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Cape Henry Lighthouse

Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“fort story”(116 reviews)
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...more
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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

There is little notice that this "attraction" is on the grounds of Fort Story and requires a lengthy search and surrendering your drivers license after a lecture about where you can and cannot go. They said the lighthouse was closed for renovations... what they failed...More

1  Thank rhumane
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing was our tour guide as he was so knowledgeable of history and about lighthouses. The big disapointment is that the lighthouses were closed due to renovation.

Thank Marilyndec2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This lighthouse has such significant historical meaning that it was just cool being by it. You can’t go up in it until like May of next year because they are doing a renovation on it. I see people complaining here about the military base. Yes...More

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be careful if your sat nav directs your approach from the south. This takes you through Fort Story. We were threatened with arrest for "stopping in the wrong place" at the entrance checkpoint by particularly nasty military with a very bad attitude.

Thank Stanley K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you plan on going to this location, make sure to call ahead. We checked online & the hours stated it closed at 6 pm. On our last day at Virginia Beach, we stopped by at 5:05 pm & was turned away as the hours...More

Thank Keller_Family_Travel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Normally, a 4 or 5 star rating as we come every year this week. However, the website made no mention of its closure after Labor Day. Better call ahead. Without the climb, it's an average attraction at best.

2  Thank Ed D
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Very hot for September day and a lot of drama to get inside this facility an area where there are two standing light houses because it’s naval base you need to correct documentation a license insurance card rental car information or they turn you around...More

Thank paws0810
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

cape henry is a quite place in the army area but provides a good view of the lighthouse in front of it as well as the stairs and the top view make it a nice place of history. If you would like to see a...More

Thank arpit j
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We went early (10:30) and there was no line to pass security. Nice young military men were friendly and helpful. Have your documentation ready. Drivers license, proof of insurance & car registration. 200+ steps but well worth the climb. Guide was informative which made the...More

Thank Tootsietodoroff
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The views here are epic and so worth it! The price for admission is not terribly pricey, when you account for the fact that they are currently renovate the lighthouse and base around the entrance. I would definitely go back again!

Thank kaspiolea
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Kimberly S
26 August 2018|
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Response from Fishscales44 | Reviewed this property |
Sure can get in. I would also suggest that all adult passengers have their photo I.D.'s handy, too. Remember, there are two lighthouses.
6 April 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
I had my dog with me and left it in the car. There are no restrictions with bringing dogs on base.
27 March 2018|
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Response from Annette B | Reviewed this property |
If you don't have military identification your vehicle may have to go through an inspection.