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Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Chickamauga, Georgia, United States
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Had a great time, the staff was WONDERFUL and it was so beautiful! It is located on the military base so be prepared for a search of your vehicle, but other than that, it was a great experience!

Visited March 2013
Thank Lacey T
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great view and great memories...”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was great to take my kids to walk up Cape Henry Lighthouse. You actually walk up inside the old one. This one is retired. The new one is an active lighthouse (right next door) and not accessible (open to the public). The light house has lots of steps so be prepared but the views are worth it. I brought my kids b/c this is where my husband proposed in'94. I hadn't been back since then. It was great to show the kids this spot but sadly their dad was not with us on this trip. Be prepared with your drivers license, car registration and car insurance. We were in a rental car so my car rental agreement was fine. They did have us out of the car, pop the trunk and the hood. They did have me open the hood- took a minute b/c it was a rental and was not sure how to open it. The guys at the gate were friendly and did their jobs. No bathrooms (maybe portable potties) at lighthouse. Stop before you drive on base. The views are stunning! A hidden gem!

Visited March 2013
Thank Natalie S
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Jackson, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A lot of stairs and climbing ladders lol.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

it's a pretty view! we went on a rainy day so it was a little hard to see out of the lighthouse but it was so much fun! there was sooooo many stairs we had to climb. it was a real adventure. we got some great photos.

don't be alarmed, it's on an army base. so when you drive in they search your car and take all your info down. just open all your doors and step to the side,it only takes a few minutes!

it's a quick visit... maybe 30-40 minutes, depending on how long you spend in the really awesome gift shop or up top of the lighthouse. 30 minutes climbing up, 10 minutes taking pictures and browsing lol!

Visited February 2013
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was cool for the kids to get to see what it's like to enter a military base, and explain the security to them. Then the lighthouse was fun and interesting for 30 or 40 minutes. The staff at the shop were very pleasant and informative too. Great photo opportunity from the top of the lighthouse.

Visited March 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Prepare Ahead, but Worth the Effort.”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The lighthouse is on the Fort Story base and this requires a few pieces of documentation to enter. You will need the driver's license of the driver of the vehicle, your car registration and a paper copy of your insurance. We were informed the mobile app version will not allow entrance. We were also required to get out of our vehicle and to open the trunk, hood, and all of the doors while they looked inside. They were nice, but very thorough. You just have to be patient and to understand that they didn't make the rules, but must follow them in searching your car.

The old lighthouse sits right next to the new Cape Henry lighthouse. It requires a $5 entrance fee to climb, but you can get a discount if you are military or have AAA. The lighthouse is a pretty easy climb as far as lighthouses go. It does have a ladder for the last bit to get to the top, so make sure not to wear flip flops.

At the top, on the day we went, was the most helpful guide named, "Bob." For me, he made the trip. He is the most friendly fella and gave us so much information about the lighthouse and the bay.

It may take a bit of effort to get there, but it is a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the VA boardwalk and definitely worth the trip. Just make sure to have your documents ready for an easy entrance to the base.

Visited March 2013
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