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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426
860-767-0103
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Tours
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing excursion through some of the most scenic areas of Connecticut: scenic train ride... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Highland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I along with friends decided to make the trip from Highland, NY to Essex Ct. to take the Steam Train and Riverboat excursion. We opted to ride in the First Class car on the Steam Train and found the single padded seats to be comfortable. They also had drink service and the seats allowed you to swivel... More

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Effort, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The combination of train and boat ride were well worth the time and money. The train cars are nicely restored and comfortable to ride in. The boat ride up and back on the Connecticut River is a calm and enjoyable experience. One of the sights that is pointed out by the announcer, the Gillette Castle, was where we had just... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The "fun" element in this is probably more for children than adults, but it is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. We were on the Open Car on the train, so the commentary was barely audible over the sound of the train. And like everyone else wrote - sit on the RIGHT SIDE. We were on the left,... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My husband and I recently made our first trip to Essex and the steam train/riverboat topped our list of things to do. We rode "first class" and enjoyed some cocktails from our plush swivel chairs while taking in the sights. This car is the only one where alcohol is allowed, and drinks cost about $6 and up, As other reviewers... More

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Chambersburg, PA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I were looking forward to this attraction; however, we were sorely disappointed. The parking area at this location is nasty. It's in a grass field off a dirt/sand causeway. Then you must walk along a dirt path for quite some distance to get to the train, which we did. We paid extra for the "so-called" 1st class... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great experience with kids under 7. My kids are experienced steam train riders (thomas, polar express, etc) and they haven't grown tired of the steam train experience but we wanted to added a little something and this train/river excursion was just the ticket. First things first, as the other review has said, SIT ON THE RIGHT! That means, when you... More

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West Hartford CT
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89 reviews 89 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

my kids loved the ride. Lets get that out of the way first, in case your focus is something to do with the kids. I also only rode the train, it was POURING down rain when we visited, so maybe the riverboat would have coaxed 4-stars out of me, but the train itself was a bit underwhelming. Rode in 1st... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My three-year-old loves trains, so he was thrilled to get to ride a steam engine that actually burned coal. We road in the Pullman (extra $12/person--worth it). When you board the train at the station, sit on the right side of the train--the narration plays HEAVILY to the right side, leaving the poor souls on the left side to look... More

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New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I are fans of the bygone steam engine railroads and we loved seeing one lovingly restored and running in Essex, CT. We arrived early and toured some old cars, a restored Pullman dining car, plus a little museum next door that covered other aspects of life in that area. The train then chugged along the Connecticut River... More

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Douglas MA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband & I have always wanted to do the steam boat & riverboat ride so went camping in the area just for the reason. On a beautiful summer day we took our trip & were not disappointed. We splurge for first class & shared a margarita which was really strong. The train trip is about 1/2 an hour long... More

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