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The New Cape Henry Lighthouse

Our next day was spent doing a little bit of everything.  Accommondations had been set up by Sue, our niece, and she used her military contacts to board family in a military barracks close to their house.  There were 10 rooms in a dormitory type setting.  It was fun!  We had a common area, a large bathroom, and plenty of space to sit outside in the evenings or walk about a mile to a private beach area.  Sue had supplied us with a goody bag filled with beach toys and flip flops, stocked the refrigerator with drinks, and shopped for several snacks to feed an army (hahahaha).  Cool breezes in the evening meant that we didn't really miss air conditioning. 

So back to the next day.  With that many people and varied interests, all decided to go their separate ways and meet for dinner.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
  But first, a group walked to the beach hoping to get a glimpse of the sun coming up over the water.  Clouds got in the way, and it was too cold for a dip in the ocean.  Most had fun chasing the sand crabs!

My husband and I had been to the Virginia Beach area a year before, but didn't get to see many local sights.  From the advice of some local residents, we chose to visit Cape Henry.  Located within an Army base, the Cape Henry lighthouses were our destination.  There is the Old Cape Henry Light and the newer one built on the beach.  You can tour the Old Lighthouse for a nominal fee, and I hope you like steps!  There are steps up to the lighthouse built on a rocky ledge, then there are steps around and around until you reach the top light area.

  The view was fantastic!  As you would expect, you could see for miles - beach and the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  We followed Army men and women from training along the beach. 

The history of the landing of English colonists heading for Jamestown is marked by a large cross and several historical plaques.  There is also a lookout on the dunes that overlooks the ocean.  Here you can imagine the ships arriving with weary English travelers seeking the new world.  There is so much history to this area dating back to the 1600s. 

Primarily a tourist spot, Virginia Beach is famous for its beautiful sand beaches.  There are plenty of spaces for the sunbathers, beach combers, sports enthusists, and those just wishing to relax.

Neptune
  Rental bicycles (kind of like a small pedal car) are a fun way to view the broadwalk area.  A very large statue of Neptune on the broadwalk is a must see for tourists.  All kinds of beach shops selling beach toys, sunscreen, t-shirts, trinkets, taffy, and whatever else you can imagine line the street.  In the summer months, nightlife includes "Beach Street USA" which features local entertainers playing all types of music and magic.  There are performances for kids and adults alike. 

The whole family group ate at Captain George's Seafood Restaurant.  A wonderful seafood buffet!  Anything you can think of including salads, main entrees, vegetables, and desserts!  It is really worth the visit!  The building is quite large and always a popular place for locals and tourists.  Hint - get there early before the rush!  You can have a long wait before being seated during the dinner hour. 

The family can get a little crazy, but that what's fun!  We chose a family evening at the barracks while some elected to visit the beach one more time that day!

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The New Cape Henry Lighthouse
The New Cape Henry Lighthouse
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
Neptune
Neptune
Both Cape Henry Lighthouses
Both Cape Henry Lighthouses
The landing area
The landing area
Steps, Steps, and more steps!
Steps, Steps, and more steps!
Taken from Old Cape Henry Light
Taken from Old Cape Henry Light
Training on the beach
Training on the beach
Memorial Cross
Memorial Cross
Great Place for Seafood!
Great Place for Seafood!
The group eating at Captain George…
The group eating at Captain Georg…
Neptune on Virginia Beach Broadwalk
Neptune on Virginia Beach Broadwalk
The Boardwalk on Virginia Beach!
The Boardwalk on Virginia Beach!
The Beach
The Beach