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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Address: One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-0103
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing excursion through some of the...
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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 in restored railroad cars pulled by a coal-fired locomotive and a ride up the Connecticut River by riverboat.

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Essex, Ct was once dubbed the " Best Small Town in America". Honestly, it reminds me of my hometown in NJ except it has that New England feel to it. They have the Steam Train, Riverboat, Cruises, and many other historical landmarks and sites to visit...but you can find that in many other small towns all over our country! Definitely... More 

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85 reviews 85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Have been wanting to try the Essex train for quite a bit of time and finally took a day and enjoyed it!!! Was a great day to enjoy the views from all over the route. Hopefully next time will be going on the riverboat....

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Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We have visited the polar express train every year for the last 5 -6 years. While this was still a lot of fun, Ruby our entertainer was great and people we were sitting near made the trip enjoyable, i have to say that I am a bit disappointed. Santa did indeed visit the train he didn't stop to visit EVERY... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Santa's elves bring you on a train ride to the North Pole. On the way there you play tons of games (such as christmas charades), sing christmas carols, and dance! Once at the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Clause bring you hot chocolate, cookies, and a present. The entire train ride is about 90 minutes, maybe a little longer. So... More 

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Connecticut
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took the 5pm train mid November. It was still light out when we waited to board the train so we were able to make some nice pictures with the train. The ride itself was fun and very entertaining. Try to sit on the platform side because you will have a better view of Santa once he is back at... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was our first time doing this after years of hearing our friends tell us how great it was to bring their kids with them. Now that our son is almost 3 we decided to do it. It was well worth it!!! The entertainment was great and perfect for the kids! The Hot Chocolate that they give you was so... More 

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New Haven, CT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We had done the Essex train ride in October a couple of yeas ago, and we all loved it- we thoroughly enjoyed beautiful scenery during the leisurely moving train. The train itself was very charming with lots of vintage character, and it was comfortable! So when we got invited by our friends to join them for a Polar Express ride,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I just read a poor review of the polar express,and I think it was an isolated incident as far as seating goes. We had a great time, the children were so happy that it brought a tear to my eye. My little one really believed she went to the North Pole.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

With my husband a steam train enthusiast this trip was a "must" for us. The train trip is quite short at only half an hour and at it's furthest point let's off those people who are heading up to Gillette Castle via the ferry rather than take the boat trip. The boat trip was quite interesting due to a knowledgeable... More 

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North Arlington, New Jersey
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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Two couples booked the dinner train for a Sunday evening. We were greeted so warmly. We were seated in the private table not in the main part of the train. This was just perfect for the four of us, able to talk without disturbing others. Our waiter John was great as well as funny. We all had the prime rib... More 

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