Wilmington Water Tours


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In a Nutshell

Explore the history and waters of the Cape Fear River, watch Wilmington’s skyline at sunset with drinks, or explore the river’s history

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Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to weather. Valid only for Sunset cruise, Blackwater Adventures, or Down River tour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for a two-hour Sunset Cruise, Blackwater Adventure, or Down River boat tour for two, valid Thursday–Saturday ($54 value)
  • $65 for a two-hour Sunset Cruise, Blackwater Adventure, or Down River boat tour for four, valid Thursday–Saturday ($108 value)

The Wilmington, a state of the art fully enclosed and handicapped accessible motorized catamaran, accommodates up to 49 guests. The first 30 minutes will be spent at the dock, giving guests an opportunity to get comfortable, grab a drink, and meet the Captain and crew. Then, guests will be carried away from the bustle of town and out into quiet waters the during the 90 minute Sunset Cruise on the water with live music. The ship’s built-in sound system enhances the performance of the musicians as guests watch the sun descend into the horizon.

Alternatively, on the morning Black Water Adventure, guests travel to the upper reaches of Cape Fear River on a narrated cruise based on the ecology and history of the area. The banks, largely unchanged for more than 400 years, hug the river’s curves with dense thickets of cypress, which now conceal the regional history of Native Americas and early colonial settlers. Birds and other wildlife also lie in wait to pose for a photographer’s lens.

If guests desire to travel south of Wilmington, they can take advantage of the narrated Down River Maritime History cruise. Topics, which change weekly, explore the river and those who have traveled it, such as North Carolina pirates and blockade runners. The Captain will also shed light on facts regarding the State Port and the early shipping industry of the river.

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

Excellent tour, well worth the money. Everyone in our party loved it. Informative captain!
Kelly L. · July 23, 2016
All the staff is very friendly and helpful. My husband and I will definitely be coming back.
Susan W. · June 25, 2016
I bought this for my parents and their 2 friends when they went down to Wilmington on vacation. They had nothing but great things to say about the water tour! They said that the people operate the tour were so accommodating to everyone and treated them with respect. The tour was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining! They are still thanking me for getting this for them and this was the highlight of their trip!
Nina E. · June 5, 2016
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    212 S Water St

    Wilmington, NC 28401


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