For those who are only mildly interested in WWII history, but want to see the island, we recommend the Pearl Harbor & Oahu Island Tour. The most popular thing to see at Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. There’s something for everyone at Pearl Harbor. If your child loves to visit Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, he or she will be enthralled with the idea of joining the Museum’s Explorers Club.
You’ll see actual Pearl Harbor attack bullet holes and battle damage in the windows of the historic hangar that’s filled with warbirds, helicopters, jets, and the aircraft restoration shop. Overall visitors know the history of World War II and its tide with the aviation revolution.
Each day there are an additional 1,300 free tickets given out at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center on a first come, first serviced basis; gates open at 7:00 AM. Admission will also include a walk along the shoreline to experience the incredible Path of Attack tour and entrance to the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center. The Museum also offers visitors a free audio tour in six languages, a Gift Store, and the WWII themed Laniakea Café which serves gourmet burgers, sandwiches, fresh island salads, daily specials, wine and beer. This full-day tour at Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular excursions on the island.
To visit the museum, board the mandatory Ford Island visitor shuttle bus (bring photo ID) outside the visitor center’s Aloha Court. The first aircraft hangar has been outfitted with exhibits on the Pearl Harbor attack, the Doolittle Raid on mainland Japan in 1942 and the pivotal Battle of Midway, when the tides of WWII in the Pacific turned in favor of the Allies.