Local Attractions

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  1. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – Essex. Centrally located in the Connecticut River Valley, the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is a great place to start your adventure. Be sure to visit River Valley Junction, an interactive museum located adjacent to Essex Station. Plan to spend: 3 – 4 hours
  2. Essex Village – Visit “The Best Small Town in America.” Shops, restaurants, and the Connecticut River MuseumPlan to spend: 2 – 3 hours plus time for lunch
  3. Chester Village – Boutiques, galleries and restaurants in this quaint artist community. Plan to spend: 2 hours plus time for lunch
  4. Gillette Castle State Park – Hadlyme. Once the home of William Gillette, a turn-of-the-century actor known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on Broadway. Plan to spend: 1.5 to 2 hours, plus time for a picnic lunch or hike
  5. East Haddam Village – Shops and the Goodspeed Opera HousePlan to spend: 1 hour, plus 3 hours for Goodspeed performance
  6. Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme. Recently expanded, this former art colony home showcases American Impressionist art. Plan to spend: 1.5 to 2 hours

For those traveling to visit, we’ve compiled a list of local restaurants and lodging.
Bargain hunters will find upscale outlet shopping at the Tanger Outlets (Westbrook) and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.