Pearl Harbor.

Chances are you’ve heard of it — and no, I’m not talking about the 2001 movie starring Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett.

I’m talking about the real, physical Pearl Harbor — the Hawaiian naval base that was the site of the Japanese air attack on December 7, 1941, that catapulted the United States into World War II.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

For many, a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, is not complete without visiting Pearl Harbor. In fact, this site is easily Hawaii’s top tourist destination, with millions of people visiting each and every year to soak in a bit of history and pay their respects at the USS Arizona Memorial.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

If you’re thinking of adding Pearl Harbor to your Hawaii itinerary, here’s an idea of what to expect, as well as a few travel tips that might make your visit run more smoothly.

Pearl Harbor facts

  • Located a handful of miles west of the city of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor serves as the home of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
  • When the Japanese attacked on an otherwise peaceful Sunday morning in early December 1941, they caught the base completely off-guard.
  • The attack — which came in two waves beginning just before 8 a.m. local time — lasted approximately two hours.
  • Over 3,500 Americans were killed or wounded that morning, including 1,177 who went down to watery graves when the USS Arizona exploded and then sank in the shallow harbor.
  • 350 aircraft were destroyed or damaged, but luckily the aircraft carriers that were based at Pearl Harbor were not around that morning, and therefore suffered no damage.
  • 21 vessels were sunk or badly damaged, including all 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The USS Arizona and USS Utah still sit at the bottom of the harbor.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor travel tips

Pearl Harbor makes for a great day trip out of Honolulu, but there are certain things you should know and be aware of before you go.

Go early. Seriously. Pearl Harbor can be crowded, especially on weekends and nice-weather days. If you want to visit the USS Arizona Memorial (which, you definitely do) and don’t already have a ticket, try to get there as early as possible. The free tickets are on a first come, first served basis, and tours begin at 7:45 a.m. and only run until 3 p.m. The 4,500 tickets available each day are often fully allocated by mid-morning. For example, when I went to Pearl Harbor, I arrived at about 10:45 a.m., and the earliest I could go out to the Arizona was 1:15 p.m.

Bring sunscreen. This tip is applicable for anything you do in Hawaii. When the sun shines here, it SHINES. A lot of the Pearl Harbor attractions will have you outside for at least part of the time, so be sure you’re prepared. It’s best to put the sunscreen on BEFORE you arrive, even if it’s cloudy. Hawaiian weather can change rapidly, so a cloudy morning could easily turn into a beautifully sunny afternoon.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

Don’t take a purse or backpack. In order to enter the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, you have to go through security. No bags of any sort are allowed through. You are permitted to take in a wallet, camera, and water bottle, but you have to carry them all. If you do bring a bag with you, you’ll have to store it in a locker and pay a per-bag rate. My advice? Wear something with pockets! I failed to plan ahead for this, and ended up paying for a locker, and then buying some postcards at the Visitor Center gift shop so I could get a plastic bag to put my things in.

Leave the bikini at home. While there is no formal dress code at Pearl Harbor, visitors should remember that it is a memorial – in some cases, a graveyard – for those lost during the 1941 attacks. Be respectful when choosing your outfit for the day.

Things to See

While Pearl Harbor still operates as a U.S. naval base, the base itself was recognized on January 29, 1964, as a National Historic Landmark district. Visitors to Pearl Harbor don’t actually enter the working areas of the base, but instead visit the landmarks and memorials that have been erected in the decades since the attack.

When you arrive at Pearl Harbor, you will enter near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center off Kamehameha Highway. Here, you can decide what you want to see and do.

USS Arizona Memorial

The destruction of the USS Arizona battleship and the immense loss of life associated with her sinking came to symbolize the reason the U.S. Was fighting in WWII in the months and years following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Today, the USS Arizona Memorial, operated by the National Park Service, easily sees the most visitors each year.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

The memorial is free to visit, but you must have a ticket to do so. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis, and programs run from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. A maximum of 150 tickets are reserved for each program.

If you’re visiting Pearl Harbor on a group tour, your ticket will be included in your tour package. If you’re just visiting on your own, you’ll have to go up to the ticket counter when you arrive and get an assigned time to visit the Arizona Memorial. The earlier you arrive, the better the chance you’ll have of getting a ticket.

The USS Arizona Memorial program lasts roughly 75 minutes, and includes a 23-minute video, and then a boat ride to visit the Memorial itself, which sits out in the harbor, suspended above the wreckage of the Arizona. Audio tours are also available.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

Tours gather roughly every 15 minutes outside the memorial theater, and you’re asked to line up there 5 minutes prior to your program’s starting time.

