Mommy & Me Tea

May 11 & 12, 2024

Take in the beautiful spring scenery on this 1 ½  hour round-trip train ride through the Connecticut River Valley, as you enjoy this intimate family excursion. Delight in an assortment of teas, finger sandwiches, pastries, sweets and more, aboard a beautifully restored 1920s era Pullman Dining car. Your car hosts will be providing top of the line care and service for you and your family and friends. Relax as the rhythm of the rails, accompanied by classical melodies, transports you to a simpler time of elegance that only we can provide.

Lei’d Back Luau

June 14, 2024

Whether you’re seeking fun, relaxation, or simply a taste of paradise, the Lei’d Back Luau promises an unforgettable experience for all. Indulge in a tropical menu of island-style barbeque, sweet and savory desserts, and cocktails sporting an exotic flair. Live music, tiki torches, and palm leaves await! So grab your grass skirts, slip on your flip-flops, and join us for a summer soirée that’s sure to be the highlight of the summer.

Princess Academy & Royal Tea

August 18 & September 7, 2024

SOLD OUT- June 15, July 20, July 21 & August 17, 2024

Let us make all of your wishes come true on June 15, July 20 and August 17, 2024 when you attend our first Princess Academy and Royal Tea. Dress your Princess in training in her prettiest dress or gown and join our beautiful Belle of the Valley and her regal companions in the Grand Ballroom at Essex Station for an unforgettable and magical afternoon.

Donuts with Dad

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Kick off your Father’s Day celebrations this year with a morning train & riverboat cruise on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat! It’s our annual Donuts with Dad breakfast celebration and we will be featuring a giant selection of delicious treats from the Beach Donut Shop in Clinton CT!

Hideaway Circus: Canvas Sky

June 28 – 30, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming tour of Canvas Sky, an all new outdoor show from Hideaway Circus. Following the success of three Stars Above tours, this new and unforgettable spectacle embarks on a 35-week journey to over 60 towns in 22 states promising to inspire the imagination and warm hearts across America.

Tacos & Tequila Cruise

July 12 & 19, 2024

It’s time for Tacos, Tequila and Tunes aboard the Tacos & Tequila Cruise! Ride our vintage train pulled by our antique diesel locomotive to our riverboat where you will enjoy a Margarita, a taco bar, other light food and live music. Ticket includes train & boat excursion, (1)  Margarita, taco bar, other light food and music. Additional beverages are available for purchase aboard the boat.

Brick Brunch

July 27, 2024

Brick Builders Unite! Engage your imagination and join us July 27 for our first Brick Brunch aboard the Essex Steam Train!


2024 Hand on the Throttle

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and actually operate a full size steam locomotive! Registrants receive home study materials covering railroad and steam locomotive safety as well as basic steam locomotive theory and operation.