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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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This is worth doing if you're in the Virginia beach area. Nice view and fun to walk up the stairs. I was surprised to see a small ladder near the top steps. That just added to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Middlesex, New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This is worth doing if you're in the Virginia beach area. Nice view and fun to walk up the stairs. I was surprised to see a small ladder near the top steps. That just added to the fun. It gets windy around there, so plan on getting some sand in your hair...

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Rooanoke
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Awesome a must see. Beautiful view b of the ocean. Looking forward to seeing it all again come summer

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Maple Park, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Purchsed the tour with a Groupon. It was amazing, beautiful view and lots of history. Just note it is on a active miitary base so you will be searched upon entry, but it is worth it.

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Gravatai, RS
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

One hour is enough to visit it. There is admission fee. I don't consider it cheap but it is a nice place. In warm days, I would recommend to drink water a lot.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We enjoyed learning a little about the landmark, the history of the lighthouses and climbing to the top of the old lighthouse. The view was beautiful. I researched more on the lighthouse after I left but make sure to ask the ladies working to tell you more. One was particularly very informed and enjoyed hearing her stories.

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This lighthouse is on a military base but was we were quickly processed through gate and on our way. $8 admission was worth it to see this old lighthouse. Climbing stairs to top gives a great view of Chesapeake Bay entrance. Even with scattered rain during visit, we enjoyed our trip, Quick trip from Resort in Virginia beach.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great exercise going up and down those stairs. I guess what goes up must come down. And be careful with the stairs. The view from the top was amazing.

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West Chester, Ohio
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91 reviews 91 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Neat old lighthouse - across the street from the working one. Takes lot's of stairs to get to the actual lighthouse THEN to the top of the lighthouse as well. Great view. Yes - it is a working military installation & you will be asked to get out of your car, open all doors (including center console & glove compartment),... More 

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Warren PA
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Always like coming here, knowing this lighthouse was the first public work commissioned by George Washington.The view is excellent, even if you don't climb to the top. Ironwork spiral staircase can be intimidating for those with height issues, but it is worth the trek. I like their 'solution' to erosion - you can 'sponsor' a small bucket of sand and... More 

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Rochester
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122 reviews 122 reviews
11 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I wanted to see the lighthouses, they are nice structures. However, my mom wasn't able to climb for health so I just kind of walked around the base. There is a lookout to walk around but it was VERY windy. We ended up finding a nearby VA state park off base that was fantastic to spend a morning walking trails.... More 

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