Cape Henry Lighthouse
Dune Restoration Project in Progress
The dune at Cape Henry Lighthouse is currently undergoing restoration and the lighthouse tower is temporarily inaccessible for climbing. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2019. During construction, we will remain open with walking tours every hour from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Members of the media can learn more about this project by downloading our FAQ sheet.
Explore more than 400 years of the historic Cape Henry area every hour.
Dune Talks (at ground level)
Trained interpreters discuss the rich history of the area as a port during the beginning of the United States. Engage with fellow guests as you discuss STEM-related topics, including weather, geology and marine life.
Cape Henry Memorial
Visit the nearby National Park Service site where the first English colonists landed in April 1607.
Pack a lunch and eat at one of our picnic tables.
Key Visitor Info
Before visiting Cape Henry Lighthouse, please be sure to read the additional information at the bottom of this page. This information includes guidance on location, arrival, and rules & regulations.VISITOR INFO
Hours & Directions
Cape Henry Lighthouse is open daily.
Tours stop 30 minutes prior to closing.
January 3 to March 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 16 to October 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 1 to December 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Eve, New Years Day and January 2.
Cape Henry Walking Tour
Explore more than 400 years of the historic Cape Henry area on our walking tour!
|Preservation Members||Free (Become a member)|
|AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount||$9|
|Children Under 6||Free|
Call ahead and reserve a special discounted rate for groups of ten or more.
Donate to Cape Henry Lighthouse
Location & Arrival
Cape Henry Lighthouse is located on Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story. All visitors to the lighthouse must pass through the security check at Gate 8 at 89th Street and Atlantic Avenue. This check requires:
- Identification for every guest over the age of 16
- Proof of vehicle registration or rental agreement
- Proof of insurance
- No firearms, weapons or illegal substances are allowed on base
Upon arrival at the gate, please indicate that you’re visiting Cape Henry Lighthouse. You will be directed to the Vehicle Inspection Station. All visitors must consent to a vehicle inspection and required to declare any contraband (i.e. weapons or illegal drugs). Failure to consent to a vehicle inspection or possession of contraband will result in denial of access to the base.
While your vehicle is being inspected, you will be asked to exit the vehicle and the rules for accessing Cape Henry Lighthouse and Cape Henry Memorial Park will be explained. Upon completion of the inspection, you will be issued a visitor pass and the identification of the driver remain in possession of Security while you’re on base.
When you have completed your visit, please return to the Vehicle Inspection Station to return the visitor pass and retrieve your identification.
We recognize the difficulties of this process, but fully support the policies put in place by JEBFS to protect national security.