Wilmington Water Tours

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In a Nutshell

  • Bar on the boat
  • Historic Cape Fear tour
  • Amazing cypress-lined scenery
  • Singular experience

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Promotional value expires Jul 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy mult. as gifts for Up River Black Water Excursion; limit 1 per person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts for brunch option.Valid only for option purchased. By appointment only. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Rivers were humanity's first true highways, transporting goods, driving economies, and enabling humorous kayak jams. Navigate historic waterways with a drink in your hand with today's Groupon for black water excursions with Wilmington Water Tours.

Choose one of two waterway adventures:

  • $12.50 for one Up River Black Water Excursions (up to a $25 value)
  • $22.50 for one Sunday Brunch on the Water tour (a $45 value)

Setting out from the Cape Fear Riverwalk, Wilmington Water Tours' black water excursions provide a singular way to see the cypress-lined banks of American history. The two and a half hour Up River Black Water Excursions explores the upper reaches of Cape Fear's untouched vistas; keep a keen eye out for wildlife such as egrets, wild turkeys, bears, alligators, kingfishers, ibis, and runaway child stars. For a tipplingly terrific trip, enrich the experience with an offering for the boat-borne bar.

For a different moveable feast, embark upon a three-hour Sunday Brunch on the Water cruise and feel the cool breeze in your teeth and a warm, delicious brunch buffet, and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. No two brunch cruise destinations are the same, with the boat's course and speed subject only to the weather, the captain's whims, and last week's horoscopes.


Wilmington Water Tours was featured on blog Encore Archives. Three TripAdvisors give the tours an average of 4.5 owl eyes.

  • The Upriver Black Water Excursion provides a great way to see Wilmington from a different angle. Having lived here for 12 years now, I’ve never once ventured upstream, mainly because I didn’t know there was anything interesting up that way. I was wrong. – John Hitt, Encore Archives
  • Tours on board the fast catamaran "Wilmington" are one of the best experiences, and best values, for first-time visitors as well as for Wilmingtonians of many years as I am. – slc624, TripAdvisor

Wilmington Water Tours

Moved by their love for the Cape Fear River, Wilmington Water Tours' owners decided to found Wilmington Water Tours in order to share with others the history and the beauty of the area. The owners' passion soon garnered attention, and

Today, they own the Wilmington, a completely covered catamaran that can accommodate seating up to 49 people. Groups board the vessel to explore the waters of Cape Fear. They cruise the historic harbor, watching the silhouettes of buildings transform into molten-colored spires in the sunset. They can also explore the history, wildlife, and mysterious channels of the Cape Fear River. Passengers can join the staff on sunset cruises as they feature local musicians to wash away the worries.

An addition to the Wilmington, the Bizzy Bee Water Taxi now transports passengers from three stops on the Wilmington side of the river to the USS North Carolina Battleship.

Customer Reviews

Great tour, informative and entertaining narration. The staff was awesome! Look forward to returning for a different tour.
Susan R. · July 9, 2017
This was a wonderful experience to explore the history/nature side of Wilmington. The caption was awesome, and the ride was smooth and lots of fun. Thanks WWT!
Kathy N. · June 27, 2017
One of the best things to do in Wilmington. The Captain is so knowledgeable about all aspects of the Cape Fear river. I have taken the cruise many times and each time I see something new or learn something different. This is well worth the money!! Also, they serve beverages and snacks and have a bathroom on board, which is great if you have children or someone disabled/elderly. I hope everyone gets a chance to do this!!!!
Jessica V. · June 11, 2017

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