Summer is such a romantic time! When the weather is warm, it seems like summer will go on forever. We’re all a little freer and happier, taking vacations or spending long evenings on the beach. It’s only natural that a good-looking person will catch our eye.

Whether your new romance seems like a summer fling or an enduring flame, you’ll want to throw yourself all in. Otherwise where’s the fun? So we have a suggestion for one terribly romantic evening in your summer romance: Dinner in downtown Wilmington, NC and a cruise on the Cape Fear River.

Take Your Summer Sweetheart to Dinner


Historic downtown Wilmington has so many great places to eat, and a nice meal is part of any romantic evening. There are some elegant restaurants if you want to make it a grand affair, and there’s plenty of open-air riverfront dining, too.

Don’t overlook the casual option. Make your honey feel at home with a hot dog or burger at the River Grill, our brand new expanded eatery on the floating barge right next to the docks at River and Dock Streets. It’s a rite of summer romance to dine outside in your shorts and watch the people on the Riverwalk and the boats on the Cape Fear River.


The River Grill also offers beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks. You can pack up your food and drink and take it along on the cruise, too.

Take a Romantic Cruise on the Cape Fear River

Wilmington NC Date Ideas

Invite your summer sweetheart aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, John Knox, or Jacob’s Run and enjoy a romantic hour out on the Cape Fear River. Sit back and relax, cuddle up with your cutie, and let the summer breeze waft over you.

The captain will entertain you with river tales on the narrated sightseeing cruise. You’ll learn about the Cape Fear River, local marine and bird life, history of the area, and fun bits on Wilmington’s film industry. Bring a camera to take in the scenic views and selfies of your summer romance together. Don’t forget to sneak a little smooch in when no one’s looking.

Book a cruise online or just walk down to the ticket booth on the Riverwalk at the foot of Dock Street. We think you’ll find that dinner and a river cruise is one of the most romantic dates available. It’s the perfect combination to make your honey happy during your summer romance.

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