Relax and Enjoy a Riverboat Ride

 

Enjoy the Cape Fear River and Black River on one of our scenic cruises.

 

1- Hour Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

A relaxing hour on the Cape Fear River, one of North Carolina’s true treasures.

4-Hour Black River Nature Cruise

Head up river and see parts of North Carolina that are practically impossible to explore any other way.

1-Hour Scenic Evening Cruise

A stunning sunset cruise on the Cape Fear River is the perfect way to begin your night.

1-Hour Cape Fear River Sightseeing Cruise

Welcome aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, John Knox and Jacob’s Run, from the oldest continuously running cruise company in Wilmington, NC. You will be cruising on the Cape Fear River, famous as a vital lifeline for the South for more than 300 years.

For an hour, sit back, relax, and take it all in. It truly is an area of the world like no other!

In addition to the beautiful views, you will enjoy educational and entertaining narration by our captain.

On the 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise, you will have the chance to learn about:

  • The importance of the Cape Fear River
  • The local marine, bird and animal life
  • As well as the history of the area from discovery to present times
  • History and fun facts about movies and tv shows filmed in Wilmington

While you wait for your boat to board, enjoy the River Grill. It serves a selection of beer and soda along with the best riverside burger in North Carolina! Clean and handicap restrooms are available at the boarding area.

Bring your camera as photo opportunities abound.

Join us aboard and experience the river’s beauty and charm with the best southern hospitality around!

Cost: $10.00 per person

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4-Hour Black River Nature Cruise

Prepare to be amazed by the tranquility and breathtaking scenery along the northwest Cape Fear River and the Black River. Experience the beauty and natural history of the Cape Fear region during a narrated nature cruise along these scenic and historic coastal rivers aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt or Jacob’s Run. Cruises are scheduled twice a month from May thru October on a Wednesday morning.

On this 4 hour Black River Nature Cruise, just minutes after leaving the dock, guests will experience:

  • Miles of scenic wilderness
  • Narration on the plant and wildlife
  • And a river that appears almost as it did to the early explorers!

Nature enthusiasts and photographers alike will enjoy the slow-moving, amber-colored waters, framed by spectacular swamp forests highlighted with seasonal wildflowers and relict old-growth cypress trees.

Did you know that alligators, bobcats, black bears, river otters, rare birds and other wildlife live in the wilderness just minutes away from downtown Wilmington? That’s just one of the surprising facts guests will learn on our Black River Nature Cruise.

Cost: $50.00 per person

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1-Hour Cape Fear River Scenic Evening Cruise

1-Hour Cape Fear River Sunset Cruise

On our 1-Hour Cape Fear River Scenic Evening Cruise, you will get the chance to experience the river in its most serene state as Mother Nature slows down and prepares for the evening. It’s not unusual to see wildlife preparing for the evening on the side of the Cape Fear River. On special nights when the sun is setting, the sky and River both look like they’re exploding with fire. The colors are vibrant, special, and memorable. It’s a great time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or other tasty beverages from our the River Grill while listening to our experienced Captain’s narration.

While you wait for your boat to board, enjoy the River Grill. It serves a selection of beer, wine, and soda along with the best riverside burger in North Carolina! Clean and handicap restrooms are available at the boarding area.

Don’t forget to bring your camera as photo opportunities abound.

Join us aboard and experience the river’s beauty and charm with the best southern hospitality around!

Cost: $10.00 per person

Book online now!

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