What’s the Best Time to Visit Pearl Harbor?

By: Alison

For most kids, summer break is just around the corner. It’s time to schedule some time off and book a vacation to Oahu and a visit to Pearl Harbor.

But when is the best time to visit Pearl Harbor? If you’re thinking about touring this historic site, check out this quick guide and start booking those flights and tours.

Seasons and Weekends

Of course, summer is a busy season in Hawaii. Everyone’s enjoying the beautiful island sun, and so many activities and festivals take place in the summer months.

Some assume that Pearl Harbor will be overcrowded in the summer, but that’s not always the case. What’s important is that you arrive early enough to get tickets. As the day goes on, Pearl Harbor usually gets more busy, but if you get there early you’ll be able to spend time at your favorite sites before they get too crowded. The National Park Service only gives out 1,300 tickets each day to prevent overcrowding, so make sure you get your tickets early.

Summer is also best if you plan to enjoy the sun and surf around Honolulu. In the winter months, the average high temperature is 78 degrees. While that’s certainly warmer than most U.S. cities, it’s still a little chilly for swimming.

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That’s not to discourage a visit in winter. If you’re not a fan of the beach or water sports, then winter will be perfect for you. Most places around Hawaii are less crowded, and you’ll still get to go for long bike rides and hikes. Most children will be in school, so you may see more school tours at Pearl Harbor itself.

Some visitors also worry about crowds on the weekends as opposed to weekdays. While it’s true that Pearl Harbor will probably be more busy on weekends, it really comes down to timing. If you get there early, you’ll get in with little trouble.

Booking Tickets

Visit Pearl Harbor Passport TicketsWhen planning to visit Pearl Harbor, you have several options. You can plan to get there early, on your own, and get your tickets at the gate, or you can book a tour and have your transportation and tickets taken care of in advance.

Both options are viable. If you want to get your tickets at the gate that day, make sure you get there early. There is a limit on the number of tickets distributed each day, and during the busy tourist seasons, those tickets can go quickly. Tickets become available at 7:00 a.m., and you can bet there will already be a line.

For a smoother day, we recommend that you book a tour of Pearl Harbor in advance. Most tours include hotel pick-up in the price, which can be a lifesaver if you’re staying in a nearby hotel or even on a different island. This will also save you from standing in line and wasting time when you could be exploring the fascinating exhibits. With a tour, all admission fees are included.

In summary, there really isn’t a bad time to visit Pearl Harbor. If you plan your visit in advance, you’ll be able to see everything you want at your own place.

During which season would you rather visit Pearl Harbor and Hawaii? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “What’s the Best Time to Visit Pearl Harbor?

  1. steve says:

    Aloha Sheri, thanks for reaching out to us.

    Our hearts go out to you and your family in this time. Yes, Pearl Harbor is completely accessible for wheelchairs, but wheelchairs are NOT available for rent through us. When you make a reservation, advise us that you have a wheelchair so we can schedule a vehicle appropriately.

    Here is a local resource for Wheelchair rentals.

    Pearl Harbor Visitors Bureau

  2. Sheri Shenk says:

    I am hoping that the tours are wheelchair accessible. Also wondering if you rent chairs? My husband is fighting cancer and hasn’t a lot of energy, but this is on his “Bucket List.” Planning to be there on Friday and know I need to buy tickets ASAP.

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