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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
757 422 9421
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Activities: Hiking
Description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
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Islamorada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our 4 year old grandson got to hike to the top as he is 42" tall... he was thrilled! It is 191 steps up the mound and then to the top of the lighthouse - pick a cool time of day as there is no ventilation. What a gorgeous view of the ocean and the new lighthouse across the street.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

One of the oldest lighthouses in the US located at the month of the Chesapeake bay. A lot of history played out on this site. Great fun to climb up the lighthouse, and great little gift shop.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you want to stand in a place where history started, you will love this. We liked the view from the dunes at sunrise. Easy walking trails

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Located about a 15 minute drive from the main boardwalk area of Virginia Beach is the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located within an active military facility, Fort Story. Due to this, be aware that when entering, your car will be inspected by military personnel. In addition, you will need drivers licenses for all adult visitors, as well... More

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

8 dollars each to climb to the top and that was it. This seems like a ripoff. The military checkpoint was a new experience

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Cairo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Entering the military base is part of this experience including having your vehicle searched by very polite, courteous and competent military police. Great shop with helpful staff (one shortly heading to my hometown of Glasgow, Scotland). 191 steps to the top with quite a scary ladder to the viewing area. Great view. Well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

You walk up the lighthouse yourself, but there is an information session periodically outside of the lighthouse. Which gives you information of not just the lighthouse, but the surrounding area, the government and also some history.

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was so cool to see! It is on a military base so you have to have ID, proof of insurance, and registration for the vehicle. They then search your car. They tell you a lot of stuff in a short time, I mean they are military people, so make sure you get it all! It's pretty much just that... More

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A valuable piece of this country's early history and well worth a visit. The climb can be a bit tough for some especially in hot weather (over 70 steps just to get to the site of the lighthouse). The views from the top are wonderful and if you are lucky enough to be up there with only a few others,... More

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Darlington PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a great experience, after the military search which was necessary because you're on a base but a little bit scary as you have to get out of the car and everything. The soldiers were nice but by nature very quiet and serious so it's intimidating. After the clearance we enjoyed the walk up to the lighthouse and some staying... More

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