Plan Your Perfect Visit to Pearl Harbor

By: Alison

Today is finally the day. Your travel and accommodations are set. You’ve booked your tour tickets. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your visit to Pearl Harbor.

Well, not exactly.

Before you arrive, there are a few things you need to know that will make your visit more enjoyable. Follow these simple tips and your time at Pearl Harbor will be something you’ll never forget.

Dress Comfortably

As you probably know, Pearl Harbor isn’t just one museum or one memorial. It’s actually made up of several museums, memorials, and other historic spots with amazing views. That means you’ll be on your feet almost all day as you explore the attractions.

Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops, which are bound to give you blisters. Socks and sneakers work best for your visit to Pearl Harbor.

Bring a light jacket

You will be outside for part of your visit so it’s important to dress for the weather. Most visitors prefer shorts and a t-shirt, but you may want to bring a light jacket. Honolulu is known for its sporadic rain showers so choose a jacket with a hood to keep you dry.

No Bags

Since the 9/11 attacks, security has been tightened at Pearl Harbor as it is still an active naval base. All of Pearl Harbor now has a no-bag policy, which means no purses, totes, diaper bags, or fanny packs. While there is a storage area with lockers for rent near the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, it’s best to leave your belongings in your hotel room.

Clear Bags are OK

Before your visit to Pearl Harbor, plan out what you know you’ll need and lay it out the night before. In the morning, you can grab your ID, money, credit cards, cell phone, and any other small necessities. Consider wearing cargo shorts with lots of pockets.

Remember to Wear Sunscreen

Though you won’t be in the sunlight all day, you will spend an ample amount of time outside during your visit at Pearl Harbor. To avoid a nasty sunburn, remember to put on sunscreen before you arrive.

Don't forget Sunscreen

You may not be able to carry a bottle of sunscreen with you in the park, but if you put it on before you arrive, then you should be protected.


You may take a stroller into Pearl Harbor, but not everywhere. Strollers are not permitted in the theaters or on the shuttles to the Arizona Memorial. They can be stored near the entrance to the Visitor Center.

If you have a little one and need a stroller, don’t feel like you can’t visit Pearl Harbor. Before you arrive, plan out how you’ll handle going without a stroller ahead of time. You’ll feel more relaxed when you get there, and you won’t miss out on the amazing memorials.

Remember, bags are not allowed on the grounds. If you try to overstuff your stroller, security may not let you enter. Only pack the essentials. Put a few diapers, snacks and wipes in the stroller pockets.

Pearl Harbor Heroes

ADA Compliant

Pearl Harbor complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but there are a few things you should know if you have health concerns.

– Emergency Medical Services are ready to help if needed, and there is a hospital nearby. There are no doctors or nurses on duty at Pearl Harbor.
– Wheelchairs can be checked out at the front entrance.
– The Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Battleship Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum are all wheelchair-accessible.
– Most restaurants and bathrooms also have wheelchair access.

Your visit to Pearl Harbor will be one-of-a-kind. Keep these tips in mind before your visit and you’ll be all set to enjoy a wonderful day.

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