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
Narrated boat trip

About an hour trip up and down the Cape Fear river with a very knowledgeable captain/narrator who... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful area

Beautiful area , lots of things to do and see. Great places to eat and beautiful scenery. I would... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Katy, Texas
Read all 215 reviews
All photos (73)
All photos (73)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“cape fear”(24 reviews)
“boat ride”(8 reviews)
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.
Wilmington, NC
+1 800-676-0162
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Wilmington
from $90.00
More Info
from $55.00
More Info
Reviews (215)
Filter reviews
210 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews cape fear beautiful area boat ride memorial bridge downtown wilmington cotton exchange great walk the uss north carolina a lot of fun cruise boardwalk southport boats battleship tours diligence waterway
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 210 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

About an hour trip up and down the Cape Fear river with a very knowledgeable captain/narrator who talked about well known and little know details of the river and happenings along the river. Beverages are served aboard the boat.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank evalynfromFlorida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful area , lots of things to do and see. Great places to eat and beautiful scenery. I would love to just sit and watch the water.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank marciam376
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful walk.lots of places. Restaurants.things to see. Amazing walk. Water is beautiful. Take a walk

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Explore09876
Reviewed February 27, 2019

the bridge the river the waterfront on a very overcast but warm enough day is a treat to walk and watch. If you travel with a historian interested in technical structures and ships you hear a lot of information. The signs along the boardwalk could...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Christina O
Reviewed September 27, 2018

The River Walk in Wilmington NC is an amazing place to wonder. So many bars, restaurants, music entertainment farmers markets and close to the the beaches. Something for everyone! The whole area is extremely dog friendly too. We stayed at the Riverview Suites Condos.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jill W
Reviewed September 4, 2018

The Wilmington port area is not the most exciting part of the river, but the history and heritage of the Cape Fear River date back to the early explorers and settlers of the Americas. WWII Battleship NC is moored across from Wilmington and open for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bill A
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Walk along Cape Fear, see the Battleship, US Coast Guard, stroll through the streets & visit historical places & shops, explore amazing book stores & beautiful old buildings & restaurants. So much to see & enjoy here...great food, beautiful town & you may even want...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vis2r
Reviewed August 5, 2018

This is the historic waterway upon which Wilmington was founded. The river moves slow and sure and there are some water ferries to move you across if you don't want to drive form the downtown to get over to the historical ships. There are a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AngeloS160
Reviewed July 22, 2018

We took a boat tour on the river. It was very interesting. There was a lot to see. We ant to do it again in case we missed anything.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank lidskidsliddia
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Strolling on the Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River is plesant. There are shops and resturants and a view of the USS North Carolina. River crusises are available.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 42sylviaj
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 45 nearby hotels
Riverview Suites
190 reviews
.08 miles away
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
264 reviews
.18 miles away
Courtyard Wilmington Downtown/Historic District
422 reviews
.22 miles away
The Wilmingtonian
237 reviews
.23 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 793 nearby restaurants
Caprice Bistro
1,023 reviews
.07 miles away
Kilwin's Ice Cream & Candy
1,212 reviews
.09 miles away
Front Street Brewery
2,142 reviews
.08 miles away
Beer Barrio
188 reviews
.08 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 298 nearby attractions
Historic District
992 reviews
.08 miles away
Front Street Brewery
66 reviews
.08 miles away
Tour Old Wilmington
26 reviews
.05 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
February 16, 2019|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Bill A | Reviewed this property |
Dittos, to the answer above. WIL is loaded with great venues.