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Wilmington Water Tours

Voted Best Tour in Wilmington!

Cruising daily, except Mondays

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Start a new Family tradition

Join us on our “Spirit of the Holidays ” cruise

This is a 60 minute cruise of the Historic Riverfront while getting a glimpse of the Lights & Decorations and being serenaded with holiday music…

Featuring Holiday cocktails at our full bar

Dates available…… Dec. 3,4,10,11,18,19,23 & 26



 Become a Commodore

Join  our Commodores club 

It entitles you to come aboard any of our regular scheduled cruises as often as you would like….plus any of your guest receives 20% off ticket price.  It is equivalent to 5 Sunset Cruises with Live music

Purchase price is $175  which is good for 1 year from date of purchase

It is only good for our regular schedules cruises



Shop books online now!

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In Curious Tales From Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear: The Truth Behind the Legends, Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UNC Wilmington, explores five famous urban legends with the skills of a professional historian. The stories have been told and retold for many years, in one case more than 200 years, but what is the truth behind them? What really happened and what do the legends reveal?

Looking for a book about local history or written by a local author? Look no further! We have a great selection!

Click here to visit the website and browse books online.


Moved by their love for the Cape Fear River, the owners decided to found Wilmington Water Tours in order to share with others the history and beauty of this region. Their passion gave rise to The Wilmington, a fully enclosed and handicapped accessible (with some restrictions) motorized catamaran, which can accommodate up to 49 passengers. Come explore the Cape Fear River on one of our many cruises!

Customers Love Our Cape Fear River Cruises!

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Fun Day

Our family did the Eagles Island tour. We enjoyed smoothies while the tour guide shared some neat facts. Perfect weather and the tour was entertaining. Our kids enjoyed it and my husband and I as well. We would definitely go back. It was a pleasant want to end our stay in Wilmington.

– Angelina | TripAdvisor
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Loved It

The guide was very knowledgeable and the entire staff was friendly and courteous. We're already planning on going back next summer and doing the trip north. I would highly recommend to anyone. Not only will you learn about the area, but it is a very relaxing and enjoyable ride on the river.

– Carrie S. | TripAdvisor
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Great Cruise

What a nice way to wind down the day. The operators are truly welcoming and very knowledgeable. It was a very hot day and we had some time to kill before dinner and this was perfect. We got to watch the sunset from the river and we learned more about the city we visit often.

– Loveforty | TripAdvisor
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We really enjoyed the ride and seeing the working port of Wilmington. We even got to see a couple ships coming in, so that was a bonus. The narrator/captain was friendly and made the cape river cruise fun and interesting. It was a perfect way to pass the time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

– Andrea D. | TripAdvisor
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