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A trip to the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse- Fort Story, Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has a rich history along the coastline. One particular historic treasure is the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse at Fort Story in Virginia Beach. The original Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1792 and it is open to visitors throughout the year for a small admission price. In order to climb the lighthouse, visitors must enter Fort Story Army Base so proper identification for everyone 16 years and older is required and vehicles will be briefly checked upon arrival.

Once through the military check point visitors will enter a small gift shop and pay the admission fee to enter the light house.

The fee is $5 for 13 and up and $3 for kids under 12.  There are also group rates available.  Children under 42 inches are not permitted in the lighthouse.

The lighthouse is open from 10am until 4pm November 1 through March 15 and from March 16 until October 31 it is open 10am until 5pm except Nov 24, Dec 24, 25, 30, 31.

Location: 583 Atlantic Avenue

Fort Story, Virginia  23459

Visit Cape Henry Lighthouse Website

If you are looking for a local day trip with your family, plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour visiting Fort Story and then drive several miles to First Landing State Park (beach side) and spend the day at the beach.  This area of the beach is unlike most of Virginia today as it has preserved dunes, and scenic lookouts.

There is a fee to enter the park for the day (approx $5 per car).  The beach access has bathrooms and showers.

First Landing State Park was previously Seashore State Park. Click here to visit First Landing State Park Website.

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