The USS Missouri fought in World War II and was the sight where the Allies accepted the Japanese surrender. It was recommissioned and has a role in Korea and the Gulf War. Now it sits watching over its fallen comrade, the USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor. The cost of the visit to the USS Missouri is included with the Go Oahu Card. Read more about Pearl Harbor and see photos from the USS Arizona Memorial. Also check out the photos from the USS Bowfin Submarine and its related museum. For more on Oahu, check out this list of links.
The use of the submarine during World War II was essential to the outcome. The museum looks at the history of the submarine corps. It’s one of the attractions included on the Go Oahu Card. Read more about Pearl Harbor. Read more about the USS Bowfin. Read more about the Visitors’ Center and the USS Arizona. Check out these links to other things on Oahu.
The USS Bowfin Submarine and its museum feature an entrance fee for visiting them. If you have the Go Oahu card, the fee is included as long as it has been activated for the day. The people at the USS Bowfin will take your photo and put it in an old newspaper. If you purchase this souvenir, you’ll also get a free cultured pearl from the nearby pearl jewelry purveyor. The salesperson will ask you choose an oyster, open it in front of you and tell you what kind of pearl you found. We got a black pearl. Click for more on Pearl Harbor. Click for photos of the USS Arizona Memorial, and click for links to more content about Oahu.
The USS Arizona was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Navy was unable to raise it and unable to recover many of the sailors that were on board when the ship went down. The consecrated it and left it as a place of remembrance where those who served aboard the ship could be commemorated. It is still leaking fuel, which can be smelled at the water’s surface. The visitors’ center, movie and tour of the Arizona are free. Read more about Pearl Harbor. For more on Oahu, click here.
Pearl Harbor is an all-day tour. The greatest tragedy in American naval history, Pearl Harbor exhibits commemorate the soldiers that fell during the Japanese sneak attack on docked battleships. Starting with the Arizona Memorial, the film before you go out on the boat shows what led to the Japanese attack and why it was so successful. The Arizona Memorial dock is currently under repair, so visitors get a tour by the memorial with a guide who explains the story and answers questions. Get your tickets online, or you may not be able to go aboard the boat for this FREE tour.
The Bowfin Submarine and its museum are included on the Go Oahu Card as are the below mentioned attractions. The audio guide explains the life of a submariner. I listened to the family version of the guide and found it much more entertaining than the adult version, but you can choose just by punching in the right number.
A shuttle takes guests from the arrival center over a bridge to Ford Island. There, you’ll get to stand on the decks of the Missouri that stands watch over the Arizona. The Mighty Mo was where the Japanese formally surrendered to the Allied Forces. It also saw service during the Korean War and Desert Storm.
If you love planes, the Pacific Aviation Museum is for you! A lot of restored aircraft occupy the two hangars. For me, the most interesting was a B-17 Bomber found in the swamps of New Guinea. Dubbed the “Swamp Ghost,” its insignia was drawn by Disney artists and features Donald Duck in the role of the Swamp Ghost.
If you get hungry while at Pearl Harbor, your best choices for food are at Ford Island. In the shadow of the Mighty Mo is a food truck,and the Pacific Aviation Museum features a counter service restaurant. Both offer better food to eat than the $7 hot dog and the snack shop at the visitors’center.