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USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu

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USS Arizona Memorial marks the final resting place of one of the most iconic World War II battleships destroyed in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. More than 1,100 sailors and marines died here when Japanese forces attacked the harbor. The memorial, constructed in 1962, attracts nearly 1 million people each year. Begin your tour at the visitor center, where you can listen to a free talk about that fateful day and watch a brief documentary about the attack. You can then take a shuttle boat to the memorial, which straddles the hull of the sunken battleship. Remember that the memorial admits only a limited number of visitors each day, so it is a good idea to book a tour well in advance. Set aside time for a visit to the memorial museum so you can take in the personal stories of American soldiers who fought and died here. Plan your USS Arizona Memorial visit and explore what else you can see and do in Honolulu using our Honolulu trip planner .
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  • We recommend visiting the memorial. It is moving. And, we think you should do it with a scheduled tour to avoid the wait for an opening. However, there is so much more at the site than we had time to ...  more »
  • Very informative tour. Pay the extra for the audio tour. Provides so much more information. Reminds us to really appreciate our veterans!!  more »
  • We went early to avoid the heat and crowds but each 45 minute tour ran like clock work. A brief queue to get into the theatre to watch a very informative short film composed by the Park Rangers that w...  more »
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  • A very somber experience that I will remember for as long as I am alive. What respect and gratitude I felt while attending this memorial. If you have a love for our military and the men and women who serve this great nation, go see this memorial. I thought everything from the video we watched at the start to the boat ride over to the memorial site (in the water), it was all very respectful and comfortable. It is all wheelchair accessible. Older folks or young ones can easily be helped a little to board if necessary. Once over at the site, they asked if you can take pictures after unloading off the boat. Probably for safety. BUT don't forget to take the pics coming out because it is easy to forget! They also asked if everyone can turn off their cell phones to be respectful. What to wear: Tennis shoes or walking shoes would be great. It got kinda hot on us, so bring money for refreshments. Sunblock too.
  • We were able to pick up free walk up tour tickets around 8:30am for a 10:45 tour. To burn time we walked through the walk through displays which were very fascinating. Heading into the theater we were presented with a very moving presentation of the events that unfolded on December 7th. Then we took a quick boat ride over to the memorial which is unforgettable. Over all the experience was amazing and very emotional. One tip... Do the tour at the beginning of your trip so you have the rest of the trip to lift your spirits up. We did the tour just before our flight out and though the experience was worth it left us with a somber mood on the flight out.
  • Beautiful. Lines and crowd experience not as bad as I had read about. Volunteers very knowledgeable and friendly. Must see. NOTE: Not a place for young children as this is a cemetery and intended for quiet remembrance of our veterans buried at this site. Please do not bring young children who are fussy or have a need for running around. Be respectful.
  • A very special place I will not soon forget. Such a reference dwells there. I couldn't help but get choked up a bit when I think of the fallen still residing in the tomb of the Arizona. So grateful for our country and for our service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice!
  • The memorial is humbling. The calm beauty of the spot that had known so much tragidy touches the heart. I understand that many of the people there are volunteers and that in giving their time to help show us all the memorial is wonderful. We experienced the best, a vet that allowed us to come forward and sit instead of waiting in line with my injured teen and the worst with a gentleman that I am hoping was just having a bad day. Even with that I would like to say thank you to all there. It was an experience I will never forget.

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