The ride out to the Memorial is on a covered shuttle boat operated by the U.S. Navy, and you’re given plenty of time at the Memorial itself.

Be aware that the Memorial is just that — a site erected in memory of the 1,177 sailors who lost their lives when the Arizona blew up, and then sank. Most of them are interred in the water beneath you, so be respectful.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

The Memorial itself is not large, but it’s large enough to accommodate everyone on your tour. The rusty hulk of the Arizona can be seen just below the water’s surface, and, if you watch long enough, you can still see droplets of oil leaking out of the ship and bubbling up to the surface.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

At the back of the Memorial is a room in which the names of all those lost on the USS Arizona are engraved on a wall of memory.

It is a somber, yet beautiful place.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

USS Bowfin submarine

Right next to the Visitor Center sits the USS Bowfin submarine. This sub, dubbed “the Pearl Harbor Avenger,” was launched on December 7, 1942, a year to the date after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Bowfin would go on to sink 44 enemy ships during the course of her nine war patrols.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Bowfin, submarine

A ticket to tour the USS Bowfin can be purchased at the Visitor Center, and will cost you $10. Your ticket gets you onto the sub, and comes complete with an audio tour. There is no assigned time for Bowfin tours, so you can go any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and work through at your own pace.

Allow roughly an hour to tour the submarine, adjoining Bowfin Park, and the Waterfront Memorial, which stands in silent tribute to the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 subs worldwide lost in WWII.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Bowfin, submarine

Be aware that the Bowfin is just as narrow and confining on the inside as it looks on the outside. If you are prone to claustrophobia, you might want to think twice about this one.

That being said, however, it’s pretty fascinating to get inside a submarine and learn about how sailors live.

Battleship Missouri Memorial

The USS Missouri was launched on January 29, 1944, and went on to participate in operations in the final months of WWII. The ship was the site of the formal signing of the “Instrument of Surrender” on September 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay by representatives of both Japan and the Allied Nations — thus officially ending WWII.

You can purchase a ticket to tour the Missouri at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and then catch a shuttle bus over to Ford Island, where the entrance to the battleship is located. The Missouri is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and shuttles operate until 5:15 p.m.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USS Missouri, battleship

A $20 ticket will get you a shuttle ride over to Ford Island, and your choice of tour — a 35-minute guided tour, a 45-120 minute audio tour, a 60-90 minute audio-visual tour on a iPod Touch, or a self-guided walking tour.

A $45 ticket will get you on the 90-minute Battle Stations Tour, which is listed as a “premium” guided tour, and is the most comprehensive tour of the Missouri.

It’s recommended that you allow at least 2 hours on-site to explore the USS Missouri, including the 30-minute round-trip shuttle ride to and from Ford Island.

USS Oklahoma Memorial

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii While you’re on Ford Island, stop to see the USS Oklahoma Memorial, which recognizes the 429 Marines and sailors who lost their lives on the battleship during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Oklahoma Memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is free to visit, but requires a shuttle ticket to get to Ford Island.

Pacific Aviation Museum

Also located on Ford Island is the Pacific Aviation Museum, which is a must-vist for any aviation buff.

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, and will cost $20, with a shuttle ride to Ford Island included. It’s recommended to allow at least 2 hours to explore to museum.

Pearl Harbor Visitor Center museums

If you don’t feel like paying for any of the other tours, but still have some time to waste at Pearl Harbor before your USS Arizona tour, don’t worry — there’s still plenty to do.

Take a walk along the waterfront, where a memorial walkway has been erected with facts, photos and diagrams about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Be sure to also allow some time to explore the free museums at the Visitor Center. While small, these two museums are chock full of interesting facts, maps, artifacts, and videos about the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the vessels and people affected there.

A video about the attacks that plays in the second museum easily rivals the 23-minute film you’ll watch before the boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial. There are also some interactive (and incredibly moving) video displays here where you can hear stories from both civilians and veterans who survived the December 7 attacks.

I wish someone had told me about these museum exhibits beforehand, because I didn’t allow nearly enough time here.

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Getting there

You can book one of a number of guided tours from Honolulu, which will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The cheaper tours will include a ticket for a specified time for you to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, while the more expensive day tours will include tickets to many of the Pearl Harbor sites, including the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, and the USS Bowfin.

