Local Attractions

  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 & Ivoryton Village– Visit “The Best Small Town in America” and explore the shops, restaurants, and the Connecticut River Museum. The quaint village of Ivoryton offers the famous Ivoryton Playhouse along with great restaurant options. Plan to spend: 2 – 3 hours plus time for lunch or dinner and a show
  3. Deep  River –  Once referred to as “Queen of the Valley”, this charming town is one of the best-kept secrets along the CT River.  A short walk from Deep River Station, Main Street offers a nice selection of unique shops and eateries.  Plan to spend: 2 hours for lunch and shopping
  4. Chester Village – Boutiques, galleries, and restaurants in this quaint artist community. Plan to spend: 2 hours plus time for lunch
  5. 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 – 2 hours, plus time for a picnic lunch or hike
  6. East Haddam Village – Shops and the Goodspeed Opera HousePlan to spend: 1 hour, plus 3 hours for Goodspeed performance
  7. Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme – Recently expanded, this former art colony home showcases American Impressionist art. Plan to spend: 1.5 – 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 Westbrook Outlets (Westbrook) and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.