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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

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...More

Thank VOKane
Reviewed 21 August 2016 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...More

Thank DrPecs
Reviewed 20 August 2016 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...More

Thank Larissa M
Reviewed 19 August 2016

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...More

Thank weary_traveller25
Reviewed 16 August 2016

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...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 14 August 2016

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...More

Thank Nella G
Reviewed 13 August 2016 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.

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 9 August 2016

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...More

Thank Tanya M
Reviewed 9 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank Mark J
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Was excellent just beware you are going on military base and they will search your vehicle make sure you don't have weapons including knives.

1  Thank jfortenberry33
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18 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
5 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.