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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Recommend First class

Our first time on the Steam Train and Riverboat. It is a relaxing lazy day for sure. The option for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Delray Beach, Florida
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Hand On The Throttle

My boyfriend booked this in the spring when we were there for the dinner train, which is amazing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 riverboat.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“dinner train” (48 reviews)
“boat ride” (82 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time on the Steam Train and Riverboat. It is a relaxing lazy day for sure. The option for first class is a must for the few extra dollars. First class has nice comfortable swivel cloth seats and windows that open for excellent photography....More

Thank Beaching4life
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend booked this in the spring when we were there for the dinner train, which is amazing. He was able to drive a steam engine 7 miles. He said it was one of the best experiences of his life. Great place to visit!!!

Thank Debby S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes it was very interesting to see the old trains and then ride on the river. Sadly it was raining and chilly that day so the scenery was not ideal. The train is tired ( first class) and the waitress was either new or very...More

Thank 60nantucket
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got to eat in an old dining car with period music to enhance the occasion. The ride was lovely on a fall afternoon. After the scenic train ride and lunch we went on the Riverboat. The day was perfect for a ride along the...More

Thank yellowbirdVermont
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traveled from PA on a day trip (about 3 hours away) to see some fall leaves and found this online. We decided to book and took the 12:30pm Friday afternoon fall foliage train and riverboat ride. We arrived in Essex about 12pm and picked up...More

Thank keh199
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we went with a group from a photo club, as a photo op/trip turns out that even though it was a nice day, train ride & boat ride; it was NOT a photo op the day was wonderful, so was the weather-it was a nice...More

Thank leo t
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did the train and boat tour package. Our first stop after picking up our tickets was the cafe on site. We had to hurry there to make our reserved time. This is why I would recommend buying your tickets early and online. I wanted...More

Thank Heidi S
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Spent a lovely fall day in Essex. Took the train along the Connecticut river- with narration. The train dropped us at the dock to board the riverboat. We cruised the river past Gillette Castle (Beautiful - if you ever get the chance to tour the...More

Thank L M
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This was our first time on the Essex Steam Train/Riverboat Excursion. The entire trip was so well organized. We purchased coach tickets for the train, first class not really needed. The train was not crowded, we were there on Thursday morning, the afternoon train looked...More

Thank cyclst8
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This was a really nice train/riverboat excursion. Very well organized. Relaxing trip down the Connecticut River. Highly recommend this if you are visiting the Essex area.

Thank Diana F
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Rich w
22 October 2017|
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Response from joemiller2016 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely.
Esther L
21 October 2017|
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Response from SavoyNewYorker | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase snacks, food prior to boarding the train if you like. You can arrange for dinner on certain days and times and also breakfast with Santa on certain days as well. You can purchase sandwiches, hot dogs... More
Chrissy R
4 September 2017|
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Response from Jackalcall | Reviewed this property |
We wore nice casual