It’s the season to count your blessings! As Thanksgiving approaches, we at Cape Fear Riverboats like to stop and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.

We’re lucky to be situated in downtown Wilmington, NC, where old-South charm meets modern life. Here are just a few of the things we’re thankful for in downtown Wilmington, NC.

We’re Thankful for Natural Beauty on the Riverwalk


The boardwalk along the Cape Fear River winds along for more than a mile through downtown Wilmington. If you’re looking for a quiet bench to chat, a bustling shopping experience, or a riverside spot to dine, you’ll find it here. We love to buy groceries at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, or get an ice cream at Kilwin’s and eat it on the Riverwalk at the foot of Market Street.

Thanks for the Dining and Tippling, Wilmington

With more than 70 bars and restaurants in downtown Wilmington, there’s always somewhere to rest your feet and refresh yourself. You can get a view of downtown at rooftop spots like Level 5 or the Reel Café, or get down among the throng curbside at Chops Deli and the Fork N Cork.

We Love the History in Downtown Wilmington


The history of our Port City is part of the pleasure of being downtown. Grand mansions like the Bellamy House and waterfront warehouses like the Cotton Exchange are being preserved for everyone to enjoy. And the immense USS Battleship North Carolina. Thanks, residents, city fathers, and Historic Wilmington Foundation!

Thank You, Wilmington Art Scene

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights will acquaint you with the art scene in Wilmington, NC, and we’re thankful to be able to savor it. Acme Art Studios and the galleries on North Fourth Street are not to be missed. Our own WHQR has a little gallery right on Front Street.

We’re Thankful for Downtown Wilmington Music Scene


From the humble buskers along Front Street to national shows at The Throne Theater, there’s always live music in downtown Wilmington. You can even see the North Carolina Symphony at CFCC’s new Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

We’re Grateful to Be Rolling on the River


Part of the history in Wilmington, NC is the Cape Fear River, and we love working on the Captain J.N. Maffitt, Jacob’s Run and Captain John Knox riverboats. It’s a pleasure to take curious folks, whether locals or visitors, out on the river to see a view of Wilmington they miss from the land. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be part of downtown Wilmington.

And we’re thankful for YOU! Your cruises with us mean we get to do what we love best: Share the beauty of the Cape Fear River with locals and visitors. Find out more about our cruises and check for availability on our website or call us at (910) 343-1611 today. Thanks, Wilmington, and have a great Thanksgiving!

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