We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Southport’s Ferries.

The ferry is an alternative from Southport to Wilmington. Arrive at least 30 mins before scheduled... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert A
Knoxville TN, United States
via mobile
Ferry to Ft Fisher

State run ferry. Very professionally run. It was raining on our ride over but calm. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Jefferson, North Carolina
via mobile
Read all 460 reviews
All photos (142)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
1650 Ferry Rd., Southport, NC 28461
+1 910-457-6942
Improve This Listing
Reviews (460)
Filter reviews
460 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews carolina beach nc aquarium fun ride the cape fear river minute ride short cut observation deck bring bread loading and unloading per vehicle civil war museum day trip fun experience always on time quick trip across the river nice boat
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 460 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great way to get from the Mainland to Fort Fisher near the aquarium and historical park. Bring cash for the ferry in case the credit card machine is down. There is an inside area with vending machines.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ferry is an alternative from Southport to Wilmington. Arrive at least 30 mins before scheduled departure and line up with the cars. Birds tend to follow the ferry hoping for food handout. Be aware that they drop “bombs.” I was hit on back of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Robert A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

State run ferry. Very professionally run. It was raining on our ride over but calm. Beautiful scenery and the fishing is great on the point once you get on the Ft Fisher side. If you plan to take the ferry back to South Port in...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Shrf23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful smooth crossing. Convenient and efficient. Very professional crew, highly recommended. Weekend hours limited but workable.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank michaellintonlong
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Caught an early ferry over to Southport on a fine Carolina morning. The 20 minute or so ride was smooth and comfortable and good value at $7 one way. Any passengers in the car ride free. Great staff directing your car on board, this is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank pfefmeister
Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

We took this to go to the aquarium with our kids. Fun to go to the observation deck upstairs! There’s both open air and a closed space. Arrive early to make sure the ferry doesn’t fill up! We were 15-20 mins early but that wasn’t...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank ksburns
Reviewed August 7, 2019

Fun for the entire family and lovely people. The children love to feed the gulls and the ferry captains are welcoming and will point out the sights. You may see ibis and dolphins.

Date of experience: July 2019
Reviewed July 30, 2019

We loved our ride from Southport to Fort Fisher, even though it was really hot that day. Happily, there were some refreshing breezes off the water to keep us comfortable. The ferry was very easy to find, arrived on time and the staff there made...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Pat H
Reviewed July 29, 2019

We used the ferry both ways. The loading and unloading was done efficiently. The observation deck and inside observation room were enjoyed by many passengers. The staff told us not to feed the birds, but some people disregarded their instructions, and the gulls left deposits...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank datutor
Reviewed July 28, 2019

We love going from Ft. Fisher to Southport on this ferry. It's a nice way to get from point A to point B without having to drive. It was $7 for us to take the trip in a GMC Acadia

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank teknoge3k
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 nearby hotels
Riverside Motel
120 reviews
2.03 miles away
Wingate by Wyndham Southport
1,123 reviews
2.21 miles away
Comfort Suites
394 reviews
3.81 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Southport
41 reviews
3.83 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 95 nearby restaurants
Burneys Bakery & Ice Cream
308 reviews
1.85 miles away
Mr. P's Bistro
630 reviews
1.91 miles away
Moore Street Market Cafe & Deli
306 reviews
1.90 miles away
Southport Smokehouse
316 reviews
1.91 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 79 nearby attractions
Southport Pier and RIverwalk
349 reviews
1.95 miles away
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
305 reviews
1.88 miles away
Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center
106 reviews
1.86 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
July 28, 2019|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from JM0330 | Reviewed this property |
Very nice aquarium. We go every year. We take the fort fisher ferry from southport. word to the wise download the ferry schedule in advance and give yourself plenty of time b/c it will sell out. esp important on the way back... More
July 28, 2019|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from pbxme | Reviewed this property |
Take the ferry over to Ft Fisher and there you will find the aquarium
Neil S
May 17, 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Margaret C | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Whatever is in your car gets transported. Enjoy