Make your father feel special this Father’s Day—take him for a cruise on the Cape Fear River! Dad will love to get outside, see Wilmington from the water, and feel the fresh breezes on a leisurely sightseeing cruise.

Welcome aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, John Knox and our newest riverboat, Jacob’s Run! We’ll take you and your dad on an hour-long sightseeing cruise with beautiful views and interesting narration. You and Dad can learn about the history and importance of the Cape Fear River, local marine and animal life, and Wilmington’s exciting film life.

Try a Bite and a Sip Before Your Cruise

The River Grill

We’re expanding our barge restaurant to a full-fledged grill so you won’t have to ride hungry. Our new expanded kitchen at the River Grill will offer burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings, and more beginning at the end of May (in time for Father’s Day). Sip beer, wine and soft drinks; full ABC permits coming soon.

You’ll be floating directly on the Cape Fear with views of the river as you dine. Or get a snack and bring it along on the ride!

Make Dad Happy: Spend Some Time with Him

Cruising the Cape Fear River on the Captain J.N. Maffitt

Everyone knows the best Father’s Day gift is the gift of time. Dads love to shirk work and do something fun with their kids, no matter what their age! And at $10 for adults and just $5 for kids 2-12, and kids under 2 are free. Cape Fear Riverboat ride is a bargain for Father’s Day entertainment.

Before or after your cruise, take a walk along the Riverwalk. Dad might enjoy looking at boats along the river or at the Port City Marina. If Dad is a music lover, the Rusty Nail is having a daylong Father’s Day blues jam as part of the Cape Fear Blues Fest. Or check out the Cape Fear Museum or the Serpentarium.

Whatever your dad likes to do, what he will like best is spending time with you on Father’s Day.

Cape Fear Riverboats is Ready to Take Dad Out on the River


Bring your camera along on your cruise, there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Private daytime and evening charters are also available.

Buy your tickets for a Father’s day river cruise at our ticket booth right on the Riverwalk at the foot of Dock Street. If you prefer, you can book online.

Cape Fear River cruises offer an amazing view of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the USS North Carolina Battleship, and plenty of scenic natural beauty. Make Dad happy this Father’s Day—take him on a Cape Fear River cruise!

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