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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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Lovely Lighthouse!

This lighthouse is located on an active military base . . . so you have to be prepared in order to visit. You must have photo identification for anyone over 18 years of age and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jenny H
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Philadelphia
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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This lighthouse is located on an active military base . . . so you have to be prepared in order to visit. You must have photo identification for anyone over 18 years of age and must have your car registration and insurance available. All cars are very thoroughly searched before you receive permission to go onsite. You are allowed to... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since I have an interest in lighthouses (and collect them) this was a nice experience for me. There is a lot of history attached to this one, which made it more interesting. The climb was easy, and, the view from the top was amazing. Would definitely recommend going to visit this lighthouse. The staff was very informative and helpful also.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great opportunity to visit a historic lighthouse. Unfortunately during the summer they close the staircase to the tower due to heat. Interesting to see the effects of erosion and how the lighthouse is now closer to the water than it was when built.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Be ready to go through military searches and security!!! The lighthouse is on a Navy base... It is worth the hassle once you climb to the top and see the views. The lighthouse is amazing and iconic. Well worth the security check and climb...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to go see the lighthouse and had a good time . The view are beautiful once you get to the top. It can get hot up there. If you don't like stairs i'd stay away since there is over a hundred steps til you get to the top. It was interesting getting to since its on a military base... More 

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Thank Traveler5555555
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I keep seeing people complain that they couldn't get on Fort Story base without their ID. . . Of course you have to have an ID to get into any military base! That's just common sense. I visited a friend that lives on base while on vacation and tried to see the lighthouse. They had the tower closed due to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great place, unfortunately we couldn't climb the lighthouse because it was too hot but we managed to get a lot of information about this construction from the super friendly staff

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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