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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, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
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Type: Lighthouses, 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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Arlington, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
52 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Great sights of the month of the Bay and surrounding sea area; it's really impressive. Suggest a walk out to the beach afterwards.

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Beautiful landmark. Easy climb to the top. 191 steps and a short ladder at the very top. The view is a 360 degree amazing view on a clear day. Worth the trip. Easy to get on the base. Just show your rental car agreement and your license and then they search your car and let you on base.

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Jacksonville
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We paid $8 each to climb to the top of the lighthouse. It was nice to experience the historic ambience, and the view over the ocean was STUNNING. The narrow spiral stairs we had to climb to get almost to the top of the lighthouse put my heart in my mouth - and the steep ship ladder we'd been warned... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

In GA it is not required to carry your vehicle registration in your vehicle at all times like it is in other states. If you want to get on base to see the light house please bring your vehicle registration and drivers license to get on base. We were turned around at the gate so I really didn't get to... More 

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ARLINGTON
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The GPS says it's one more mile, but we are at the gate of an active military base, deciding whether to ask the guard or just turn around and leave. We asked and yes, the lighthouse is indeed on an active base. You have to provide your registration, proof of insurance, driver's license and then they search your car. Now,... More 

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you love lighthouses, like I do, then you need to make a visit to the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Actually, there are two lighthouses, the original and the new. You can pay a small fee and walk up the steps of the old lighthouse and get listen to a docent tell you how this was the first lighthouse built in... More 

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