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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Dinner on the train

We enjoyed a wonderful evening on the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. The food was excellent and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Steam Train and River Boat

Steam Train and a River Boat ride is a great summertime get away. Nothing like stepping back in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“boat ride” (78 reviews)
“dinner train” (44 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed a wonderful evening on the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. The food was excellent and the service superb as we traveled north alongside the Connecticut River. The bar was well stocked with what we wanted including a Sauvignon Blanc which wasn't even on the...More

Thank john15018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Steam Train and a River Boat ride is a great summertime get away. Nothing like stepping back in time. There are bathrooms but they aren't the greats and are very small on the train. The train drops you off at the river boat and you...More

Thank travelmanRA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The last three years, I booked the North Pole Express for my family! I can't wait until we go again in December. It is such a great time. You actually have your own actor for your train car perform throughout the ride. It is such...More

Thank teatimekids
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoy train rides and thought this would be fun to do. Well organized and sat in the car that had cushioned swivel seats. You are able to order beverages while on the ride. Then the train stops and goes back to the boat launch....More

1  Thank Kelly R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's was our anniversary fun and it was fun. A great cigar n whiskey on riverboat watching the sunset was awesome

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recommend taking the combination train & boat ride down the CT River. The 2.5 hr trip is worth the drive, what an awesome afternoon it was. The Boat Narrator was quite informative and the train staff very friendly & even did a scavenger hunt...More

Thank Jay V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A scenic ride along the Ct. River on one side and the historic Saybrook rd on the other, a step back in time, an enjoyable excursion.

Thank frank k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must do in the area of New Haven/Essec CT. Great staff that was friendly and came around to talk to all the passengers. Train is very cool start to the trip. What I loved the most was the Steamboat trip gave you great views...More

1  Thank jwcorbett
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the train and boat on a Friday night that added live music. The novelty of the train was cool, however it would have been nice to hear somebody speak about the train or the history. The boat was your standard river boat, that...More

1  Thank falford
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In short it was great. The staff were friendly and made amazing efforts. The trains were beautiful. The boat trip was fun. If you're in Essex and you have kids then you have to do this.

Thank FDLondon
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Chrissy R
5 September 2017|
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Response from Vetskidog | Reviewed this property |
You can wear whatever you want. Dress to impress your date. Have fun.
17 August 2017|
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Response from SavoyNewYorker | Reviewed this property |
Air quality is fine. Don't sit in open train car as smoke from the engine will affect him. Board a car further down the line and you won't have a problem. There are plenty to chose from. Have fun!
6 July 2017|
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Response from annmmar | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is.