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

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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159 reviews 159 reviews
84 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It is old but it isn't worth the hassle of getting your car inspected as you enter an active military base. It wasn't worth the money either. Our young children weren't allowed to climb or be carried up the stairs. I thought the view was so so and the fee excessive. There are free lighthouses with less hassle.

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Rockport, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I love lighthouses and this place has two for one. They are on a military base so there are restrictions and searches of your vehicle, but it is really not a big deal.

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King George, Virginia, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This was the 6th or 7th lighthouse I've been to - we enjoyed the interpreters talk and the fact that you get two lighthouses right next to each other. The top of the light is glassed in and there is a lot of grafiti, but it was a fairly easy climb and a big part of US history. The gift... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Had so much fun exploring this lighthouse and the nearby grounds. Beautiful area. If you're at 1st landing, stop by.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We went here to take photos of the lighthouse. Did not know it was on a base so be prepared though your car will searched before you are able to go see the lighthouse. There is two here one is still active so you are only able to take photos of it. The other you are able to go up... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

it's about a 10 minute drive from beach make sure your car is empty of luggage etc you will have to turn car off pop the trunk and hood and glove box and console and get out of your car because it is on a military base if it's lightning the lighthouse will b closed it was a nice time... More

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Orange, Virginia, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This experience was very educational for our elementary age grandchildren and also a fun time. They enjoyed climbing up into the lighthouse via the spiral staircase and then the beautiful view from above.There was a historical presentation by the staff there which was very informative. The kids received a certificate for their participation which they can take home with them.... More

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