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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-8048
+1 757-422-9421
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was the first one up the lighthouse this morning, by the time I came back down the lighthouse was closing because the top gets too hot! Would have liked to spend more time at the top but it really was a sauna. I snapped...More

Thank Iva V
Reviewed 2 days ago

Historic lighthouse located at Cape Henry. It is on a military base so bring your I,D.! You can climb the light house but you should be in shape.

Thank Lertjr
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can climb all he way to the top of the old lighthouse! And the 360 views are amazing. The Frenzel lens in it really cool too. There's a souvenir shop that has a wonderful selection of lighthouse images and lots of items the kids...More

Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you like lighthouses, too looke this one. It's the first lighthouse built in America. You can climb to the top. The price is a bit steep for what you get, but it costs money to preserve a national treasure.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though I've been to the lighthouse quite a few times, it never gets old. To see history and to be able to climb to the top is amazing. You can see for miles, from the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel to open ocean. There are a...More

Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's on a military base so they have to search the car. While I understand that, I thought the guys doing it could have been a little nicer, I understand they are military and just trying to get the job done but it made the...More

Thank Beachcomber909
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice view once you get to the top of it...no time limit. You can get some nice panoramic shots. Be healthy to do the climb!

Thank mary p
Reviewed 1 week ago

The light house at Fort Story provides visitors a fantastic view of both the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Climbing to the top is somewhat difficult for seniors and small children but is well worth the effort. Bring a camera or binoculars. A great...More

Thank DonaldHague
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was ok, I had never been before and didn't realize it was on Army Base, they do have to search your car before you can enter, overall it was okay not sure if I would do this again!

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the light house, actually both lighthouses. If you have it in you climb to the top of the old lighthouse. The view is AMAZING from the top. Since it is on an active base be prepared to show I'D and have your vehicle...More

Thank Debra1909
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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.
3 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.