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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Essex, CT

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Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426, USA How do we get there? Number: 860 767-0103
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About this activity

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! 

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How much does it cost?



$29 for both. $19 steam train only



$19 for both. $10 steam train only


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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat FAQ’s

They are dedicated to giving you a historic and fun experience, so the narration is there to let you learn something new to appreciate the journey more!

The dinner train will let you enjoy some pretty tasty foods, from prime ribs, chicken, vegetables or salmon. There is also a Trackside Cafe that serves hot dogs, sandwiches, and snacks.

Check out some of the fun special events they have, like the Santa special that will let them experience the North Pole!

There is a gift shop at the Essex depot where you can pick up train memorabilia, gifts, souvenirs such as cups, mugs, magnets and postcards

Kids LOVE a steam train! They offer educational trips where kids can learn the science of the train, the history, and the ecology of the area! Round trip is $12 per person

The dinner train menu has healthy options, such as gluten free, fish, fruit and salad

If you have special needs, just give them a call to discuss before you book!

You can choose extras, such as the first class car, open car or caboose for additional costs

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