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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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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had one rainy day at the beach and decided to check out the lighthouse. It was educational without being boring. It's a bit of a tight squeeze on the last leg of the climb, but our family of 6 made it up and back in one piece. Getting onto the military base was no big deal and the guard... More

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Williamstown, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was difficult to get through the Military checkpoint. I know there are security measures but I don't if it was worth it to just get a picture. We did not pay to go in so we had to take pictures from the park ramp area. The lighthouses were both different styles from what I have seen before.

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Millersville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Lots of steps, remember to count them. Good cardiovascular. I do suggest that the older folks do not do this, steps are skinny.

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It was an experience to climb! It was great! I had never been inside a lighthouse. It was great. It is good to take children. There are not many around so it would be good to take them before they are all gone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I've visited often throughout the years, just busted recently and relived the relaxing be visit that isn't on my nostalgic but a super cardio workout. The steep whining staircase will carry you to the top for a spectacular view of Hampton Roads. Well work the work - the view is really nice. Only bad thing is the Lighthouse Society won't... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I was little hesitant to make my way to the top of the lighthouse, but once I did it provided a great view! It is on an active military installation, so make sure you have a photo ID, proof of insurance, and registration to access the lighthouse. It's worth your time to research when they have their free tours, we... More

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Lexington, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

OK--you have to like lighthouses. But, this is a pretty cool little spot. it is the first lighthouse built by the USA. Others existed before in North America. But this one is the first commissioned by the US government. You can go in and up to the top. It no longer works. But it stands as an impressive monument to... More

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Morris, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Delightfully surprising. On a whim while visiting family, I decided to visit the lighthouse...not even knowing about the First Landing Site. The staff at the lighthouse was friendly and quite helpful. Walked the 191 steps (the first 80 some are outside of the lighthouse) and took in the view. The nearby site managed by the NPS was deeply moving and... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Yes, it's got a nice story... George Washington committed to build the first lighthouse. First of all, be prepared for just getting to the lighthouse. It's part of Fort Story / Little Creek naval base. Little Creek is home to the east coast Navy SEAL teams so, as you can imagine, there's quite a big of security to pass thru... More

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A visit to the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is quite interesting for many reasons. Entering Fort Story (the military installation in which it is located) is an education in itself. The highly professional soldiers at the gate crisply deliver their instructions for entry, check identification, and inspect the vehicle. This procedure emphasizes the security needs of our post 9/11 world.... More

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