Fall Foliage

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

Fall Foliage - © Jody Dole - Used by Permission - jodydole.com

© Jody Dole – Used by Permission – jodydole.com


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 on the river water.  Purchase Tickets

Essex Clipper Dinner Train: (Weekends) An autumn delight with seasonal offerings aboard our cozy dining cars, prepared and served in first class style. We add weekend lunch trips in October to be sure to catch the fall colors! Sold Out for 2016 Foliage Season

Haddam 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 am – 4:30 pm) with time for a river cruise, dining, and shopping! Purchase Tickets

Steam Train & Riverboat Lunch Excursion: (Select Weekdays) Expanded service for 2016, 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! Sold Out for 2016 Foliage Season

Friday Night Sunset / Swallow Cruise: (Friday Evenings) New for 2016, we’re extending our popular Friday Night Sunset Cruise into the fall months of September and October to catch the fall foliage and the Connecticut River swallows roosting on Goat Island. Purchase Tickets



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