don't show the film prior to going over but you can go watch it later.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
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ThisGalsOpinion
Oahu, HI45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
First and foremost, you DO NOT need to pay to visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. You CAN go at a reasonable hour (not 6 or 7 am) and get same day tickets. Don't fall for the tour company traps! Just the Visitor Center and the Arizona Memorial will take about 90 minutes to 2 hours.

If you want to see the Missouri or the Bowfin, you must purchase a ticket to enter. If you want to see the Missouri and you do not have a military id, you must purchase a tour so that you can get on to Ford Island.

Now that all of that is out of the way, if you come to Oahu and don't take the time to visit Pearl Harbor, you are doing it wrong. Granted, it is not the place for duck-lipped selfies and frivolity, but that doesn't make it any less stunning. Seeing the US flag through the skylights against the clear blue sky and the ship's tears (oil) still leaking is just incredible.

Go. Be respectful while there. Reflect.
Written May 24, 2020
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Bowiejh1
Dacula, GA44 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
This was a great trip through history. All was well done and very respectful of those who sacrificed their lives. My group got there early (for the free tickets - they only give out 1,000 per day, first come first served) and paid the extra $7 for the audio tour (by Jamie Lee Curtis! Ha!). There is a small museum on site and then you take the boat over to the Arizona memorial. The whole thing probably takes an hour.

If you’re just an average tourist I would NOT pay for an actual tour guide, like a few sites are offering. It seems unnecessary. I’m sure they give you a lot more info, but with the $7 audio headset rental I felt like I fully understood the surroundings.
Written January 21, 2020
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Devan H
Olathe, KS101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a must see for anyone visiting the island. We got there a little before 7 am and were able to get on one of the first tours of the day, but most of their tickets are walk up only. They have some that are reserved 60 days and 1 day ahead, but I found these were extremely hard to get. You start with a film and then a boat will take you over to the memorial. Highly recommend the narrated tour, I found it very helpful. What we did was get our Arizona tickets first thing and then purchased the passport package of the Bowfin, USS Missouri, Pacific aviation museum, and the headset for narrated tour of the Arizona. This all made sense for us because we wanted to spend the whole day there, but if you only have a couple hours definitely see the USS Arizona. I’m not a history buff, but I could definitely appreciate the solemn sacrifice made on that day and the memorial is absolutely stunning. This is a must see on the island. The other museums are worth it as well and you learn quite a bit.
Written January 8, 2020
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Nels
Gaithersburg, MD224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Even during the pandemic Pear Harbor was busy, the parking lots full, and many people in the standby line for the USS Arizona Memorial. You can reserve timed tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial up to 8 weeks in advance on the website for $1 per ticket. In addition to doing this I would recommend getting an early time as the parking lots do all fill up quite early. We arrived around 09:00 and the first two parking lots were already full. By the time we left around 13:00 they were all full and people were slowly driving around looking for spots to open up.

This memorial is very moving, seeing the resting place of 900 of our servicemen and learning more about what happened that day. The ranger with us was very knowledgeable and shared a very good story of the rescue of 4 men off the USS Arizona.
Written February 23, 2022
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YorbaLindaStar
Yorba Linda, CA230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was a bucket list activity and we were not disappointed. We got reservations online the first day they became available for the dates of our visit and the first two time slots were booked up even before we got online (this was on the afternoon of the first day they were opened for booking). Our time slot was at 2:30, allowing us to visit the Battleship Missouri before the Arizona. It takes a while to park and get into the park and one can’t bring bags in, requiring some planning about what to bring. To get to the Missouri on has to take a shuttle. We had to wait about 15 minutes for it to come and then about 15 minutes for the trip. We had purchased a ticket package that included the Missouri and got in line when we got off the shuttle. It turns out that we were supposed to get in the ticket line at the ship to receive an individual ticket from the passport and weren’t told that by the staff at the central checkin ticket window. It meant we got to the front of the line and then had to go back out to get the Missouri tickets. The free tour on the ship took about half an hour and was well worth it. The shuttle back to the main Arizona boarding area stopped at a second location so the shuttle back was at least a half hour. One needs to leave plenty of time for schlepping when visiting so as not to miss the reserved time on the Arizona. One only spends about 15 minutes on the actual memorial (there’s a movie first followed by the boat ride to the memorial) and it’s really a moving experience. It’s well worth the trip. One should leave the entire day for the experience.
Written January 1, 2020
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kristinnmacaulay
Winnipeg, Canada114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The online instructions for booking tickets to pearl harbour were very confusing. If you are going in January or February, this is a low and slow time. There is no need to book in advance. You can experience THE memorial site for FREE or spend extra to experience the other exhibits offered.
Written February 6, 2020
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Patty O
San Jose, CA156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
If you don’t have reserved tickets , you will need to line up in the stand by line to get in to see the USS Arizona. People like up as early as 7am to ensure they can get in.

