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

very nice and informative staff.
Everett L. · November 11, 2016
Beautiful and fun water tour. Very informative and professional staff. Eager to answer questions, engaging presentation. We will do this again next time we visit the area.
Robert S. · October 31, 2016
Tour was great captain and staff did a great j
John T. · September 17, 2016
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    Central Wilmington

    212 S Water St.

    Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

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