Cape Henry Lighthouse Tickets for Two or Four in Virginia Beach (Up to 50% Off)

Preservation Virginia

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In a Nutshell

Guests learn about the lighthouse’s 200+ year-old past and enjoy scenic ocean views

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Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 5 per person. Limit 5 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather: site may be closed during thunderstorms or extreme heat, so call ahead. Reservation required one week in advance for groups of 12+. Must be 42" or taller. Visitors over 16 must provide photo ID for entry. Children cannot be carried up stairs. Backpacks/frontpacks not permitted on stairs. Must have proof of insurance and updated vehicle tags to enter base. Gratuity is not included in Groupon price. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $9 for two general admission tickets (up to $16 value)
  • $16 for four general admission tickets (up to $32 value)

Visitors to the 72-foot-tall Old Cape Henry Lighthouse enjoy a day amid the rich, salty Chesapeake Bay air, exploring a towering remnant of America’s early post-colonial government.

Cape Henry Lighthouse

If Cape Henry Lighthouse was a history book, its authors would be two of the nation's founding fathers. President George Washington authorized the lighthouse's creation and Alexander Hamilton oversaw its construction in 1791. Renowned architect John McComb brought their vision to reality, finishing the job in 1792 to produce not just a lighthouse, but a symbol of how the fledgling American government could protect its citizens.

The lighthouse performed the role of protector beautifully. For nearly a century, it stood sentinel over the coasts of Virginia and Maryland to ensure the safety of incoming ships and giant bottles filled with hundreds of letters from Europe. The lighthouse was finally replaced in 1881, but it wasn't finished. In 1930, Preservation Virginia took over the building, giving the public access to climb its twisting iron stairs.

Today, families still gaze out from the observation deck, soaking in 360-degree views of the water and surrounding forests. Meanwhile the staff–most of whom have been guides for years–happily answer questions about the lighthouse's history.


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  • “Wonderful experience and the things right around the lighthouse are nice to go to as well.”

  • “Wonderful experience! We were so happy to support such an incredible preservation project. A true pleasure. ”

  • “Such an incredible piece of history. Be prepared to climb a lot of steps, but it's so worth it!”

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