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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: 757 422 9421
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
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Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The lighthouse was wonderful and the price was minimal. You do not have to pay anything to actually get to the base of it, only if you wish to go to the top. There are age restrictions to ascend so make sure you review those policies before going! There is an actual ladder that you must climb so limited mobility... More 

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I am a fan of lighthouses and this one is very nice. There is a hike up to it via stairs after you pay to enter it but the view up close to the lighthouse and upstairs in the lighthouse are great. It is on a military base so you have to have your car searched and provide ID prior... More 

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Belvidere, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This sight is located in a joint-military base. You have to go through their secure checkpoint to enter the facility. Of course, I understand they want to make sure you don't have an AK47 or a car bomb stuffed under the hood of your car, but prepare for some 20 year old kids doing just short of a full body... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had a great time visiting and learning about the history of the lighthouse and the first landing.

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Clyde, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The view here of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic ocean. The area is quiet and close to all the local fun places. Go here and you won't be disappointed.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Great views, nice history, pricier than it should be. Too bad people can't keep their graffiti off the windows.

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Arlington, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The "old" Cape Henty Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the US. It is located on Fort Story, VA. It is open to the public, but access is controlled and civilians must use a specific entry point to the military installation. The "new" lighthouse is located next to it. It was built in 1792 and was the first... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love lighthouses in general, so no surprise that I really enjoyed the visit to the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1792. It is located on the Fort Story military base (at 89th Street). This means that if you bike or drive in through the gate, you will need to show a valid driver's license (or other picture ID).... More 

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Rolla, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I am a huge history buff and supporter of historical landmarks. It's a fairly easy climb to the top and the view is amazing! My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it. And the people working in the shop really love the history of the place.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
57 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This lighthouse is a very nice attraction. I go to Fort Story frequently for business but this was the first time that I had enough spare time to visit the lighthouse. It is not a national or state park but is owned/operated by Preservation Virginia. Below are my comments by functional area. Expectations. I am a big fan of lighthouses... More 

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