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Cape Henry Lighthouse

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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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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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 191 steps were a breeze. The view from the top was spectacular. The base staff were very friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank Oceanaskye
Reviewed 1 week ago

What is more romantic than a lighthouse ? Even more if you keep in mind that it is the oldest lighhouse in the States and from the top you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean !

Thank paolo c
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled onto the lighthouse almost by accident. Do not be concerned about going onto the military facility. Everyone was very professional and polite. So much history and beauty to enjoy. Climbed all the way to the top and the view was spectacular in a rainstorm....More

Thank 2012Aerolite
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place to stop and if you are willing, they will let you climb up to the top of the old lighthouse. Make sure you have all of your paperwork. They will search every car that enters. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to get through...More

Thank JCW3-V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

8.00 per person to climb the lighthouse, but so worth it! Great views. Like how the old and new lighthouse can be captured in one picture.

1  Thank laredo11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Cape Henry Lighthouse and was surprised by the enormous amount of history. The gift shop has all sorts of items relating to the Lighthouse and the historical markers and placards are easy to read and follow. I am glad to see that...More

Thank Annette B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on my last day in Virginia Beach. Glad I did. Really cool spot and the views from the top of the lighthouse are worth the climb! Be advised this is a naval base. Be prepared with vehicle registration and insurance documents as well as...More

Thank PeaceLoveBoba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the stop. You do need to have your car searched and your license held by the front gate, but they were friendly so no complaints. I wasn't able to go to the top of the lighthouse, but the view from the lighthouse grounds were...More

Thank cacnie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating historical location. We went there to take photos. The top of the lighthouse provides excellent views. There was an employee by the entrance to answer any questions that we might have. Lots of informational markers or signs. Very educational.

Thank dewman2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this historical sight today. The Navy base service members were so nice. You do need your ID, your insurance info, your registration and my husband had his retired military ID. We were both required to show ID. My husband’s drivers license was...More

Thank Donna C
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17 July 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just make sure you have some identification on you.
4 October 2016|
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Response from Cody J | Reviewed this property |
Not directly, no. Since the lighthouse is on military property, you have to have some way to access the base. If a cab driver was military, e.g. retired, it might be possible, but I don't know how they handle that situation... More
4 March 2016|
Response from PreservationVirginia | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. General admission is $8, Preservation Virginia members are free. We offer military, AAA, student and senior discounts. Pets are not allowed up the dune or in the tower. Service animals are welcome.