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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu

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Home to a World War II submarine known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park allows you to learn about the role of submarines in the war and see their inner workings up close. By the time the USS Bowfin was retired after World War II, it had successfully completed nine separate patrols in the Pacific Ocean and had sunk more than 14 enemy vessels. The museum displays artifacts, including weapons. A site here honors the vessels and crewmen lost during the war. Grab a narrative audio guide to learn about life aboard the ship and its combat missions. Use our Honolulu vacation route planner to add USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and other attractions to your Honolulu vacation plans.
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  • Certainly interesting though the visit ends in 30-40 minutes and serves mostly to give you an idea of life lived inside a submarine. Pleasant but not exciting
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  • So no battleship of real historical development and opportunity to see various other (way better? ) So children will increase the tension. Even adults can enjoy 10 minutes. Only high (lol) battleship system even if you are not interested in the larger sub just in 10 minutes?. But summer is a tight fit. Submarine in mulhyanggi too (lol) who had worked on, at right, during this, and can make me think, and even underwater (lol) I wonder. Tougher baggage restrictions to enter the Park. Leave in the car, or cabin baggage check outside the Park (← luggage deposit and Japanese sensation a little confidence) to deposit at an additional cost, or, so beware.  Battleships such as bullion from this location, bus transfer to another location. Boy is guaranteed to hyped up. Or snacks you can buy at the shop, but a dining area outside the amusement park feel. Meals that you will, I personally recommend.
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  • There are so few submariners in the world that this type of museum is a perfect opportunity to share what life is like under the surface. Hat's off to all the submariners of this world, may your abili...  more »
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  • This was something that was neglected in my history classes. If it was mentioned, we never talked about it. This is my first time knowing about it. Before I got on the sub, they took a picture of me. They imprinted and image of me within another picture in the Hawaiian newspaper when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I thought it was pretty steep to what they were asking for it. When they told me that the money goes back to sub on maintaining it, I bought the newspaper.
  • A MUST SEE TOUR!! This was just as good as the Arizona Memorial (no disrespect here, it's just different and more hands on). It was a very powerful and sobering experience that really took you right back to what these men did for our country. The sigh, sound and even smells of being under the water level in such small compartments is really super awesome. It's not too cramped for a regular sized person. *NOTE: One that have difficulty bending, kneeling or conditions that require a wheelchair, this is not a tour to do the lower deck areas on. You have to crawl through the submarine's lockouts and it is quite cramped at times. Another thing that is neat is that you get to play with some of the sub's gadgets freely.
  • Nice stop next to NPS area. We didn't do it the first day due to time, but the following time since we couldn't get out to the Arizona we decided to try it and glad we did. I've been on a few submarines previously, and this one is the best well kept. They were undergoing maintenance but I couldn't even tell from how great it was. You get to tour both the museum as well as submarine within and on top. It's tight quarters but the one I've been to in NY was even tighter.
  • Never really knew much about submarines in WW2 so being able to go inside one was really cool! There is a lot of information you can learn and it is a definitely a spot you want see when going to Pearl Harbor.
  • Price is ok, you can take a pretty good self guided tour of the sub. Its best to go in the morning before it gets to warm inside the sub.

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