We live in an area full of natural beauty and natural history. Home to unique carnivorous plants (Venus flytrap), ancient trees (bald cypress), and the wide Atlantic Ocean, the Wilmington area is a fascinating classroom for area children.

Teachers and parents love to get children outdoors in the natural world to explore and learn about the world around them. One great way to do that is to take a Cape Fear River cruise field trip.

A Cape Fear River cruise is perfect for:

  • Classroom field trips
  • Scout troops
  • Clubs and activity groups
  • Home-school group field trips
  • Church field trips

We Have a Perfect Field Trip Cruise for You


Charter a field trip cruise for your group, and the kids will have a lot of fun while learning!

Charter one boat or more, depending on your needs: The John Knox seats 31, while the Captain J.N. Maffitt and Jacob’s Run seat 48.

If you wish, our captain can narrate a sightseeing cruise for your group. This gives your group the chance to learn about:

  • The importance of the Cape Fear River, a crucial water route for more than 300 years
  • Local marine, bird, and animal life
  • The history of the Wilmington area from colonial to present times
  • Fun facts about movies and TV shows filmed here

Or bring along your own lessons that coordinate with your class or group’s curriculum. You’ll enjoy the scenery, get some fresh air, and enjoy a unique view while your group learns about our area.

Dining Options Are Easy Too


Bring along refreshments, have your class pack a lunch, or enjoy the provisions at the River Grill. This dockside restaurant offers a selection of kid-friendly food including:

  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken tender sandwich or basket
  • Nachos
  • French fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Soft drinks and water

Clean and handicap-accessible restrooms are available at the boarding area.

Cape Fear Riverboats is a family-owned business that wants your class to have the very best field trip we can offer. We’ve been in business since 1987 and are celebrating our 29th year on the Cape Fear River, showing classes, groups and clubs just like yours the fascinating world that is our beautiful river.

Call Cape Fear Riverboats today at (910) 343-1611 to charter a cruise for your school class, club, or private group. We’re located at Dock and Water Streets in downtown Wilmington, right on the Riverwalk.

Book Now! Book your cruise!