Calendar

Apr
30
Sun
Day Out With Thomas @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am

After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine! But wait, there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited rides on 5 carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out With Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine & Megablok play areas! PLUS, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show!

May
6
Sat
Day Out With Thomas @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 6 @ 9:00 am

After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine! But wait, there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited rides on 5 carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out With Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine & Megablok play areas! PLUS, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show!

May
7
Sun
Day Out With Thomas @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 7 @ 9:00 am

After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine! But wait, there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited rides on 5 carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out With Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine & Megablok play areas! PLUS, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show!

May
13
Sat
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 13 @ 10:00 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.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train Mothers Day Weekend Special @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 13 @ 12:00 pm

Special Mothers Day Weekend Excursions: May 13 & May 14 at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Treat Mom aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food-this recipe for a fine dining experience is enhanced during a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

May
14
Sun
Day Out With Mom @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 14 @ 10:00 am

A special outing for the special women in our lives. Treat Mom to a memorable Steam Train and Riverboat ride – celebrate a picture-perfect day on our vintage rail cars and riverboat. The day is complete with a complimentary potted Marigold plant for Mom to enjoy all summer long!

Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 14 @ 10:00 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.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train Mothers Day Weekend Special @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 14 @ 12:00 pm

Special Mothers Day Weekend Excursions: May 13 & May 14 at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Treat Mom aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food-this recipe for a fine dining experience is enhanced during a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

May
16
Tue
Lunch Excursion-Essex Steam Train & Riverboat @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 16 @ 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

May
20
Sat
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
May 20 @ 10:15 am

May 20 & 21 Only, enjoy an extended excursion at 10:15 am from Essex to northern most point of our active track in Haddam. The 10:15 am excursion is 1 hour 45 minutes for Train Only and 3 hours 15 minutes for Train & Riverboat.

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.