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Wilmington Water Tours

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Address: 212 S Water St, Cape Fear Riverwalk, Wilmington, NC 28401-3983
Phone Number: 910-338-3134
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Wilmington Water Tours is a 46' catamaran which accomodates up to 49...

Wilmington Water Tours is a 46' catamaran which accomodates up to 49 passengers. Daily Cruise & Private Charters. Eco/History, Sunset,Live Music, Brunch cruises to name a few, all on the Cape Fear River or nearby waterways. Go to our website to view our schedule of cruises. Cruising year round.

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Most relaxing way to see the port of Wilmington

Wilmington Water Tours is a very relaxing and informative way to be on the Cape Fear River and Northeast Cape Fear River and to see the port of Wilmington. Doug Springer, one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed a nice quiet boat ride on the river. The staff were extremely nice. We would like to return and do one of the narrated tours.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wilmington Water Tours is a very relaxing and informative way to be on the Cape Fear River and Northeast Cape Fear River and to see the port of Wilmington. Doug Springer, one of the owners of WWT, narrated the two hour Blackwater trip that I just took with 3 friends. As the former Riverkeeper, Doug knows everything there is to... More 

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

So glad to know you enjoyed the Black Water Adventure which is offered Friday & Saturday mornings. The Black Water Adventure has become Wilmington Water Tours "Signature Cruise" and Captain Doug's favorite trip. The Northeast Cape Fear River with its rich history and changing landscape is a photographer's paradise. The spectacular views of the historic downtown 2 mile long riverwalk... More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent and relaxing!! MY wife ending up purchasing the Commodores club card also. We'll be going again many times. :)

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

Welcome aboard Commodores! You are now one of the elite! With the Commodores Club Card you can cruise any day on any cruise (except for our fireworks, and Lock & Dam cruises) for a yearly charge of $175. The CLub card also includes 20% off for your guest and $100 off any Private Charter! We are all looking forward to... More 

Cornelius, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time for the price. Much better than going to a movie for about the same price. Plus they usually have discount coupons for some of the water front restaurants. Discount coupons are available from Groupon.

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

When looking for a good bang for your buck and want to include a cruise on the Cape Fear River on a boat we designed and built specifically for the river... look no further... Come on aboard your Captain and Crew are waiting! More 

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inexpensive tour on the Cape Fear River, you get to see the Battleship NC and the riverfront of Wilmington. Nice little ride if you have the time to do it.

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

Glad to know you enjoyed our Eagles Island Cruise North which leaves on the even hours. If you have the time and inclination you may consider staying onboard for our Eagles Island Cruise South to the State Ports where you'll enjoy our Maritime History... When you stay onboard for second trip we discount it $3. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really a very informative tour. Reasonably priced and the guide was so informed and friendly. Lots of history shared, beautiful sites, and learned about the future of the Cape Fear River! Great trip for residents and visitors.

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

It's Awesome people like you that keep us motivated to do what we do.. Thank you for your business and supporting our passion, which is to share with everyone this magnificent Cape Fear River and all it offers... More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of ten was totally entertained by Captain Doug and his wife, Diane, as we cruised to the music of L-shaped lot. The bar had wonderful drinks, the skyline was exquisite with Ospreys and herons. Another party on-board had a birthday, so we all joined in the celebrating...like one big family:). The fun ended too soon! Thank you!

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on another Magical Sunset Cruise! We so appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with Wilmington Water Tours... More 

Washington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are locals with 5 kids aged between 5-15 who wanted to take a boat ride. Using Groupon we were able to plan a fun downtown afternoon. Boat was spacious and cleans and comfortable. Captain and staff did a nice job narrating along the riverfront. Snack/bar on board is a nice touch for an adult beverage. The 45-60 minute tour... More 

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We will look forward to having you onboard our Sunset Cruise... Note: Sunset Cruises are scheduled during daylight savings time hours... If you don't make it back by the end of October. Consider joining us for our Holiday Lights Cruise with live local musicians.. November 25-New Years.. All our Best, The Wilmington Water Tour Crew More 

Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 6 came down from Champaign, Il. We took the 2 hour tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! Captain Doug is very knowledgable and passionate about what he does.

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

Just wondering... Did you take Captain Doug's advice? Have you moved here yet :) More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local friends gathered for an evening on the river that included music, wine, good conversation and our beautiful Cape Fear River

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Wilmington W, Owner at Wilmington Water Tours, responded to this review

It's always a great time on the river when friends join in... then add live local musicians, full service bar.. an evening that can't be beat! We appreciate your business, and many thanks for taking the time to write a review.. Best, Diane More 

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