4-hr Black River Nature Cruise


UPCOMING DATES AND TIMES

  • Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Cape Fear Riverboats - 101 S Water St

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Wilmington's Favorite Sightseeing Cruise! Cape Fear Riverboats is Wilmington's longest running cruise company. We can't wait to have you aboard!

 

On this 4-hour Black River Nature Cruise, just minutes after leaving the dock, guests will experience: Miles of scenic wilderness >Narration on the plant and wildlife and a river that appears almost as it did to the early explorers!

Families, nature enthusiasts and photographers alike will enjoy the slow-moving, amber-colored waters, framed by spectacular swamp forests highlighted with seasonal wildflowers and relict old-growth cypress trees. Climb aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt or Jacob's Run. Our narrator is Andy Wood, a well known Coastal Ecologist and Author.

Cost: Adults: $50 Children: $40 for 12 and Under

Did you know that alligators, bobcats, black bears, river otters, rare birds and other wildlife live in the wilderness just minutes away from downtown Wilmington? That's just one of the surprising facts cruisers will learn on our Black River Nature Cruise. Pack your own snacks, lunch, and drinks or purchase a meal from Anne Bonny's Bar & Grill at our barge before the tour! Prepare to be amazed by the tranquility and breathtaking scenery along the northwest Cape Fear River and the Black River.

See what others have said about the Black River Cruise: Reviews "We just finished the 4 hour nature cruise on the Cape Fear and Black Rivers, and were tremendously impressed. The boat is clean and well maintained, and our guide (Andy Wood) was absolutely outstanding. The weather was slightly overcast, but we were easily able to stay dry and enjoy the trip. We were exposed to a running commentary on local history, saw an incredible number of ospreys, egrets, kingfishers, herons and other waterfowl, and saw numerous large turtles and a couple of alligators. Andy Wood has served as the Education Director for Audubon North Carolina, the Education Curator foe the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and was a regular Commentator on the local public radio station, WHQR. I fully expect to repeat this trip in the fall so that I can learn about the river during a different season."- Jane S "Wonderful four hour Journey on the NC Cape Fear and Black Rivers. Conservationist Andy Woods brought to life the rich area history of old rice plantations/lumber trade/barges loaded with wares up to present day challenges and accomplishments. The peacefulness of river, the variety of plants, and birds astonished as did Andy’s knowledge as he modestly shared his experiences and love of nature. This is the kind of nature outing locals and tourists can appreciate and remember. We hope to return in the fall to discover the surprises the river offers in Autumn. Thank you Andy Woods for your knowledge and enthusiasm .....and thank you Captain and Crew of the boat Capt. J.N. Maffitt for a delightful journey as we experienced your environment . (we brought our own grapes /cheese and water/ there are limited snacks and water for purchase on the boat.) Plan the time to experience this outing...." - Tripadvisor "We just finished the 4 hour nature cruise on the Cape Fear and Black Rivers, and were tremendously impressed. The boat is clean and well maintained, and our guide (Andy Wood) was absolutely outstanding. The weather was slightly overcast, but we were easily able to stay dry and enjoy the trip. We were exposed to a running commentary on local history, saw an incredible number of ospreys, egrets, kingfishers, herons and other waterfowl, and saw numerous large turtles and a couple of alligators. Andy Wood has served as the Education Director for Audubon North Carolina, the Education Curator foe the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and was a regular Commentator on the local public radio station, WHQR. I fully expect to repeat this trip in the fall so that I can learn about the river during a different season." - Tom M "Very, very good. Nice folks to work with. Very pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable!! I would say---GO!!! We went on the one hour tour around Wilmington and the next day went on the environmental tour up to the Black River." - Tim Smith "I'm a local photographer and took a Black River Nature Cruise with Cape Fear Riverboats just to get out of the downtown and photograph something different. On the cruise we came across, deer, marsh birds, and even an osprey sitting atop its tree top nest! It was such a cool trip, I got come great photos and would recommend it to anyone looking to get away for a bit and relax. Their sunset cruise aboard the Henrietta III looks like the next wilmington boat tour on my list!" - Lou N