Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tours in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington NC Tours

The City of Wilmington, North Carolina is known throughout the United States for historic attractions and beautiful scenery. Guided tours of the city offer a personalized experience that brings the century’s old history of Wilmington back to life. Below are some of the most well-known and unique guided tour experiences offered in our city.

Cape Fear Segway Tour

Probably the most innovative tour in town, Cape Fear Segway Tours offer fun way to see Wilmington. Participants cruise around historic downtown and the riverfront on a Segway. One-hour or two-hour guided tours are offered of the historic district. Along the way, you’ll learn about Wilmington’s storied history, its stately mansions, and its film and television locations. Prices range from $35-$55.

Wilmington Water Tour

The Wilmington is the first and finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. The 46’ catamaran offers a variety of scheduled cruises and customizable private charters. Cruises and tours are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the year. Schedules and specific cruises vary by season. Choose between historic eco-tours, sunset cruises or narrated tours of the beautiful Cape Fear waterways. The Wilmington offers a full bar including beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Visit the website for varying ticket prices.

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington

Ghost tours take participants through creepy tales of the city’s history. Nighttime visits to centuries old graveyards, along marinas and past historic homes thought by some to house the spirits of ghosts will have you entertained. Hear tales past and present, including the most recent encounters with these spirits. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students, seniors and military.

Tasting History

Experience the history and flavors of Pleasure Island with Tasting History Tours, a walking tour through Carolina Beach. Tasting History invites you to see historical landmarks, hear the island’s history and taste the flavors that local restaurants have to offer.  They stop at 5-6 restaurants for tastings and the tour is about 2 1/2 hours. Tickets are $32.

Haunted Pub Crawl

Drink a pint in old Wilmington’s most actively haunted pubs. This tours last two and a half hours and is open only to adults age 21 and older. The ghost hunting tours take participants through several haunted pubs while telling eerie stories of thievery and murder. Tickets are $17.50 

Horse-drawn Trolley and Carriage Tours

See historic downtown Wilmington the old-fashioned way – by horse-drawn carriage or trolley. Your costumed driver narrates your unique tour along the riverfront and past stately mansions of historic Wilmington with rescued horses. The tour company utilizes horses which have been rescued from abusive or neglectful homes to transport you around the historic city. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Port City Daily Article on Riverwalk Projects

Wilmington Riverwalk

A new Port City Daily article discusses the Riverwalk extension project alongside the Port City Marina.

“In one project to begin this month, at a cost of $5.53 million, the city will build a concrete walkway to run along a private marina in development just north of the Wilmington Convention Center, where the Riverwalk currently terminates. The completion estimate is early 2014.”

“Immediately north of there is a $2.22 million plan for 1,100 feet of pile-supported timber boardwalk connecting with the marina walkway. It would run to the existing section of Riverwalk at Cowan Street that extends all the way to the Isabel Holmes Bridge. Construction is set for this fall toward a 2014 completion.”

You can read the full article here.

Progress Update

Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of interest and support for the Port City Marina. We are more excited than ever to get this project completed and open for the public to enjoy.  Our goal is to create a top-notch product for both locals and tourists to enjoy in downtown Wilmington area and we are confident the Port City Marina will be well worth the wait.

The Port City Marina project has endured many unforeseen conditions including construction delays, permitting issues, and some of the wettest weather in eastern North Carolina history.  Even with these delays our construction crews have made significant progress.  Many of you have asked for updates on the construction progress, which are included below.

Construction Progress to date:

  • Completed dredging the marina basin
  • Completed installation of the entire marina bulkhead with concrete cap
  • Completed installation of utilities for the marina
  • Currently working on railing system installation (expected to be complete in the next couple weeks)
  • Preparing the site to pour the concrete Riverwalk (expected to be complete in late September). This includes a stretch of 750 feet labeled the “Art Walk” featuring pedestrian art installations by local artists.

Port City Marina Site-Construction

Concrete Dock Manufacturing:
After an exclusive and lengthy search process, we have chosen a very qualified experienced dock system manufacturer, ProFloat, to construct the concrete floating docks.  They have started on dock construction at their warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland and we expect to have the first phase of docks in the next few months.  With that said, our initial opening date of Fall 2013 is unfortunately unattainable.  Rest assured we are working diligently to get the Port City Marina completed for early 2014.