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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: 757 422 9421
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in...
Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
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Great historic site and lighthouse

Access to site is limited by being in a military compound and visitors have to id and have their car searched. Attractive and historical structure of remarkable stone construction... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Tappahannock, Virginia
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Tappahannock, Virginia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Access to site is limited by being in a military compound and visitors have to id and have their car searched. Attractive and historical structure of remarkable stone construction - the old lighthouse. The new lighthouse is not open to the public. Take the stairs to the top for a beautiful 360 degree view of the approaches to the Chesapeake... More 

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a grand old lighthouse sitting just yards from the new lighthouse. Great view Be aware the lighthouses are located on an active military base (Ft .Story) and requires extensive security check and vehicle inspections prior to entry.

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Millersville
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cape Henry is a military base. Getting to see the lighthouse is pretty cool because they have to go over our car and you to see if you are carrying any weapons. Once past the gate you park and then you are able to climb the 109 steps or so up to the top of the Old lighthouse but there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

A great family afternoon. Fantastic piece of history. Unbelievable view of Atlantic ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Getting on to Forty Story base is a bit of a hassle but worth the time.

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

During our last visit to Virginia Beach, we took half a day to visit Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. If you like history, you don't want to miss it. The local guide was very informative and the whole site is worth the trip.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well worth the climb for the views. Nice little shop. About an hour will suffice, although you could make it two if you're a history/lighthouse fan. The vehicle inspection is really not bad. Remember, you are entering a military base.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a great lighthouse to see. It is on a military base, and you will have your car searched at the gate. But it is a smooth procedure. Lots of history there, and staff was very friendly and informative. A must see for sure for anyone visiting the Virginia Beach area.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Great view. Quick stop. Maybe an hour. Long flight of stairs to climb. Friendly staff. Trying to add sand to the base using help from travelers!

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Rochester
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This a great little stop, especially for lighthouse fans or history buffs. Getting on to the base is really a very small inconvenience: the likelihood of being shot at the gate is minimal, and those "Full body cavity inspections" can be fun if you give them a chance. LOL The best part is that you get to see two lighthouses... More 

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Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Most visitors do not venture far from the boardwalk but this is a short drive to visit a historical site. Well worth the time.

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