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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...

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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Awesome experience, short visit but worth it, pretty!

This is a side trip from a Va beach function we attended. We found a groupon for half off the entrance fee so it was just $10 for all 4 of us to get in. There are 2 lighthouses... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a side trip from a Va beach function we attended. We found a groupon for half off the entrance fee so it was just $10 for all 4 of us to get in. There are 2 lighthouses but u can only get in and climb the old one which was built in the 1700s. This was the first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun to visit and read about the Fort and the two lighthouses. The staff are helpful. Tours are available.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not a lot going on in the Virginia Beach area in November so we drove to the military base to see this lighthouse. The guards definitely spend some time making sure you are not going to cause harm but it wasn't a long wait. (Probably longer in the summer.) They give you 2 hours to go to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting on base actually took longer than the climb itself. Have your driver's license, registration and insurance ready when you get to the guard gate. Quick search, more like a look through, and we were on our way. Take your time and read the signs along the way. Historical markers tell the story. It wasn't crowded at all on a... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cape Henry Lighthouse is an icon for the Tidewater area. It is a tremendous reminder of shipping in ages past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit, it is on an active base so be sure to have registration of car as well as proof of insurance as well as identification of individuals, 191 steps to top on spiral staircase but with a couple rest stops

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took our 10 and 15 year old boys to see the lighthouse. They walked all the way up and saw the beach from the top of the lighthouse. The history was informative and the gift shop had some nice souvenirs. We bought the tickets on Groupon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful visit once you cleared security. The lighthouse is on a active military base. The military staff are professional and courteous. The lighthouse claim to be the first built in the US. Very enjoyable time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Inside a Military base had to have car searched and our IDENTITY checked I rather enjoyed it. Lighthouse was awesome easy walk up and history great views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit, but allow 10 mins to get through as security as its on a military base. Lots of steps to light house then spiral staircase to the top, its worth the effort as the views are stunning. If you have a backpack you will need to wear it on you front or leave it behind. There are... More 

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