If, however, you want to go it on your own, it’s incredibly easy — and you don’t need to take a cab or rent a car. You can easily get to Pearl Harbor using a Honolulu city bus.

Routes 20 and 42 will take you from downtown Honolulu or Waikiki to Pearl Harbor, though the service is not direct. The ride will take roughly an hour each way, but will only cost $2.50 per ride. (For some tips on using TheBus in Honolulu, check out this post.)

 

And, if you feel like really making a somber day of it, consider also adding on a visit to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is nearby in Honolulu.

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Have you been to Pearl Harbor before? If so, tell me about it! If not, is it somewhere you ever plan to visit?

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  2. Jeremy B says:

    Great information on Pearl Harbor. I have never been but didn’t realize there was so much to see and do. I thought it was only the memorial above the sunken ship. Thanks for all of the information on this tragic piece of American history.
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you, Jeremy! I didn’t realize there was so much to see, either (or that some of it was free) until I started doing a bit of research before I went to Hawaii. It’s really a great place to visit for the whole family, and I would highly recommend it for anyone going to Honolulu.

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  4. EAS82 says:

    Wonderful information! My family and I will be visiting there in another 2 weeks and this will help us plan our day there.

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  6. jade says:

    Great tips and it does look really peaceful. We haven’t been but it’s definitely on our list.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      If you ever have the chance to go, do it! It’s a very somber place, but well worth a visit. They’ve done a great job of making it appeal to a lot of different people, whether you’re a veteran, a kid, or somewhere in between.

  7. Randy says:

    Nice work on this travel guide. I haven’t been to Pearl Harbor yet, but when we make it, this will be my go to guide!
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s great to hear, Randy! I know some of the Hawaii stuff I’ve written (like this post, and the post on how to use the bus in Honolulu) doesn’t apply to very many travelers. But I hope that it’s helpful to the handful of people that it DOES apply to!

      Thanks for reading, and I hope you guys do make it to Hawaii sometime!

  8. Kirsten says:

    I’ve not been. But it’s somewhere I really want to go. My mother has been and like you attested to the fact it’s a wonderful – if somber – place. This is so comprehensive and the tips are so great. I’m also really impressed with the photographs. They are among the best you have ever taken!!
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      You are too kind, Kirsten! Pearl Harbor was the first place I put on my list when I decided I was going to go to Hawaii. I love learning about history, and our role in war has always been interesting to me.

      I really had no idea that there was SO MUCH to see and do at Pearl Harbor, though. Had I known, I probably would have gone earlier and planned to stay later. I think I would have liked to get over to the Missouri on Ford Island.

      And thanks for the compliment on my photos! I bought a new camera before this trip, and I’m really, really happy with the quality of shots that I got! Hopefully it serves me well next month in NZ, too!

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  10. Janisse says:

    I have been to Pearl Harbor 3 times and it never fails to move me when you are in such a beautiful, tropical place. The expanding aviation museum on Ford island really is interesting to see for aviation lovers.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I would definitely visit again if given the chance. My dad would love that aviation museum. My family went to the Museum of Flight in Seattle lsat year, and he was like a kid in a candy store.

  11. Kieron says:

    Thanks for all this great information Amanda, have saved it for our upcoming visit. :)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You’re welcome! Definitely head out to Pearl Harbor while you’re there – it’s totally worth it, and totally deserves its status as Hawaii’s top tourist attraction.

  12. whitsmom says:

    We would like to fly into Oahu from Kauai for a day trip in three weeks. Flights arrive very early in the morning and return after 5. What is the best way to get to Pearl Harbor from the airport? Are there any no frills tours or shuttles from the airport that would assure us of an Arizona ticket but allow us to spend most of the day browsing at Pearl Harbor? We really don’t care about any other sight seeing on Oahu. Thanks for all the above info–most informative site I’ve found so far.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      If you really want to visit Pearl Harbor and not have any time contraints on you, I’d suggest not going with a tour group. Most Pearl Harbor tours that include an Arizona ticket only allow you a couple of hours on-site, which isn’t really enough time if you want to see everything, and often include a city tour of Honolulu, which it doesn’t sound like you’re interested in. If your flight is set to arrive early in the morning, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a shuttle or taxi to Pearl Harbor, and then getting a ticket out to the Arizona.

      Although, make sure you double check before your visit that the Arizona is even open to visitors. Currently, with the heightened security in the U.S. after the death of Osama bin Laden, I’ve heard that they’re currently not running boat tours out to the Arizona Memorial. But I have no clue how long that will last. Hopefully not long!

