Should You Bring Kids to See Pearl Harbor?
While visiting the Pearl Harbor site is a somber experience, it is also highly educational and very memorable. A trip to see Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial is a great way to pique your children’s interest in historical events. As one of the most importantly tragic events in American history, the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor can be considered a major catalyst in beginning a world war. Pearl Harbor Tours Hawaii is one of the best ways to explore this important location and fully understand the implications of this major invent in American and global history.
Admission to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial is free, but space is limited, and tickets are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. You can choose to reserve your and your family’s tickets online for a small processing fee of $1.50. You may also choose to the site very early, at about 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. to reserve your space.
One important thing to remember on your trip to see Pearl Harbor is that bags are not allowed into the USS Arizona Memorial or the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Visitors of Pearl Harbor and the various memorial sites will need to stow their bags in their cars or tour busses. Visitors are allowed to bring personal items past the gate, such as cameras and bottles of water, but there may be a small fee per item, and personal belongings must be visible at all times. For this reason, it may be inconvenient to bring very small children who require supplies such as diapers, bottles, changes of clothing, etc. However, strollers are allowed into the site, so parents should not fret about their children’s ability to walk or stand for several hours.
On the other hand, school age children, perhaps six or seven years old, are certain to sincerely enjoy the tour, and there is no shortage of history to learn when you take them to see Pearl Harbor. With five historic sites that make up the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the USS Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor itself, a day at this location will absolutely leave an impression upon your children. One can only imagine the clearer and more concrete picture your children will have of the events leading up to World War II as a result of this tour. Book a tour today by calling Discover Hawaii Tours at 808-670-3743.
Written By: Leo Malagon