Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

  • 1 Railroad Ave. Map It
  • Essex
  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/08/2016

Fodor's Review

This ride offers some of the best views of the Connecticut River valley from 1920s-era coaches pulled by a vintage steam locomotive and an old-fashioned riverboat. The train, traveling along the Connecticut River through the lower valley, makes a 12-mile round-trip from Essex Station to Deep River Station; from there, if you wish to continue, you board the riverboat for a ride to East Haddam (the open promenade deck on the third level has the best views). The train also hosts seasonal events such as the North Pole Express, a nighttime trip to pick up Santa, and Day Out with Thomas, perfect for little ones who love the Thomas & Friends television show.

Sight Information


Valley Railroad Company, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, Connecticut, 06426, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Train $19, train and boat $29
  • May–Dec., hrs vary

Published 07/08/2016


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