Cape Fear River: Circle Tour

Driving Tour taking the Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry to Wilmington and return by River Road

Cape Fear River: Circle Tour

Southport, North Carolina 28461, United States

Created By: Southport Historical Society

Tour Information

Follow the circle tour route from Southport to Wilmington. The tour includes a ride on the Fort Fisher - Southport Ferry and stops at eight of the major historical and tourist attractions in the Cape Fear region.

The City of Southport Tourism and the Southport Historical Society are proud to provide this tour guide to our visitors and neighbors.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors' Center overlooks the mouth of the Cape Fear, showcasing the history, heritage, culture and natural beauty of Southport. Knowledgeable volun­teers can provide you with the information you ne... Read more
Trip Adviser calls it the "best Way to Cross the Cape Fear River in an automobile!" One rider says: "For 5 bucks it can't be beat. Depending upon when you arrive at the "toll booth," you may have to wait 10 or 20 minutes, but once on the fe... Read more
Fort Fisher Aquarium Make connections with the natural world. Feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray. Climb along Adven­ture Reef. Look an albino alligator in the eye. Wonder at baby sea turtles. Marvel at free-flying butterflies and ... Read more
During the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept the port of Wil­mington open to blockade­ runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. Its defeat in January 1865 helped seal the fate of the Confedera­cy. A quarter-mile tour tra... Read more
Stroll along the scenic, nearly two-mile Riverwalk that skirts the historic Cape Fear River. Lined with an assort­ment of markets and some of the best boutiques and art galleries around, the River­walk is home to cafes with outdoor dinin... Read more
View the introductory movie in the auditorium and then browse through the exhibit hall and head up the gangway to board the Ship. The tour is self-guided and is well-marked so that you can tour at your own pace.  Walk the decks of the USS... Read more
A  pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick Town was razed by British troops in 1776 and nev­er rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site, and served as part of th... Read more
 From cannon to periscope, where the pine meets the palm,and the mighty Cape Fear River meets the sea, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport presents the story of the people of the past, and their integral relationship with the ... Read more


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