  13. mamaj says:

    Hello, My parents are planning a Hawaiian cruise (a surprise for my dad’s 70th birthday). I would like to offer them this tour as a gift. Any suggestions as to how to book the tour ahead of time? Any tour companies to suggest? Will the fact that they are on a cruise be a problem? Also, my mother is somewhat limited in her walking capabilities (can walk without assistance but for short distances only). Can this also be a problem? So many questions…
    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi there! If you are going on a cruise and want Pearl Harbor to be as easy as possible, my advice would be to book it as a shore excursion through your cruise line. As long as you are having a port call in Honolulu, I guarantee that there will be shore excursion options to Pearl Harbor. This will make it the easiest for you. You’ll probably get picked up right off the ship and taken right to Pearl Harbor, and, since it’s a planned shore excursion, you won’t have to worry about making it back on time on your own.

      As for you mom’s limited walking ability, she should be okay at Pearl Harbor; there’s not a ton of walking to be done.

  14. whitsmom says:

    We just returned home from our Hawaiian trip–8 days on Kauai. We took a day trip to Oahu, arriving via Hawaiian Air around 7 in the morning. We decided that since we had a full day on Oahu, with our return flight not leaving until 7:30 in the evening, we would rent a car. Everything worked really well–picked up the car at the airport around 7:30 and were in the Pearl Harbor parking lot (recently reopened after construction closures) before 8. There appeared to be plenty of parking We encountered no lines and our Arizona tour was scheduled for 9:15. We also bought the all inclusive tickets for the submarine tour, the Missouri tour, and the air museum tour.
    As per the ticket seller’s suggestion we toured the sub while waiting for our Arizona tour to begin. Following our Arizona visit we had lunch in the area between the submarine and its museum–very reasonably priced and quite tasty hot dogs with the works. A Navel retirement ceremony was in progress nearby and we enjoyed listening to the Navy band preform for the ceremony. After lunch we rode the shuttle to the Missouri and then the air museum. Enjoyed all of it thoroughly.
    We left the Pearl Harbor area around three and drove to the east coast (I bellieve it was on route 61)–beautiful drive! We then drove down the coast towards Diamond Head, making numerous stops to view the gorgeous and dramatic coastline. We probably could have had an early dinner somewhere along the coast but weren’t sure about traffic conditions in Honolulu, so returned to the airport by 6 and ate dinner there before flying back to Kauai.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Sounds like you had a great day on Oahu! And you definitely made the right decision by going to Pearl Harbor as early as possible to avoid the crowds. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your time there!

    • Patty says:

      Where did you buy your all inclusive tickets?

      • DangerousBiz says:

        The “all-inclusive” kind she’s talking about can be purchased at the Visitor’s Center at Pearl Harbor. You don’t need to book ahead of time or anything — just show up early in the morning. The tickets to see the video and go out to the USS Arizona Memorial are free. But to go out to Ford Island to tour the USS Missouri, or to tour the USS Bowfin submarine, there is an admission charge. However, those tickets can be bought on the day you’re visiting right at the Visitor’s Center ticket counter.

  15. Suzy says:

    You did an exquisite job giving a digital tour of the sites of Pearl Harbor.

    I will definitely agree that Bowfin is worth the visit… also, that even though it is a “tourist site” it really isn’t… it is a place of homage and remembrance to many that have passed on. Thank you for your post, it was really well put together.
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thank you so much, Suzy. I’m really happy with how this post turned out, and hope that it will help others plan their trips to Pearl Harbor, and realize that there’s much more to it than just the Arizona.

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  17. Pam says:

    Thanks so much for your info, most detailed explanation of the whole experience Ive found. Our trip is 4 weeks away and Pearl Harbor is the only thing I haven’t organised due to information overload and confusion regarding what sites to see, where all the sites are and if we should go self guided or if its just easier to do a tour from Wakiki even if it includes things we dont want to see and takes 10 hours (long day!). Your post has certainly layed it out a lot clearer for us and now have the confidence to rise early and take on the crowds at our own pace – thank you!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You are very welcome, Pam! I was surprised when I started researching visiting Pearl Harbor at the lack of succinct info out there, too. Which is exactly why I wrote this post! So I’m really glad it’s made you feel better about the whole thing.

