Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach
About Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach
Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Near Chesapeake Bay, at 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia
Ticket Price: 8 USD
Time Required: 00:45 Mins
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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The Cape Henry Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Henry, the landform marking the southern entrance to Chesapeake Bay. The location has long been important for the large amount of ocean-going shipping traffic for the harbors, its rivers, and shipping headed to ports on the bay. The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. It was also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, for an original contract amount of $15,200 (an additional $2,500 was required to finish the lighthouse). A second lighthouse was built and completed in 1881 a short distance away after concern arose about the stability of the first. Both towers of the light station were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.Wikipedia
Based inside a Military area, the Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in October 1792. A picturesque locale, kids and adults alike have fun climbing up the steps of the lighthouse.
Cape Henry Lighthouse Information
- Since it is on Military grounds, there is a check post. Please don’t forget to carry a photo id proof, insurance card and registration. If you are a foreign national, please carry your passport and other visa related documents.
Cape Henry Lighthouse Ticket Prices
- Children (under 12)- $6
- Seniors and military personnel- $7.
How To reach Cape Henry Lighthouse by Public Transport
- Military area, so no public transport allowed inside the premises. Go walking or go by private vehicle.
Restaurants Near Cape Henry Lighthouse
- One Fish Two Fish
- Surf Rider Grill
- Tropical Smoothie cafe
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Cape Henry actually has 2 lighthouses. Old and new. Both are nice. If you go, realize that you will be entering a military base. You will need drivers licence, car registration and proof of insurance. They will also search your vehicle.
It was pretty lame. We had 2 kids with us and weren't even allowed to walk up the stairs of the lighthouse because you need to be 42 inches or taller. Besides that, they charge 8 dollars each if we were allowed. You really can only see the top half of the lighthouse because it's so hidden behind vegetation. The best spot to really enjoy both lighthouses I think is down the street at the memorial Park. You can take a short walk out to the beach, and see both lighthouses on one side and the ocean on the other. Lot of work to get into the base and pretty dissapointing once you get there. I wouldn't make this a priority on your vacation, but if you've got nothing to do it's worth a look on a slow day.
This is a beautifully designed lighthouse from back in the day. It was a little hot the day we went so the slight breeze at the top was a little bit cooling. Looking out from the top was breath taking. Seeing the ocean and ships in the distance was gorgeous. when in Virginia Beach, Virginia you must come and visit.
The reason I am giving this place a one star isn't because of the lighthouse, it's about the entry. I called the place ahead of time to ask them if I need to bring anything. They said you didn't have to bring anything. I drive 30 minutes from my hotel to the lighthouse. When we get there they asked for vehicle registration. Which I did not have because I left it in the hotel since they said not to bring anything. So I had to turn around and drive back to my hotel wasting an hour if my life. Maybe they should tell you this info before you come there
Neat lighthouse, fairly steep climb, but a nice view of the area once up top. Unlike some other lighthouses I've been to, Cape Henry's light doesn't allow for a walk outside the light tower once you've reached the top...you're just looking out from the enclosed glass area at the top. Still a great view though. There is a per-person fee to climb the lighthouse, and the gift shop is nice to see. Apparently you can only climb the old lighthouse...the newer lighthouse, located right across the street from the old one, but it doesn't seem that's open for climbing. Like many of the other reviews state, this lighthouse is on an active military base and as such, you will need to show your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance; as well as having your vehicle searched (open all doors, open hood) in order to be allowed entry to the base. This ultimately was not an issue for us but it caught us off-guard as there is nothing on the lighthouse's web site that provides this information. I was simply following my GPS and when we pulled up to the gate, I was afraid we were going somewhere we shouldn't have been going. The guard at the gate was friendly and said we were in the right place, clearly stated everything that they would need to do for us to get on base, and pointed us in the right direction.
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