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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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King George, Virginia, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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9 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved seeing the lighthouses,,,the new and old is there, however to get to this you had to go thr a military gate,

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

charged $8 per person to walk up, this is on a military base, with all the taxes i pay you would think i would get something free for it

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

While I was a little surprised as I followed my navigation and realized this was within a military base, it was well worth the hoops needed to "jump through" to get onto the base and see the lighthouse. The history was amazing, the setting was beautiful and the views were breathtaking.

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Pennsylvania
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46 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You do have to go on an active military base to view the lighthouses! So it does take more time in getting in and they do a quick look over of your vehicle to so you have to get out and open all doors etc but they were really nice and easy to get along with. You can walk up... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Be aware this light house is on a military base and therefore you have to go through a checkpoint and possible search. My dad is military so we had no problems. There is a very nice beach in this area as well. This is a attraction that is very well worth it. I had a great time

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