Going on a steam train is always super fun…feeling like you’re going back in time heading out on an adventure. But with Essex Steam Train and Riverboats, you get to enjoy the steam train adventure AND an amazing riverboat experience – all on the one tour!
Essex Steam Train and Riverboats are a great way to not only have a great time, but to learn about the history of the train and the area.
Your adventure begins at the 1892 Essex Station, before you embark on a 2.5 hour journey that takes you 12 miles into the heart of the Connecticut River Valley. This narrated round trip takes you to, what has been called, “one of the last great places on earth”
Sounds pretty special!
The vintage locomotive pulls you at 20mph through stunning New England towns like Deep River and Chester. Kids can experience the beautiful countryside, including pristine meadows, millpond with waterfall, and even a farm!
Make sure you have your camera for all the bridges and trestles over creeks and rivers, and one of the highlights is the Selden Neck State Park – only accessible by boat!
It’s an amazing experience, and one that will let you spot some pretty amazing wildlife too!
Then, at the end of your steam train journey you will be taken onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1 1/4 hour cruise along the Connecticut River! From multiple decks you can experience the marshes, wildlife, coves, inlets, and pretty special rocky shoreline!
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat also offer dinner train rides too.
Great family fun in New England!