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Cape Fear River

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Address: Wilmington, NC
Phone Number: 800-676-0162
Description: The most industrialized of all North Carolina's rivers, this water system...
The most industrialized of all North Carolina's rivers, this water system stretches 200 miles through the heart of the North Carolina piedmont, crossing the coastal plain, and empties into the Atlantic near Southport.
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Great family fun!

The river is certainly an overlooked attraction. There are several tour boats that are pretty cheap that will give you a ride and a brief overview of the river and show you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The river is certainly an overlooked attraction. There are several tour boats that are pretty cheap that will give you a ride and a brief overview of the river and show you historic landmarks in the area. The snacks on the boat were good and the drinks were priced well. Great for families with young children.

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Wilmington, N.C.
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108 reviews 108 reviews
56 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We, ILM, (= airport designation f/Wilmington, NC) was just rated by USA Today as one of the 10 Best River Walks. Actually I think we were rated #1 ! Anyway, you will enjoy your leisurely stroll along our Cape Fear River. Plenty of places to stop in f/coffee, a light snack or a bathroom break. Easy walk, wheel chair accessible... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Wilmington has its fair share of water. Nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean it is a great place to live. Families will love exploring the battleship, the Cotton Exchange and the Riverwalk..

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Anytown, USA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The walk down the riverfront with easy access from downtown Wilmington is a must-do if you happen to be in the area. One can walk up to the Coast Guard ship berthed in the area, watch ships sailing up and down river.

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Sellersville, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Because I spend about two months in late summer/early autumn on Topsail Island, NC, which is about 30 miles north of Wilmington, I am in and out of the city frequently. I have enjoyed the variety of cultural offerings, fine restaurants and the practical shopping venues for food and household necessities.

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San Diego, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Cape Fear River flowed just behind the hotel I stayed at in Wilmington, NC, in the historic district. There were lots of benches that you could sit on and enjoy the view. There are also walking/running paths along the side of it. I saw a lot of people strolling along as well as hoofing it. Saw all kinds of... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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229 reviews 229 reviews
186 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can walk the river walk to watch the river. There is also a few ways to go down to the river from the historic district. From the river walk you can see the USS North Carolina ship on the other side. I didn't do it, but I think it's possible to take a tour on the river on a... More 

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Huntington Station, New York
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163 reviews 163 reviews
54 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The river is nice and the wildlife is abundant. The history of the river and downtown Wilmington are evident all along the river. Worth a stop to see.

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Seymour, Tennessee
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Cape Fear river current is very swift and strong. River is only a few feet from Riverwalk surface. Can look across river and see majestic USS North Carolina. Areas along river in historic district are clean and inviting.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love coming downtown to the cape fear river. They have shops and tons of restaurants. There's even a brewery one street up! Great view and always stuff going on in the area!

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