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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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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family stopped here today and it was really nice. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. You can tell they really care about the lighthouse and the guests. The stairs were a bit intimidating but went at my own pace...and got to the top....More

Thank hyannayon
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This historical landmark is a must see when visiting Virginia Beach! It doesn't hurt that the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable of the lighthouse.

Thank r_c1208
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ths is an awesome lighthouse experience. We search for these in our travels, and this one is especially interesting because it has two lighthouses within a walking distance. Well worth the stop and money!

Thank Stacy G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

From the base at the visitor shop to the top of the lighthouse is ~191 steps. I enjoyed the numerous fun facts along the route as it gave me a good excuse to stop and catch my breath for a second. There is a great...More

Thank TravelKat21
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was the first one up the lighthouse this morning, by the time I came back down the lighthouse was closing because the top gets too hot! Would have liked to spend more time at the top but it really was a sauna. I snapped...More

1  Thank Iva V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic lighthouse located at Cape Henry. It is on a military base so bring your I,D.! You can climb the light house but you should be in shape.

Thank Lertjr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can climb all he way to the top of the old lighthouse! And the 360 views are amazing. The Frenzel lens in it really cool too. There's a souvenir shop that has a wonderful selection of lighthouse images and lots of items the kids...More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like lighthouses, too looke this one. It's the first lighthouse built in America. You can climb to the top. The price is a bit steep for what you get, but it costs money to preserve a national treasure.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though I've been to the lighthouse quite a few times, it never gets old. To see history and to be able to climb to the top is amazing. You can see for miles, from the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel to open ocean. There are a...More

Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's on a military base so they have to search the car. While I understand that, I thought the guys doing it could have been a little nicer, I understand they are military and just trying to get the job done but it made the...More

Thank Beachcomber909
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July 17, 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
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
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.