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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
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“boat ride”(89 reviews)
Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing excursion through some of the most scenic areas of Connecticut: scenic train ride in restored railroad cars pulled by a coal-fired locomotive and a ride up the Connecticut River by...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Reviewed today via mobile

Get there early so you can enjoy the displays they have in the building with a dozen Christmas trees and cut outs for photos. A large sleigh is a great photo op for the family too. Free face painting and craft making art available for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Christina M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We and our grandson thoroughly enjoyed the event. The program was well planned and entertaining. However, I would give the customer service 10 stars if I could. We purchased items at the gift shop before the train ride. Somehow, we were separated from the bag...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Roy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time with the grandkids on the Santa Special train. There was an elf in our car who kept everyone intertained the whole trip. The childeren were elves in training, receiving an elf hat when they got on the train.. There was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank KeithC760
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove 3 hours from our NJ home for this Santa train ride and it was worth it. This operation is well set up. We received instructions along with our tickets on what to expect. We were guided to a parking space and towards the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank A208OVsusanh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great way to get a little steam-train fix- and get out on the river boat, as well! The train trip is a nice relaxing ride- just through some pretty back country. The steamboat was a real bonus- beautiful views and some interesting...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Joan A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booked the train & boat option & were glad we booked in advance as they were sold out on the day for the combined tickets. Authentic historical station, decorated for Halloween & playing music for the times. Staff dressed up for Halloween as well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Angie M
Reviewed 6 November 2018

My husband and I took the eagle viewing tour. I HIGHLY recommend spending the extra money to sit in the car with the comfy seats! The conservationist sat in there with us and we got tons of great information from her. We spotted several eagles...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jadai
Reviewed 30 October 2018

We took the lunch train and boat ride combo and it was a very pleasant experience. We went in October on a weekday so it was not too crowded. The food was good, made fresh that day, not made ahead of time and kept in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gart W
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Great fall afternoon with our 2 year old daughter. Trains are in great condition and everyone was friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank grills721
Reviewed 20 October 2018

I have been going on this train ride about once a year for the last 30 years. I took my children when they were small and I just took my cousins from the west coast yesterday. You need to call in advance to make sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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2 September 2018|
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Response from AdventuresomeCouple | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. You can also buy food and drinks on the boat
19 July 2018|
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Response from muzaffarkarim | Reviewed this property |
two and half hours for a complete trip.