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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited the Cape Henry Lighthouse 3 times now. Every time we bring a different family member with us on vacation, we take them here and climb to the top of it! This is the ONLY lighthouse I have ever been in and I...More

Thank tptybre
Reviewed 4 days ago

This light house is a great part of American history; constructed in the early 1790s, this light house was the first federally funded project in our nation's history. The light house is in great shape for its age, and has a great view once you...More

Thank chrisr20132017
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Cape Henry Lighthouse is on the national historic landmark (it was built in 1782), and the first federal construction project. You can climb it for a great view of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and you may even catch a view of a...More

Thank lbeller1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Such a nice diversion...cute little gift shop. Climb the steps and count them as you go for fun! Great view from the top albeit a bit tight getting up there at the top. We saw dolphins and a submarine passing by.

Thank michele b
Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to visit and were very surprised that we were searched inside and out of our vehicle but suppose that is all due to 911. We found the lighthouse interesting but coming from N.C. and all the lovely ones we have on the Outer...More

Thank krwatts
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is on a military base so be prepared to have your car registration and driver's license ready. The lighthouse has 191 steps I think. This is not a good activity to do with Young children. They would not let you carry kids up the...More

Thank Nikki J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here to climb the tower of the old Cape Henry Lighthouse and to take pictures of both the old and new Cape Henry Lighthouses. They have a gift shop where you also pay a small fee to climb the tower. Since these lighthouses...More

Thank retired111
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cape Henry Lighthouse is significant for many reasons, but most importantly, it was the first federally funded infrastructure project in the US. President George Washington authorized it. Guests can enter the lighthouse and go up to the top. Visitors will want to be physically...More

Thank Ron B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the historical information, beautiful location. Great place to get nice pictures. You do have to go through a car inspection as it is on a naval/marine base.

Thank Harry S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First lighthouse authorized the US Congress way back in the day. Great views from the top. Small children not allowed up so you will have to take turns. It's also on an active military base, so be prepared to have your car searched on the...More

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Can you bring a taxi to the check point?
October 3, 2016|
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Response from Cody J | Reviewed this property |
Not directly, no. Since the lighthouse is on military property, you have to have some way to access the base. If a cab driver was military, e.g. retired, it might be possible, but I don't know how they handle that situation... More
How much does it cost and can u bring ur dog
March 4, 2016|
Response from PreservationVirginia | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. General admission is $8, Preservation Virginia members are free. We offer military, AAA, student and senior discounts. Pets are not allowed up the dune or in the tower. Service animals are welcome.
Kimberly C
How handicap accessible is it?
November 1, 2015|
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Response from Kenneth K | Reviewed this property |
The gift shop and overlook are accessible but the lighthouse has steep steps to reach it. Also the spiral staircase inside the lighthouse are not accessible.