The showings start at 8am and run every 30 minutes. Reserved folks go in first and for all the no shows, they fill it with folks in the stand by line. We were in line at about 7am and made it to the 9am showing to give perspective on the stand by line.

Once you are in , the navy will operate a ferry to the USD Arizona Memorial. You get about 30 mins on the memorial until you have to take the ferry back and then you can explore the other areas of the memorial which include complimentary museums, etc. there are other areas that require a fee as well, like the submarine or battleship tour. We did not do those for this trip, but the guidance was to budget about 2 hrs for each site if you plan on exploring the other attractions.

Three stars is due to the wait of the standby line. Otherwise the memorial itself was well kept, but there are large crowds so stay safe and come early. I hear the reserved tickets are hard to get so if you want to do stand by , you need to come early.
Written March 24, 2022
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J David
Virginia Beach, VA1,631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
One of the most moving memorials I've ever witnessed. To say it's a must is an understatement. This is where you go when visiting the island of Oahu. It's been almost five years and the memory of this day is still vivid.

My wife and I had planned our visit well in advance and the trip was part of a shore excursion on our Princess Cruise. The tickets for the tour are free, however you must plan ahead as this is an extremely popular attraction.

The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred December 7th 1941. Long before most that were preparing to board and view was born. By the restrooms and gift shop were a few men that willing to share their own stories of that tragic day in U.S. history.

Once the ferry arrived at the USS Arizona Memorial our guide provided us additional information beyond what we heard in the film on shore. Visitors are free to ask questions. There are also headphones that can be purchased which we did and felt it was worth while. You may also bring flowers, I saw others toss in the water grave of the ships just mere feet from the surface,

There were probably around 35-45 on our tour. Once we entered the tube of the memorial it was silent. Names of the fallen are lined on the interior. The smell of oil is a sad reminder of the wreckage that lays beneath the clear water. Yes you can see the ship which shook me to the core.

The tour last approximately 30 minutes. If you want to stay longer you can join the next ferry. For me it was enough time and I could bare stand it any longer. It is one of the saddest places I can ever think of touring. Over 2,300 killed on that Sunday morning raid just before 8 AM. Over 1,100 were wounded.

I saw the memorial once and I do not care to return. This is something every American should see in there lifetime.
Written May 8, 2020
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Okiedevildog
Oklahoma1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Very moving, chilling and emotional. Can’t express my gratitude enough to be able to visit this sacred memorial to pay my respects, definitely a humbling experience. May they all have eternal rest.

No big bags allowed, only small 4x8 purses (wallet size), water only and cloth masks (Covid restrictions) in order to enter. We booked our tickets online at recreation.gov to make sure we had tickets, however there is walk-on space available. Please silent your cell phones once boarded the navy vessel to head over to the Memorial. Your requested to speak in soft tones as this is sacred area.

I recommend seeing the submarine museum as well as its very informative on personal and submarines. Once finished with this tour. If you choose, take the free bus over to Ford Island to tour the USS Missouri, highly recommend doing so. This is one massive battleship with years of history from WWII to the Gulf War (Cher also performed a music video —“If I Could Turn Back Time”). Check it out. The bus also returns you back to the USS Arizona Memorial. Be respectful during all times.
Written May 1, 2021
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Videogreg
State College, PA122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is the one must see exhibit/location on Oahu.

A key to make the visit most memorable. Find as many United States Park Rangers as possible and listen to their explanations of the events on that fateful day, December 7th, 1941.

The tour is actually free. You do not necessarily have to purchase an expensive tour from one of the many operators to park at the site and visit the memorial. Tickets however may be difficult to come by.

The one disappointing element of the visit was time management. Keep in mind that the remains of the Arizona have entombed in it the bodies of over a thousand sailors. It's important to be quiet and reverent and just pause to take in what happened and what remains. I felt the tours were a bit rushed and the location, for all its solemnity, was a bit too noisy.

Budget a fair amount of time pause to remember and think about the horrors of War.
Written February 3, 2020
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