The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is a great, historic site that ranks among the top three most heavily-visited tourist destinations in Hawaii. Daily visitation averages about 4 thousand people who come to see what happened at this important moment of American history – when America entered World War II. Some people may get confused while buying Pearl Harbor tickets to visit the USS Arizona Memorial. So in this article, we will explain more in detail how to get Pearl Harbor tickets and why it might be better for you to visit Pearl Harbor on a Tour.
How to Get Pearl Harbor Tickets on Your Own
There is no entry fee for visiting the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and visitors don’t need a ticket to visit some of the museums. However, The USS Arizona Memorial program requires an advance reservation online at www.recreation.gov. The walk-in first-come-first-served ticket distribution system has been terminated. Therefore, we strongly recommend making the reservation at least 3 weeks in advance online.
Beginning on Monday, May 3, recreation.gov’s primary booking window for USS Arizona Memorial tickets will increase from 1-week in advance to 8-weeks in advance. This means that on May 3 at 3 pm HST, tickets will release for up to 8-weeks (56 days) in the future through June 28. Going forward, new tickets will release on this long-range rolling schedule, one day at a time. The secondary booking window,1-day in advance will remain the same.
You will pay a non-refundable $1.00 convenience fee per reserved ticket. Be aware of the fact that there is a reservation limit of 5 tickets per person a day.
Here is the step-by-step process how to get Pearl Harbor tickets:
- Log in to your account or create a new one here.
- Search for USS Arizona Memorial in the search box.
- Click the calendar icon button under the date field. Update the number of tickets you are reserving under the quantity field.
- Select your program time from the available Tour Times.
- Click add to cart and check out as directed.
- Check your e-mail and print your QR Code for check in at the Ticket Validation.
CAN YOU VISIT PEARL HARBOR WITHOUT A TOUR?
Of course, you can just catch a taxi or the bus and drive to Pearl Harbor on your own. Depending on the traffic the drive takes between 30-40 minutes from Waikiki. Make sure you get there earlier.
Visit Pearl Harbor with Daniels Hawaii everything is more relaxed. And we will tell you why.
Our driver picks you up in front of your hotel and drives you over to the memorial. On your way to Pearl Harbor, our experienced guides will tell you important facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Since the Pearl Harbor Tours with Daniels Hawaii are small group tours, there is enough time to ask questions.
After you arrived at Pearl Harbor, our guide walks you over to the facilities. The tour guide will explain the facilities to you – where to find bathrooms, the souvenir shop, the museums, and the cinema. Even more important, we show you where you can get the Audio Guide. It is highly recommended to buy the Audio Guide at Pearl Harbor which guides you through the museums. We hope your experience at Pearl Harbor will be unforgettable with tons of emotions and pictures. We would be so happy if you share your photos with us in our Pearl Harbor Facebook group.