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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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It's a great place to go visit. When you get there, your car is searched which makes sense because it's on a military base. It's absolutely beautiful at the winter. A couple times ago I was there, there was this great man who ran the lighthouse and the tour but when I went last time, he was gone and they... More

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Cincinnati, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It has been here for almost the entire life of the United States. My favorite lighthouse. I love the photo opportunities bot inside and outside

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This Lighthouse can be accessed via Fort Story Military Base on the end of Atlantic Ave. They normally search your car but we had a military friend with us so they didn't search us.You can also view the New Cape Henry Lighthouse as they are very close, however you can't go in the new one. It says its 191 steps... More

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portland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

After completely missing the turn off for the lighthouse (the GPS led us to the wrong entrance to the base), we finally made it to the visitor's entrance. After a thorough search of our car and 10 minutes of trying to find the latch for the hood of our rental car, we were giving a pass and very strict instructions... More

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Savannah, GA
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Interesting stop on our trip through Virginia Beach. Nice views from the observation platform of both the lighthouses, the ocean and bay, and even the bay-bridge tunnel in the distance. We didn't have the time or energy to do the climb to the top of the lighthouse, but as others have noted, I'm sure the views are great. Keep in... More

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Lebanon, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We loved seeing the two lighthouses of Cape Henry. Although they are located on a military base and you have to go through checkpoint with a vehicle search it is well worth it to see!! The observation platform gives a perfect view of the lighthouses from afar and is great for getting that perfect picture. We did not climb the... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The steps are not as demanding as it sounds from the guides and it was worth the climb as long as the wetahre is good as it was for us - otherwise it may be a bit pointless. Make sure you take ID with you to get in - you are accessing via an active military installation and they wanted... More

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Henderson, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited the lighthouse and were not disappointed. The lighthouse(s) are located on a military base so our vehicle was searched, not a big deal. There are 191 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The climb is worth it to see the amazing view! You will not be disappointed....

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Lighthouse is located on the military base. If you have military ID you get right through, without military ID your car has to be inspected before entering the base. With military ID you can also visit the beach area, without military ID you are limited to the lighthouse and the Cape Henry Memorial within walking distance of the lighthouse.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We didn't do our research on this attraction so wasn't aware that the lighthouse was on a military base and that we would have to go through a security gate check. Passengers have to get out of the car while they do a quick search of the car. Once this is done, you can then drive to the two lighthouses.... More

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