Essex Steam Train & Riverboat


Take a break from driving with a vintage train trip through the Connecticut River Valley. If you like, combine your ride with a riverboat cruise. You’ll depart by rail from Essex station for a 12-mile narrated trip through wetlands and towns to Deep River Landing. Here, you’ll board the three-deck Becky Thatcher riverboat and glide past coves, inlets, and historical sites like the Goodspeed Opera House. Some trips also combine a train and ferry ride with a hike to Gillette Castle.


1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, Connecticut 06426


41.35157100, -72.40533900

Open Hours

Early May–mid-Jun.: weekends. Mid-Jun.–Aug.: daily. Sept.: Fri.–Sun. Oct.: Fri.–Tues. Train-only departures: 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30. Train with riverboat connection: 11, 12:30, 2 (and 3:30 on Sat.).
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(860) 767-0103

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