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The Essex Steam Train & River Boat Ride.
1 Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0103 -- Toll Free:(800) 377-3987

Enjoy an old fashioned 1920's Steam Train Ride in period Pullman Train Cars, pulled along side of the Connecticut River by early 1900 Steam Locomotive. The Dining Car offers food and drink to be enjoyed during the ride. In Deep River the train will allow you to Disembark (If combination ticket was purchased) and board the River Boat to cruise up the Connecticut River to the East Haddam Swing Bridge. An abundance of wild birds can be seen along the banks, and in the skies around the river. American Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and Brown Eagles are frequently spotted along the shores, especially in the Winter months when the Eagles migrate to the Connecticut River to hunt fresh fish.

A combination ticket is a 2.5 hour ride

Contact the Steam train for information regarding their terrific Diner Train! A wonderful dining experience.
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The Goodspeed Opera House
Goodspeed Landing, Route 82
East Haddam, CT 06423
Phone: 860-873-8668 or 860-873-8664

The Goodspeed Opera House is famous for its nationally acclaimed Theatre productions of musicals and plays. Two performances created and owned by the Goodspeed are, "Annie" and "Man of LaMancha". The Opera house features a beautiful grand curved stairway, that visitors climb to gain access to the theater seating on the 3rd and 4th floors. The Green Room is a Victorian marvel, and the intermissions allow members of the Opera House foundation to enjoy an evening sunset on the rear veranda, overlooking the river.

Three Shows are produced here annually. The Goodspeed has a sister Theatre across the river in Chester, Connecticut, about 6 miles away.

Tours are available, Call for more information.

Days/Hours: Wed. 2 & 7:30pm, Thur. 7:30 pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 4 & 8:30pm, Sun. 2 & 6:30pm

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Connecticut River Expeditions
67 Main Street
Essex, Connecticut 06426
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View Essex Harbor and the scenic Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest, a new 54' eco-tour vessel.Public excursions offered daily at 1pm and 3pm and last 1.5 hour. and a Sunset/evening cruise, dependent on sunset. During the cruise, captain and crew will point out wildlife/point of interest. Also available: Special Cruises (Sunset, foliage, eagle, birding, winter); Intimate Private Charters (company outings, family gatherings, birthday parties, use your imagination). Cruise leave from The Connecticut River Museum at the foot of Main Street, Essex. Check at the dock or with RiverQuest (860-662-0577) for further information.
Private Charters do take precedence.

Interested in private affordable ballroom dance lessons for Weddings, Parties, Large groups, or for Couples just wanting to learn to dance?

Contact Susan Morgan at

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Natures Art Discovery - Dinosaur Park for Kids
1650 Route 85 - Oakdale, CT 06370 -- 860.443.4367 -- WEB SITE:

An interactive science, nature experience with artifact shopping and souveniers. A 31-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex named "Monty" will greet you in the parking lot, and let your adventure begin. They offer a Fossil Gallery, Activity Center, Pan for gold, dig for gems and wonderful crystals. All of the treasures you find are yours to keep. There is a 1.5 mile long trail that you can walk that offers a display of a variety of dinosaurs along your walk. There is also a picnic area.

Hours of operation:
Open daily. School and Scout educational programs are available. For hours and information visit us at or call 860-443-GEMS.

I-95, exit 82, follow Route 85 north past Crystal Mall, under I-395, and your will find it on your left in about 2 miles from passing under I-395.

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The Connecticut Towns the make up the "primary" region of the CT River Valley are... Essex, Old Saybrook, Chester, Deep River, Old Lyme, Westbrook, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Haddam, Lyme, Clinton, Higganum, Ivoryton, Centerbrook, Killingworth and Madison, CT.

Additional nearby Towns that I like to try to include in some of what this web site covers include... Guilford, East Lyme, Niantic, Groton, Uncasville, Norwich, Waterford, Mystic Seaport, New London, Norwich, Colchester, Durham, Cromwell, Hartford Waterfront, Portland, and Middletown, CT.

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