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“Definitely Should See This on Your VB Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
757 422 9421
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Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Take a recommended drive to the oldest government-built lighthouse in America.
California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Definitely Should See This on Your VB Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I have been to this place twice now since moving to the area. It was great both times. The staff are very nice and its a minimum donation to get into the light house. It is definitely worth it. The view is great once you make it to the top. However, I will say it's not for the faint of heart! You have to climb A LOT of stairs to make it to the top and if you're afraid of heights, probably not the best idea. Other than that, the only thing that is a hassle is the checkpoint into the area because it's on a military base, but this is understandable and the guys are usually friendly.

Visited April 2013
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Kihei, Hawaii
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Must See Attraction!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a very interesting and historical site to see. There is an onsite gift shop and small fee to enter the lighthouse ($5). All proceeds go towards the renovation and upkeep of the grounds. You will definitely get your exercise for the day climbing the almost 200 stairs to the top. Not a bad little climb and easy for just about anyone. Make sure you have your DL, Current vehicle ins card, and current registration, as you will need to present it at the gate. Remember you are actually entering a U.S. Military Base to see this attraction.

Visited October 2013
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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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“Long Weekend in Virginia Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband and I spent a very pleasant, long weekend in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. We decided to take an afternoon and visit the Cape Henry Lighthouse. We'd driven past it in previous years, but this was our first visit. The lighthouse is on a military base, so be sure to do your homework first, but it is worth the effort. Its very interesting and you can climb all the way to the top for a lovely view of the ocean. There are lots of stairs, so wear comfortable shoes!

Visited October 2013
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Lewes, Delaware
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“Worth the stop and $5 to help the preservation of history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Be prepared for two checkpoints and a car search, and have all personal and auto credentials at the ready. The lighthouse itself isn't impressive as lighthouses go, nor was it as demanding to climb up to as many others. Interesting to be looking at the new light as you visit the old. Up top photo ops are challenged by scratched and/or wet glass. It's also about ten degrees warmer at the top with the sun blazing in through the light panels so in summer, cloudy day might offer more comfortable climbing. The base pass is good for 4 hours but to see just the light doesn't even take an hour if you're fit and able bodied. Porta potty is only restroom option I saw, so I don't recommend the climb on a full tank ;)

Visited October 2013
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Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Getting on the premises took a little while, since it's on a military base. You need to show driver's license, proof of insurance, and car registration. They also can search your vehicle, which they did. It was fine... just took some time.
One look at that beautiful lighthouse, and it was worth the wait. Actually, there are two - the old Cape Henry and the newer one. You can climb the steps in the old one, but not the newer one.

Visited October 2013
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