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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Dune Restoration Project in Progress The dune at Cape Henry Lighthouse is currently undergoing restoration and the lighthouse tower is temporarily inaccessible for climbing. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2019. During...more
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had to turn back because foreigners, that too in Uber, can't enter the military base. Wish some one would have already mentioned it here before I headed there. Could have saved time and money.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

It was fascinating being on the military base, but the older light house is under construction so we were not allowed to tour it and you cannot get very close to the new lighthouse. The staff and the bus driver were very nice, and maybe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cindyt414
Reviewed November 17, 2018

A 2-for- one special in that you get to see the old and new lighthouses. We tried 4 times to get to see this lighthouse when we were here 11 months ago, and when we got into the fort, we found out that it was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pollentec
Reviewed November 16, 2018

First, both lighthouses and all of the monuments are located on an Active Duty military base so be prepared to gain access with photo ID, vehicle registration and insurance. Beautiful location, especially with both lighthouses. The monument (Cape Henry Memorial Cross) to the first English...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kevin B
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Was in VA beach on business.. decided to take a look at this lighthouse. Drove the distance, which was not bad from the shopping district.. Got to the military checkpoint and only then did we realize the lighthouse did not open until 10am The military...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank loridE8289TL
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We found it easy to access because we have military ID's. Very historic lighthouse and sits very close to the New Cape Henry Lighthouse. We had no desire to climb it so were not bothered by the renovations going on. Gift shop personnel were very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SharpShoey
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Gift shop open. Lighthouse closed for renovation. Access to military base in order to get to this - and they wanted a copy of our auto insurance. (We were traveling in a rental car.) Make sure you walk on to the beach to view the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed October 25, 2018

There was great security to get on the base. Small van to take us to the lighthouse. Only problem the lighthouse is being repaired for 6 months so cannot go up. Walked to see the harbour and statues, great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thomas M
Reviewed October 14, 2018

There is little notice that this "attraction" is on the grounds of Fort Story and requires a lengthy search and surrendering your drivers license after a lecture about where you can and cannot go. They said the lighthouse was closed for renovations... what they failed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The best thing was our tour guide as he was so knowledgeable of history and about lighthouses. The big disapointment is that the lighthouses were closed due to renovation.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kimberly S
August 25, 2018|
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Response from monroe736 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Anyone can get on as long as there is not a security shutdown. A valid is is required to get on base.
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
I had my dog with me and left it in the car. There are no restrictions with bringing dogs on base.
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have military identification your vehicle may have to go through an inspection.
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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse (3 Replies)
Hi everyone, Staying in Williamsburg next week and will be coming to Va Beach for a day. Just trying to plan a little. How long is the drive? I know mileage but not traffic in area. Also does anyone know how long does it take usually to get to the lighthouse thru the base security and stuff. Thanks
May 12, 2009|
Response fromTarHeelLady|
When I visited the Cape Henry Lighthouse last Memorial Day weekend, there were about 3 cars ahead of us in line, and it took several minutes per car, so it was about 25 minutes before we got to the lighthouse. They need to see ID for everyone in the vehicle, and all passengers must get out so they can search the car thoroughly, from glove compartment to trunk. They even used a mirror to look under the car, but they were very pleasant and efficient the whole time.