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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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We arrived to the security check point right at 10.because it gets very busy. Get your walking shoes on to go up to the top of Cape Henry lighthouse.. It was very neat to walk... read more

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Tammy W
Coleman, Wisconsin, United States
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Coleman, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived to the security check point right at 10.because it gets very busy. Get your walking shoes on to go up to the top of Cape Henry lighthouse.. It was very neat to walk the spiral staircase to the top and very warm. I believe it was like 192 steps to the top and then you can overlook parts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We truly enjoyed visiting this lighthouse. It is historic. Nice gift shop too. There is a pathway from the gift shop, where tickets to the lighthouse are purchased, to the lighthouse. Have your drivers licemse, car registration and insurance card handy when entering FT Story, where the lighthouse is located.

Thank Kim A
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The lighthouses are a local favorite especially when family comes to town. They are not handicap accessible in any way and there are A LOT of steps. The brick one, the original, is the only one that is tour-able since the black and white one is currently in operation.

Thank KaraGB
Dickinson, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had to do some stair walking to the top but the view was worth it. The history of the lighthouse blew me away but then again I'm a history nut.

Thank JamesK16
Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there because of a Groupon and it turned out to be a nice educational trip during our week long stay in VA Beach. As one of the oldest standing lighthouses in the country it was good to take a trip to the top and learn about the light. You can see the "new" and still functional lighthouse in one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a quick and highly educational trip to the lighthouse. Be aware that you enter through the base check point. It is marked with a sign for the lighthouse. They will ask for id's for everyone and search your vehicle. Once in the fee for the climb, yes many stairs and a cast iron spiral stair case to the... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cape Henry Lighthouse is no longer a working lighthouse, and is right across the street from the newer working lighthouse. It is the 1st lighthouse to be authorized by the First United States Congress and was erected in 1791. It is in fantastic condition and very well maintained. As mentioned by others, you do need your ID to get onto... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As others have mentioned you do need to clear security and car inspection as the two lighthouses are on a military base. Our toddler was under the height restriction so my wife and i took turns climbing the the old lighthouse(you cannot go into the active lighthouse). We both saw parents struggling with children who met the height restriction to... More 

Thank kokonut33
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our week of vacation was just about over so we decided to wrap it up with a visit to this lighthouse. We were looking forward to seeing the view from the top. Our first minor snag was at the gate. Our 2 youngest had just turned 16 in April and we've never come across needing to carry ID's for them... More 

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Axton, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well we made the drive to see a light house and apparently there is a civilian gate! They close that at 4:30 not 5 like the flyer states. Such a big disappointment especially when you have kids in the car that are excited about going. We were told that they were moody before stopping in that they were not consistent... More 

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