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The Henrietta

Captain J.N. Maffitt Sightseeing Cruise Boat

Captain J.N. Maffitt

Jacob's Run

Cape Fear Riverboats is downtown Wilmington’s longest continuously running boat tour. We’ve been offering a wide range of scenic Cape Fear River cruises since 1987. Our offers include narrated history and sightseeing tours, private charters, and exclusive nature tours with local ecologist Andy Wood. Our tours and charters offer downtown Wilmington visitors and locals an exciting yet relaxing option for holiday parties, anniversaries, birthdays, cocktail parties, romantic dates, and family reunions. Welcome aboard!

Cape Fear River Cruises

Downtown Wilmington’s best daily tour! This 1-hour narrated historic tour is offered throughout the day for the sunset. Our Captain will teach you all about the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington. Buy food and drinks here before we head out, or bring your own!

Black River Nature Cruises

Take a 4-hour relaxing getaway to the pristine Black River, a local ecological hot spot. Narrated by coastal ecologist and author Andy Wood, This tour offers plenty of photo opportunities and a bit of an adventure, all from the heart of downtown Wilmington.

Private Charters

Celebrate your special event by booking a private charter aboard one our two vessels. Whether sightseeing or just crusing, we can accommodate up to 49 guests to fit your specific needs. Bring your own food, beverages (coolers welcome), and even your own music! Our boat becomes your’s….

Anne Bonny's Bar & Grill

Anne Bonny’s Bar & Grill serving the best riverside surf and turf pub fare with items such as tacos, burgers, sandwiches, nachos and wings. Plus, enjoy their new Lazy Jack’s Ice Cream Shack at the dock!
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Gift Cards

Make it easy! Give the gift of an hour (or four) on the river. Great for couples, groups, or folks who need a break to refresh their minds.

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See What People are Saying!

I loved every minute of the trip we took. The staff was very professional and friendly. The captain was also very knowledgeable when it came time for his narration. Sitting out on the front of the boat was just so relaxing. A perfect way to spend our last night on our honeymoon.

Michelle Ann Schuetrump

My husband and I took the sightseeing cruise this past weekend for our 28th anniversary. The views and historical narration were fantastic! Great crew!

Robin Ritchie Seropian

We took the sunset boat tour. I was able to get some great pictures from the water of the downtown Wilmington area, bridges, battleship, and sunset. The information given was interesting. Staff was kind and helpful. It was something different and enjoyable to do.

Kara Regan

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