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Aug
22
Tue
Summer Family Picnic Package: Only $99 @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 22 all-day

Summer Family Picnic Package: ONLY $99! ($159 value)

Just in time for the best of summer, we’re introducing a great lunch and excursion package that includes:

  • A train and boat ride for two adults and two children
  • Four vouchers for box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, beverage) redeemable at Trackside Cafe or from the Becky Thatcher refreshment counter
  • Add an additional adult for $29 or child for $19 (Please call with your confirmation number once you have placed the Package Order to 800-377-3987 to do so)
  • This special package is available now through August 27, 2017. Advance reservations of 24 hours or more is required.
Aug
23
Wed
Summer Family Picnic Package: Only $99 @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 23 all-day

Summer Family Picnic Package: ONLY $99! ($159 value)

Just in time for the best of summer, we’re introducing a great lunch and excursion package that includes:

  • A train and boat ride for two adults and two children
  • Four vouchers for box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, beverage) redeemable at Trackside Cafe or from the Becky Thatcher refreshment counter
  • Add an additional adult for $29 or child for $19 (Please call with your confirmation number once you have placed the Package Order to 800-377-3987 to do so)
  • This special package is available now through August 27, 2017. Advance reservations of 24 hours or more is required.
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Rhythm By the Rails-Lawn Concert @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
New to the schedule at Essex Station this year is Rhythm by the Rails, a live lawn concert series throughout the summer.

All bands perform rain or shine from 6:30-8:00 pm on the lawn of Essex Station and admission is FREE. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and jam out all summer long.

• June 21: Southern Voice —  modern country band

• July 18: Beatles Forever — Beatles tribute

• August 23: Rock Solid Alibi — classic rock n’roll

Aug
24
Thu
Summer Family Picnic Package: Only $99 @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 24 all-day

Summer Family Picnic Package: ONLY $99! ($159 value)

Just in time for the best of summer, we’re introducing a great lunch and excursion package that includes:

  • A train and boat ride for two adults and two children
  • Four vouchers for box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, beverage) redeemable at Trackside Cafe or from the Becky Thatcher refreshment counter
  • Add an additional adult for $29 or child for $19 (Please call with your confirmation number once you have placed the Package Order to 800-377-3987 to do so)
  • This special package is available now through August 27, 2017. Advance reservations of 24 hours or more is required.
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Lunch Excursion – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 24 @ 11:15 am

Enjoy a 3-course lunch aboard restored 1920’s Pullman dining cars as part of a 3.75 hour lunch, train and riverboat sightseeing excursion. Let our attentive staff transport you back to an era when rail travel was king, and eating in the “diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Upon boarding the dining car, you’ll savor a hot lunch that is prepared and cooked on board. Travel aboard the train along the lower Connecticut River Valley while you finish your meal. At Deep River Landing, transfer to the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise on the Connecticut River, bursting with lush scenery and historic sights such as Gillette Castle. Following your cruise, return to Essex Station aboard one of our coach passenger cars.

Itinerary
11:15 am Boarding at Essex Station
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Salad and main entrée served
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Scenic train excursion while finishing meal
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Dessert on train at Deep River Landing
1:10 pm – 2:45 pm Becky Thatcher riverboat excursion
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm Return coach train ride to Essex Station

Entrée Choices: Sliced Roast Beef / Beef Tips & Gravy / Baked Chicken / Chicken Parmesan

All entrées are served with Tossed Mix Greens Salad, Roll and Chef’s Choice Vegetable, Starch, Dessert

Cash Bar for Wine, Beer, Non-alcoholic beverages

 

Aug
25
Fri
Summer Family Picnic Package: Only $99 @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 25 all-day

Summer Family Picnic Package: ONLY $99! ($159 value)

Just in time for the best of summer, we’re introducing a great lunch and excursion package that includes:

  • A train and boat ride for two adults and two children
  • Four vouchers for box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, beverage) redeemable at Trackside Cafe or from the Becky Thatcher refreshment counter
  • Add an additional adult for $29 or child for $19 (Please call with your confirmation number once you have placed the Package Order to 800-377-3987 to do so)
  • This special package is available now through August 27, 2017. Advance reservations of 24 hours or more is required.
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Music on the Riverboat @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm

Essex Steam Train is taking our Sunset Cruises to a whole new height with Music on the Becky Thatcher! This summer, we’re hosting a concert series on our riverboat for guests to delight in great live music while taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Connecticut River.

August 25: Seat of Our Pants  Country and soulful bluegrass

  • Board the train at Essex Station for a 6:15 pm departure
  • 2-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat
  • Train brings you back to Essex Station approximately 9:00 pm
  • Food and beverage service are available at the fully stocked bar
    (Due to our liquor permit, no BYOB permitted)
  • Due to the time of day and duration of the cruise, the Sunset Cruise is not recommended for children under 10
  • Tickets are $45, advanced tickets recommended

The band will perform between the hours of 6:30-8:30PM. Join Essex Steam Train & the crew of the Becky Thatcher every month this summer as we dance the night away in front of a beautiful natural backdrop during our Music on the Becky Thatcher concert series!