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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Autumn Outing

This was our first time on the Essex Steam Train/Riverboat Excursion. The entire trip was so well... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chicago, Illinois
Wonderful way to spend a fall day

This was a really nice train/riverboat excursion. Very well organized. Relaxing trip down the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Diana F
Ijamsville, Maryland, United States
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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 good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“dinner train” (46 reviews)
“boat ride” (79 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Reviewed yesterday

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 4 days ago 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
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wife and I recently booked the combination of the Essex Steam train and Riverboat excursion trip. We both enjoyed the experience. The views of the various marinas and houses along the Connecticut River were awsome. The on boat narrative added extra information and details. This...More

Thank grouper1948
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second adventure on the Essex Steam Train and it was very nice. We did the Haddam Swing Bridge Fall Special which was a fall foliage excursion, combining sight-seeing, shopping, dining, and more. Once at the Goodspeed Station, we went on a boat...More

Thank glitterqueen1975
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a rainy day but that didn't stop the fun! The train ride was very fun. We rode the caboose which is totally different than a regular train car. The boat ride was also very good. We, along with many others, braved the rain...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take you love one for a romantic diner aboard the train and you will remember this forever. 5 star service and excellent food .

Thank bytom54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who doesn't like the Essex Connecticut train ride?? My wife took me for my birthday on the dinner train. The service was outstanding the food delicious and the sights, oh you'll just love them. No kidding, my steak was the best I've had in a...More

Thank Trafficman968
Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up next to the steam train so we're all a bit jaded by it. BUT, don't let me stop you from riding it. It is a true working steam engine that travels along a scenic section of the CT River. A boat tour...More

Thank Karl K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat combo ride on a beautiful October day. We thoroughly enjoyed the train ride & saw beautiful fall leaves while passing thru some little towns. The Riverboat ride was even better with the beautiful river & fall...More

Thank miffie98
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had great trip on Steam hauled train, unfortunately the first class seats were all taken but comfy seats in other carriages. Bob and Thomas were great and the Riverboat trip was very busy but although sitting downstairs we still had good view all around.Glad to...More

Thank auldleither
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Chrissy R
5 September 2017|
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Response from Jackalcall | Reviewed this property |
We wore nice casual
17 August 2017|
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Response from SavoyNewYorker | Reviewed this property |
Air quality is fine. Don't sit in open train car as smoke from the engine will affect him. Board a car further down the line and you won't have a problem. There are plenty to chose from. Have fun!
6 July 2017|
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Response from annmmar | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is.