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Fall Foliage Cruise

Imagine traveling through one of the “last great places on earth” with a front row seat on nature’s annual display! We have a multitude of options to take you through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley in comfort and style.

Make this magnificent autumnal adventure an annual Fall Foliage tradition for the memory books!

Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion

(Weekends & Weekdays)
This 2-1/2 hour nature excursion is guaranteed to reawaken all of your senses. Relax and soak up the colorful sights while gently rolling through the countryside aboard vintage train coaches. From the open decks of the Becky Thatcher riverboat, you’ll revel in stunning views of the hills bursting with color and reflecting off of the river.

  • 2018 Tickets Coming Soon


Essex Clipper Dinner Train

An autumnal delight with seasonal offerings aboard our cozy dining cars, prepared
and served in first class style. We add weekend trips in October at 12:00 p.m. to ensure you catch the fall colors!


Haddam Swing Bridge Fall Special

(Weekends in October)
All Aboard for a delightful fall foliage excursion, combining sight-seeing, shopping,
dining, and culture in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam. A full day trip (11:20 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with
time for a river cruise, dining, and shopping!


Steam Train & Riverboat Lunch Excursion

(Select Weekdays)
Enjoy a delicious lunch aboard our dining car as you travel northbound, connect
with the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a relaxing cruise and return aboard the famous Essex Steam Train!

  • 2018 Tickets Coming Soon


 Saturday Night Sunset / Swallow Cruise

(Saturday Evenings September 1-29, 2018)

Hop on board to catch the gorgeous fall foliage and watch as the Connecticut River swallows roost on Goose Island.