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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Fabulous Christmas experience

Fun day with kids and grandkids on the Essex steam train Santa train ride. Very exciting for the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Woodbury, New York
Santa train

First class car definitely worth the upgrade. Very spacious and comfortable. Santa and friends... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Branford, Connecticut
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • 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 6 days ago

Fun day with kids and grandkids on the Essex steam train Santa train ride. Very exciting for the little ones ages 2,3, and 5. Great way to get in the holiday spirit. Prices are reasonable. We did the Reindeer breakfast after the train ride. Couldn’t...More

Thank ladyjj1025
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First class car definitely worth the upgrade. Very spacious and comfortable. Santa and friends each visited with every child. There was a sing alone at the end and the entire crew was super friendly.

Thank MrsS0613
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I took a day trip to nearby Essex steam train and riverboat. Purchasing tickets in advance was essential since the tours are popular and sell out quickly. There is sufficient parking in the gravel lot. As with most travelers, we had coach...More

Thank RoadtripCowboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went as a group of 14. Since we booked early enough, they were able to get us in the same train and we sat next to each other. What a great experience!!! The kids loved it and the staff was amazing. It looks like...More

Thank Greek2m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently went to Essex to ride the steam train for the Santa Special which is the day time version of the Polar Express. It is quite a nice ride along the scenic shores of CT. The train ride is approx 1 hour ( 30...More

Thank michygal05
Reviewed 9 November 2017 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 30 October 2017 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 26 October 2017

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 25 October 2017

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 23 October 2017

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
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Rich w
23 October 2017|
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Response from joemiller2016 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, definitely.
Esther L
22 October 2017|
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Response from travelmanRA | Reviewed this property |
not on the train, but there is a place on the boat.
Chrissy R
5 September 2017|
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Response from Jackalcall | Reviewed this property |
We wore nice casual