Visitors who want to experience all the beauty and offerings from Cape Fear Riverboats need to look no further than those offered by Cape Fear Riverboats. The company offers daily tours March through October, weather permitting and their boats board from their docks on South Water Street near Dock Street. Captain Carl Marshburn, owner of Cape Fear Riverboats, is one of the people who make Wilmington a special place to live. He remains a kind and generous supporter of the city and its less fortunate citizens. His son, Darren, currently manages the day to day business for Cape Fear Riverboats.
Cape Fear Riverboats has three vessels. The Captain J.N. Maffitt has been a Wilmington staple for over 24 years and can accommodate 49 passengers. Her newest sister is Jacob’s Run, who can accommodate as many as 49 guests at a time and the John Knox accommodates up to 31. All are great boats for enjoying the full Cape Fear River experience for sightseeing and private charters.
Cape Fear River Sightseeing Tours
There are two types of sightseeing tours: nature tours and $12 historical sightseeing tours. All tours are narrated by the captain and are one to four hours long. Be sure to bring a camera as there are endless opportunities for memorable photos!
Historical sightseeing cruises are an hour long and are a great way to learn about the area. You’ll hear about the adventures, misfortunes, and accomplishments of the unique cast of characters that have, since Giovanni da Verrazzano first surveyed the area nearly 500 years ago, created the city we love today. You also will see the ports from a unique view and witness the massive size of modern day container ships as they load and unload.
Black River Nature tours begin in May, are four hours long, and feature an expert on local wildlife, natural history, and cultural heritage. This nature tour takes guests 15 miles up the Cape Fear River to the wilds of the Black River, one of the cleanest waterways in the state. Nature enthusiasts and photographers alike will enjoy the slow-moving, amber-colored waters, framed by spectacular swamp forests highlighted with seasonal wildflowers and old-growth cypress trees.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages on the boats to enjoy during the sightseeing tours. Bring a cooler or purchase food, beer, wine and snacks at Bring a cooler or purchase food, beer or wine at Wilmington’s only floating restaurant located at “The Barge” — Anne Bonny’s Bar and Grill. Afterwards, be sure to grab a scoop or two from Lazy Jack’s Ice Cream Shack right on the Riverwalk!
Private Charters & Rehearsal Dinners
The newest boat in the fleet, Jacob’s Run, is named for the tunnel that runs beneath downtown Wilmington. All three boats are able to accommodate private sightseeing charters. Jacob’s Run has been renovated to accommodate groups for seated dinners and parties with an enclosed area to protect from weather and plenty of room for seating and entertainment.
Jacob’s Run, a 50 foot long 49-passenger boat, can seat 30 guests or up to 40 for a standup reception for a rehearsal dinner or private dinner party. The Captain and his crew can assist with your event planning as well of assist with serving and tending to your guests.
When hosting a private charter, hosts can choose from three options for food and beverage service: catered dinner with your choice of caterer, bring along your own food and drinks, or order food and drinks from the restaurant that resides on “The Barge”.
For more information visit www.cfrboats.com