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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Day Out with Thomas a blast

For 46 years the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat has been delighting children and adults of all... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Brian B
Woodbridge, CT
ESTR Day Out With Thomas - Smooth Operation

I attended the annual Day Out With Thomas event at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat today with my... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Norwich, CT
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“dinner train” (42 reviews)
“boat ride” (72 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

For 46 years the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat has been delighting children and adults of all ages with rail passenger travel as it would have occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I am a volunteer with the "Friends of the Valley...More

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I attended the annual Day Out With Thomas event at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat today with my Sister-in-Law, Niece, Grand Niece and friend. What a smooth operation they have there! Parking was offsite and there were clear and abundant signs directing traffic accordingly. Since...More

Thank Pisces4444
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This was an absolute treat. I visited in October and timed the leave viewing wrong, so everything was still green. But no less beautiful or entertaining. The views were awesome and the staff on the train made for a great time. I would definitely do...More

Thank Chelseawesome
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A blast from the past! Hop aboard the steam train at Centerbrook, CT, for a lovely tour up the rails to Goodspeed Opera House. You can book a dinner ride, and they have had Polar Express rides in December, which is a delight for kids...More

Thank auntiearwen
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I went on a trip co-sponsored by CT Audubon with the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat to see the massive tree swallow roost over the CT river. While the birds were incredible (400,000 of them!) the boat was packed, and only a third of folks...More

2  Thank wildlifephotog
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a MUST if you are in the area. Check the website for all the details for all the different types of trip. My 3rd time on the train!!! LOVE IT!

Thank Dodie G
Reviewed 26 January 2017

New England States in the Autumn. Yes we did all 6 in August that year in ((1995 not 2016)). Wonderful vacation but we should have done only 3 that year then came back another year for the rest of the states. All of them needed...More

Thank jaduckcoin
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We did not ride the train. However we seen it was at the staton and curiosity got the better of us so we pulled into a busy parking lot. They were getting loaded up for their next North Pole adventure. Everyone we passed was quick...More

1  Thank Thedevelopingimage
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The Santa Train was a big hit for the second year in a row. The characters, Santa, Mrs Clause, Rudolph, elves were great fun and even the bell ornaments handed out were different from last year. Great fun!!

Thank giaabruzzi
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The Essex Steam Train as the Polar Express was a great family experience for both the children and us the parents, the Train Station was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the train absolutely awesome! The conductors were all dressed up as different characters, we had...More

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How much is a dinner train ride.?
25 August 2016|
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Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
The train ride was about $48.00 each for the lunch cruise. For what you get the price is very good. Had a great time.
What's the Riverboat schedule for July 18, 19? We have a tight schedule and might want to do latest trip on the 18th or early the 19th.
1 July 2016|
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Response from Carol Ann P | Reviewed this property |
You can find out more information by any of the following methods. The Valley Railroad Company One Railroad Avenue P.O. Box 452 Essex, CT 06426 Phone: (860) 767-0103 | (800) 377-3987 FAX: (860) 767-0104
Are dogs allowed on the Train and/or boat?
27 September 2015|
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Response from dizydean | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't know