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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

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Address: One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426
Phone Number: 860-767-0103
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: Take one or both tours in combination for a delightful sightseeing...
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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Foliage ride

We took the Essex train for the foliage trip in October 2014. What a beautiful vintage train that has a lot of character. I enjoyed just kicking back, people watching and talking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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135 reviews 135 reviews
34 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We took the Essex train for the foliage trip in October 2014. What a beautiful vintage train that has a lot of character. I enjoyed just kicking back, people watching and talking to my husband. They give you history about certain sights as you take a leisurely ride. Then we took the riverboat and had more fun. You can walk... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Overall a great time for anyone interested in trains, the history of the region, or bird watching (eagles & hawks mainly). Very knowledgeable and friendly crew and fun time for the family.

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Telluride, Colorado
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We bought our tickets online, and noticed on their website that we could save some money on our senior fare by going on a certain day of the week. Our plans were flexible, so we went for the extra discount. There's a flaw on the website, because the total fare charged was not discounted. When we arrived at the train... More 

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Riverside, RI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This trip was very informative about the local history. The train ride went through our little community and the narrative was historic. It would be difficult for small children to sit still after the first 15 minutes or so. They do have rides especially designed with children in mind. These are usually sold out early so I think they are... More 

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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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93 reviews 93 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
7 helpful votes 7 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

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
32 helpful votes 32 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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18 reviews 18 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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