      Especially if you’re not interested in any “extras” and just want to see the things at Pearl Harbor, I’d definitely suggest doing it on your own! It’ll be cheaper, and you can do it at your own pace. If you don’t have a rental car, you can always take TheBus (just ask at your hotel where the nearest bus stop is, etc., and you should have no problem!).

      If you do have a rental car, consider also adding a visit to the Punchbowl Cemetery (the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific). It makes a nice addition to a day of remembrance in Honolulu.

  18. Krystal says:

    i think the parlour harbour travel tips can be very helpful

  19. Kevin Bettencourt says:

    We are staying on Kauai in July and are flying to Oahu for a day to visit Pearl Harbor. We are planning on visiting the Arizona memorial, the Missouri and the aviation museum. Would you recommend renting a car from the airport or take a cab ? We arrive on Oahu at 7:30 am and fly out at 7:30 pm. We don’t have anything else planned for the day other than Pearl Harbor.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Kevin. Will you have any luggage with you? If not, you could actually just catch a Honolulu city bus from the airport to Pearl Harbor for about $5 round-trip. Pearl Harbor is only about 5 miles from the airport, so unless you’re interested in driving around the rest of the island, there’s probably no reason for you to spend money to rent a car. A cab would also work, but would be more expensive than the bus. Between a rental car and a cab, though, I’d probably go with the cab if the only place you’re going is Pearl Harbor.

    • whitsmom says:

      Hi Kevin, It sounds like you are planning to do exactly what we did last May–flying from Kauai to Oahu for the day. Scroll up to my comments on June 7th about how our trip worked out. Renting a car was very easy and inexpensive. We were done at Pearl Harbor by mid afternoon (with plenty of time to see everything) and then had time to drive across the middle of the island and down the coast. Scenery was quite dramatic. Have a great trip!

  20. Kathy says:

    Hi. I am flying into HNL with a connection to Maui. My flight in HNL at 1:26 PM Sunday afternoon and the connection is at 6:17 pm. Is this enough time to even consider going to Pearl Harbor? I won’t have any bags and will be able to get straight out on to the bus or cab. If you think it could be done, how would you plan out the limited time that I have. Thank you!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Kathy. That would probably be cutting it close, as it takes at least half an hour or more to get to Pearl Harbor from the airport (probably more), and I assume you’d need to be back around 5 to get ready for your flight to Maui. Which would leave you with only about 2 hours at Pearl Harbor. That, and if you’re arriving mid-afternoon, chances are tickets for the Arizona will already be sold out, so you may not even be able to see the most famous part!

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  22. I have been to Pearl Harbor on two occasions and I must say that one gets a very spooky feeling there. It’s like “history unraveling in front of your eyes” like experience.

  23. Heidi Knight says:

    I’m wondering if women can take travel wallets that have a neck strap? I may not have pockets the day we visit and have a RFI blocking travel wallet I was planning to use but don’t want to find out it’s not allowed at the site. Thanks for all the excellent information!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      My advice would be take the wallet, and just carry it in with you in your hands – then you can put it around a neck strap once you get through security. :) I took a whole handful of stuff in with me, then asked for a plastic bag at one of the souvenir shops when I bought some postcards. Problem solved!

  24. Heidi Knight says:

    Thanks! I will give it a try. Surely a wallet is a wallet, with or without a string? :)
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  26. Heidi Knight says:

    Thought I would post an update. I was fine with the travel wallet (carried it in my hand through security) and did purchase a small tote bag in the gift shop for everybody else’s stuff. :)

  27. Sharla says:

    I was curious if just one person could go early and get tickets for everyone in the group. We have 6 people going.

  28. Pamela says:

    I will be visiting Pearl Harbor in November 2013 and I so appreciate your point of view. Only questions are regarding the Audio tour. Never used one before, how does it work? Is it triggered by what you are looking at/near? We want to do the Arizona Memorial at 8am, so we wouldn’t see the museum part until after and all the info I see says “The audio Tour begins at…” which is not the memorial. What if I don’t do the tour in the order they mention? Thank you, looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hi Pamela. I’m not sure there’s a singular audio tour of the whole site. Each attraction has its own audio tour, from what I can understand. (For example, when I bought an entrance ticket for the USS Bowfin submarine, it came with an audio tour. You got a headset at the entrance, and it told you where/when to walk and what to look at. You turned it back in when you left the submarine.)

  29. nayeli says:

    Thank you for your info! We are arriving 4-19-2014 and are glad we stumbled upon your page! Thank you for your helpful info!

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