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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
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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A MUST SEE!!

This is a must see when visiting Virginia Beach. We had no clue that it was on a Navy Base, so it was a bit confusing at first, but once we got on base the lighthouse was... read more

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We drove 15-20 minutes to see the lighthouse, but because everyone over the age of 16 had to bring ID (and my son and I had not brought ours) we were not able to enter the base. Decided not to return. I guess I missed in all the reviews where it said that it was on a military base and... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see when visiting Virginia Beach. We had no clue that it was on a Navy Base, so it was a bit confusing at first, but once we got on base the lighthouse was BEAUTIFUL. Please know that you will have to climb 196 steps/ladder to get to the top but it is WELL WORTH it. The... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Two historic lighthouses, but one is still operational and cannot be visited. The first US lighthouse costs $7 or $8 to visit. If you don't want to pay there's nothing to see. There's a climb up the hill/dune to the impressive stone lighthouse and a good view even if don't climb the inside staircase and ladder to the top inside.... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am unsure if people without a military ID can visit this place, as we had to go through the Ft. Story gate. It looks like the 1800's house is being reconstructed. The 1700's house is open for a climb for $8, or free for those in military uniform. We were able to get to the beach where we saw... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the lighthouse because it was listed as one of the sights to see while in town. Unfortunately, no one mentioned that it was located on an active military base. When you get to the gate, make sure you have IDs for everyone in the car, proof of registration, and proof of insurance. They will also do a full... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes you have to go through a "rigamarole" to get here including car search as it's on a base but it was worth it. It had just rained so the temp was ok for us. The cool thing is you can take a picture of the new lighthouse from the old lighthouse you are up in....

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tower was closed due to extreme heat, but we were still able to go and see the base of the lighthouse, which I found very intriguing. My only complaint is that is was incredibly expensive to pay to even do that. Afterwords we walked over to the dunes and down onto the amazing beach so I guess that made... More 

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

This light house is fun and interesting. It is shine up it but I would definitely do it again. The view is breathtaking and it is worth the fee.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went during a heat wave and they didn't allow you to climb to the top because of the heat. We paid the $ fee which we thought was high to walk to the base of the light house. It took 10 minutes top and we paid $20 for a family of four.

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Jacksboro, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a cool old lighthouse with a lot of history. We did not know you had to pass thru the Naval Base gate to get to the lighthouse. It is strict at the gate they search you and your vehicle. You are asked to get out of the vehicle and open the hood of your car so they can... More 

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