The Cape Henry Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Henry, the landform marking the southern entrance to Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. state of Virginia. 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.PutCape Henry Lighthouse into our Virginia Beach road trip planning app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Cape Henry Lighthouse reviews
This lighthouse is so cool to see in person. I'm a ship captain and have a special place in my heart for lighthouses. This is one of the best kept lighthouses I've seen. The guides are very knowledgeable and can answer almost any question you throw at them. There are about 190 stairs from the bottom to the top, but they go by faster than you expect. This is a must see if you're in the area.
2 for 1 visit. The old and new lighthouses are about 500 yards from each other. You can climb the old house. The new one is off limits to climbing, but plenty of great photo ops. Have to go through the front gate of the naval base, so have your ID ready. Very kid friendly. Good day trip when in VA Beach.
Plan your trip to Virginia Beach
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Virginia Beach
Side trips from Virginia Beach
Kid-friendly things to do in Virginia Beach
Hidden gems in Virginia Beach
Breweries & Distilleries in Virginia Beach
Nearby attractions in Virginia Beach
Trips to Cape Henry Lighthouse by other users
4 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cape Henry Lighthouse Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Boardwalk 6 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chrysler Museum of Art Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum Virginia Beach Boardwalk 6 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chrysler Museum of Art Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum Virginia Beach Boardwalk 5 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chrysler Museum of Art King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk Virginia Beach 4 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk Miyazaki Japanese Garden Virginia Beach 4 days in Mid Atlantic BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Virginia Beach Chincoteague Island Ocean City