Plan Your Visit
Know Before You Go!
There are many ways to travel to the USS Arizona Memorial at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument; on your own, via public transportation, taxi cab, rental car, or with one of the many commercial tour companies (permitted by the National Park Service) that provide this service for a fee.
How do I get tickets to visit the USS Arizona Memorial? Arrive Early! The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has an average of 2,000 first-come/ first-serve tickets available each day. Tickets are free and the Visitor Center opens at 7:00 a.m. If you arrive early enough to secure your own tickets, you may have a few hours to wait before your tour. The tour is 75-minutes long consisting of a 25-minute documentary film and a boat trip out to the Memorial.
Make the best use of your time at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by taking the narrated audio tour. Visit the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites (USS Bowfin Submarine, Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, and the USS Missouri Battleship). http://www.pearlharborhistoricsites.org/
If you book an advance online reservation at Recreation.gov, you may be able to decide what time your USS Arizona Memorial program begins, reservations book up quickly especially during the busy summer season. Tickets should be picked up one hour prior to your USS Arizona Memorial tour. Unclaimed tickets will be reissued to the general public.
A storage facility operated by the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is available in the immediate area of the entrance to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. There is a nominal storage fee of $3 per bag. The storage facility is in operation daily 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors may use the same bag storage and parking stall for visits to all Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
These security measures are strictly enforced at all visitor destinations on Pearl Harbor. Although federal law enforcement officers and security bike patrols monitor the parking lots, please do not leave items of value in your car.
Atmosphere on the Memorials
Did You Know?
There were 1.4 million gallons of fuel on the USS Arizona when she sank. Over 60 years later, approximately nine quarts still surfaces from the ship each day. Some Pearl Harbor survivors have referred to the oil droplets as "Black Tears."