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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
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+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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Lots of Steps! Worth it!

We had a Groupon - it is located on an active miliatry base FYI. It was a lot of stairs to climb but we did it and the view at the top of the lighthouse was worth the sweat! Don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
amira82985
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Virginia, USA
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Virginia, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a Groupon - it is located on an active miliatry base FYI. It was a lot of stairs to climb but we did it and the view at the top of the lighthouse was worth the sweat! Don't go in this during a very hot summer day you will suffocate inside the tight spiral staircase of lighthouse, it's... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the view from the top of this light house. You have to climb stair after stair after stair. This excursion is not for the out of shape... What goes up must come down... Enjoy.

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Bozeman, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While our visit at Christmas-time limited us some level of access, we enjoyed visiting the lighthouse and the military base. The vetting process at the base entrance was enhanced; however, the military personell were very courteous and efficient. We learned of historical matters of relevance that we were previously unaware of the area.

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Denton, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To end a weekend birthday trip we stopped by the lighthouse before heading to the airport. It was my friends first time seeing a lighthouse in person let alone climbing one, very apropos it was also the first lighthouse built in the US. Beautiful views.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I absolutely love taking people to this lighthouse. Most people don't know that it is located in Virginia Beach, the tourists expect to have to go to the North Carolina Outer Banks to see lighthouses so this is a fun surprise. It does get very hot on hot days, there is little ventilation at the top (so prepare to sweat).... More 

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mooresville, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Could only see it from a distance, and then its blocked by trees Handicapped cannot climb all the steps. 180 plus.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Cape Henry lighthouse is a great stop in VB. An impressive old masonry structure, authorized by Geo. Washington himself. Because it is on a military base, make sure you bring photo ID and the car registration & insurance cards. (We had to get our insurance proof on our phone screen; thank you USAA!)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

This light house is a great piece of history and you can tour it and climb to the top. The view from the top is beautiful. There is quite a bit of history to be learned here. If you like history I definitely recommend visiting this lighthouse.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

The Lighthouse is located on an active military base so be prepared to exit your car for a search before entering. The soldiers were very nice and quick. The older lighthouse can be toured and has wonderful views of the area. Lots of information signs telling you the history of the area! The newer lighthouse is beautiful but as it... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Make sure you visit the website and look at the dates that the lighthouse is closed. Historically fantastic and many storytelling items within a brief 30 minute walk. Located in the historic Fort Landing, make sure you have your vehicle insurance and ID ready along with a vehicle search. A friendly reminder that this is located inside an active base.

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