The island of Oahu is a special Hawaii vacation destination in that it offers a broad range of activity options, from long, white sand beaches to historic sites such as Pearl Harbor. Add an educational element to your Hawaii vacation when you visit important sites such as Pearl Harbor on a Pearl Harbor Tour.
Be ready for spur-of-the-moment stops, unexpected views and special sightseeing along the way! Immerse yourself in Oahu’s wartime history, visiting important sites and listening to personal stories. See battleships that represent the start and end of US involvement in World War II, along with other poignant sites.
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The Pearl Harbor Historical Sites are comprised of the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Beyond your tour of the Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials, you may consider planning to spend additional time at the complex exploring the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, as well as the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park provides an intriguing look into the role that submariners played in World War II. As one of only 15 World War II submarines that are left, boarding the USS Bowfin is a special experience to climb aboard a real submarine that has been painstakingly restored to reflect its original design. Stand in the torpedo rooms, exam the narrow quarters of the bunks, and explore the control room, officer quarters, galley, mess decks and engine rooms. With an audio that features commentary from the actual USS Bowfin crew, it’s not hard to imagine that you’ve stepped back in time!
From the sea to the air, the sites at Pearl Harbor allow visitors to examine the many fronts which were fought in World War II. Be sure to save time to explore the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum! A riveting, chronological retelling of World War II events begins in Hangar 37 and continues throughout the museum with a factual retelling and personal stories. Paired with displays that depict life in Hawaii in the 1940s, visitors also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Hawaii culture and how the Islands were affected during the World War II era. Over fifty aircraft, along with personal effects, are on display in the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, ranging from rare World War II aircraft such as the Flying Tigers P-40 to modern aircraft that are still in service today. Exploring the museum is interesting for all ages, and kids will love the hands-on STEM exhibits available for exploration in The Raytheon Pavilion.
Set aside a day or two during your Oahu vacation to explore the historic sites of Pearl Harbor!