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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent a lot of time this summer climbing lighthouses from Cape Hatteras North to Virginia Beach. This is one of the smaller ones but it was no less beautiful. What makes this so unique is it is the first official lighthouse built / commissioned in...More

Thank Chandra E
Reviewed yesterday

Holy moly!!!! This place is so much better than I thought it would be - and I had very high expectations! Each bay will cost you from $25 to $45 per hour (depending on what time you choose to go) plus a one time fee...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Please know you must go thru the Navy joint forces security to reach this site but it is well worth it. There are 2 light houses, 1 is still in use. The beach at the entrance of the base is worth a stop as well.

Thank Anita G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you have your vehicle registration and proof of insurance as you will need this to enter the active military installation. There are many steps to climb just to get to the lighthouse, then over 100 more to get to the top...including a 9-foot...More

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

As long as you are in good physical condition ,not overweight, have strong heart, good legs, endurance for walking 5miles or so & don"t suffer from vertigo i see no reason to give it a try.

Thank putts123
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is on a military base, so be sure to have photo id, car registration and insurance papers. The lighthouse is a unique piece of American history. Unfortunately, due to my fear of heights, I only made it half way up to the top. My...More

Thank Monica B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group included a grandma (me), 3 parents, and 3 children ages 7-12 in two vehicles. The volunteers or staff are very knowledgeable and enjoy answering random questions from children and adults. The steps aren't difficult but they are open, metal and spiral so the...More

1  Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has usual we had to do this and it never disappoints. The kids like the gift shop and prices are fair. After walking the 191 stairs to the top catch your breath and enjoy the view. Plus great place for a picture

Thank mjmetzler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse is at a military base. So it is true that you need an ID to go through security. You can go up one of the lighthouses, but be prepared to go up 191 steps with no rest. The view from the lighthouse is...More

1  Thank Carmen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to visit many lighthouses and I really enjoy the ones you can climb to the top. Amazing view from the top. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgable. We met 1 young lady , sorry I don't remember her name, but...More

Thank Gail H
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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.