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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

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Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
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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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Such a lovely ride

This was an absolute treat. I visited in October and timed the leave viewing wrong, so everything was still green. But no less beautiful or entertaining. The views were awesome... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was an absolute treat. I visited in October and timed the leave viewing wrong, so everything was still green. But no less beautiful or entertaining. The views were awesome and the staff on the train made for a great time. I would definitely do this again if in the area.

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Haddam, CT
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A blast from the past! Hop aboard the steam train at Centerbrook, CT, for a lovely tour up the rails to Goodspeed Opera House. You can book a dinner ride, and they have had Polar Express rides in December, which is a delight for kids and their parents. This ride can also connect with a river cruise on the CT... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I went on a trip co-sponsored by CT Audubon with the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat to see the massive tree swallow roost over the CT river. While the birds were incredible (400,000 of them!) the boat was packed, and only a third of folks were allowed on the top deck at once. It created a lot of tension among... More 

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is a MUST if you are in the area. Check the website for all the details for all the different types of trip. My 3rd time on the train!!! LOVE IT!

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Kelseyville, California
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131 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

New England States in the Autumn. Yes we did all 6 in August that year in ((1995 not 2016)). Wonderful vacation but we should have done only 3 that year then came back another year for the rest of the states. All of them needed time to take everything in and not be rushed. This review will be State #31... More 

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213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We did not ride the train. However we seen it was at the staton and curiosity got the better of us so we pulled into a busy parking lot. They were getting loaded up for their next North Pole adventure. Everyone we passed was quick to greet us and ask if we needed help finding our way. It was a... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The Santa Train was a big hit for the second year in a row. The characters, Santa, Mrs Clause, Rudolph, elves were great fun and even the bell ornaments handed out were different from last year. Great fun!!

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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175 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The Essex Steam Train as the Polar Express was a great family experience for both the children and us the parents, the Train Station was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the train absolutely awesome! The conductors were all dressed up as different characters, we had Raggedy Ann and she sang song that we all sang along too and they served... More 

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Whittier, California
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93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

has a Christmas Present to my wife and I My son and daughter in law treated us to the Santa Express Train ride today as a fan of old trains and having 2 grandsons what more could you ask for ? the boys were wide eyed with joy Trip is well worth it , look forward to summer and the... More 

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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Visited this place approx 6 months ago for the Thomas the Train Spectacular...yes, it was awesome. Went this time to the Santa Express. Loved it. The kids (3 years old) loved the train ride and the decorations (nicely displayed lights and Christmas decor). Had lunch there - food was ok. prices fair. Should have brought our our snacks for the... More 

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