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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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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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299 reviews 299 reviews
131 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was beautiful. We even had the chance to visit the beach here. I just didn't like all the steps as I am disabled and cannot climb over 90 steps at one time. It is a very interesting place steeped in history. I loved it.

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Madison, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We drove hours to see this site. Got to the gate with our ID's, proof of insurance, realizing our vehicle would be searched. Guard at the gate was rude. Told us we would have to wait for all other traffic to get through then turn around and go through the gate again. It's ridiculous that they can't make this more... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visited "old" and "new Cape Henry lighthouses over the 4th of July weekend. It is a once in a lifetime event to see 2 lighthouses so close together. If you are a lighthouse nut like we are, you will really enjoy the history behind these lighthouses. The "lighthouse keepers" are very good at explaining everything and very friendly. The gift... More

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