Summer fun is ramping up at Essex Station with weekday specials and seasonal excursions that offer something for everyone! Families can enjoy a morning or an afternoon trip on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat in Essex, CT, while adults may opt to take a summer Cruise to Parrotdise for date night aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Essex Station is where summer adventure begins for all ages!
Essex Station’s best-known excursion, the Steam Train & Riverboat ride is open daily now through October. The two-and-a-half-hour journey begins at the historic Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can connect with the Becky Thatcher riverboat to extend their journey.
The train offers multiple options for car selections including the seasonal Open Air Car. Watch as your child experiences the unobscured sights and sounds of the train excursion with seats that provide front row access their first locomotive experience. This fun family adventure features breathtaking views along the Connecticut River and builds lasting memories. A day at Essex Station allows families to experience a new kind of adventure together.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat hosts unique excursions that make lifetime memories for all of their passengers. This summer the crew of pirate Captain Kidd will be joining in the adventure on the Connecticut River with a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt for children of all ages. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat will host the crew of pirates multiple times throughout the summer, giving everyone a chance to join in on the adventure!
Beat the summer heat with weekday specials now through August 23rd. Mondays are for the Dogs (and cats!) with $1 from each ticket going to an animal charity. Two-fer Tuesdays offer 2 tickets for the price of one. Wine-down Wednesdays are for Mom and Dad with $2 off wine selections. Thursdays are free t-shirt days! And every Friday will be Frozen Friday, including a free novelty treat for each passenger
After a day of adventuring with little ones, unwind on a 2-hour evening cruise down the Connecticut River. Visitors can enjoy idyllic sunsets from the deck of the Becky Thatcher on one of Essex Steam Train’s weekly Saturday Night Sunset Cruises. With 360-degree views of the Connecticut countryside, Sunset Cruises are the perfect conclusion to a summer day.
The Essex Steam Train and the Becky Thatcher riverboat are available to be chartered for private excursions. Essex Station has a variety of unique options for every event including weddings, conferences, or school trips. A trip by land, river, or steam can be accommodated as Essex Station. Stand out with a wedding reception hosted aboard 1920’s Pullman dining cars or in the ballroom at the historic Dickinson Bottling Plant!
Hand on the Throttle, and Murder Mysteries by the Acme Mystery Company are just a few of the unique options that will be offered at Essex Station this summer and fall. Gather family and friends, adventure starts here! Visit essexsteamtrain.com or call 860-767-0103 to get your tickets before they are sold out!
The Valley Railroad, which was founded in 1868, is a heritage railroad that has been operating in the lower Connecticut River Valley since 1971. It operates the Essex Steam Train and the Essex Clipper Dinner Train.
Valley Railroad also operates Lady Katherine Cruises, a unique and comfortable venue for events of all types. The 113’ long yacht has two fully enclosed, climate controlled dining decks and a magnificent tented observation deck, perfect for special occasions. Lady Katharine Cruises, also fondly known as Lady Kate, offers a memorable experience on the Connecticut River where you can see the historic landmarks, birdlife and picturesque sites along the river banks. For more information, visit ladykatecruises.com.