Connecticut Dinner Train

Board the Elegant Essex Clipper and Enjoy a 4 Course Meal and Beautiful Views of the Valley

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About This Experience

General Information hide

Climb aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a two and a half hour scenic journey through the Connecticut River Valley. You and your guest will savor a four-course meal served in lavishly restored 1920’s Pullman cars.

Relax with the rhythm of the rails, traveling back to a time when trains were king and “dinner in the diner” was a decadent special occasion. Indulge in a delicious four course meal during this breathtaking sightseeing excursion through the beautiful Valley, named one of the “last great places on Earth”by the Nature Conservitory. Travel northward from Essex Station through scenic towns, serene forests and picturesque meadows. On the trek back, you and your guest will pass the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek, spotting geese, Blue Herons, and even Bald Eagles!

Combining brilliant sights and a relaxing atmosphere, the Essex Clipper has something for everyone. So whether you are looking to take a trip back in time or a unique date night, this Ride on the Rails is the ticket, and makes the perfect gift!

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Where It's Located hide

  • Essex, Connecticut

Who Is Included hide

The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for two participants, unless additional are added onto the certificate. There may be up to fifty additional participants in the dining car.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

When It Is Offered hide

The Connecticut Dinner Train is offered Saturday and Sunday evenings May thru October; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings July and August, subject to availability.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and departs at 7:00 PM on Saturday Evenings May thru August and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Saturday Evenings in September and October.

The train boards at 3:30 PM and departs at 4:00 PM on Sunday Evenings May thru September and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Sunday Evenings in October.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and deptarts at 7:00 PM on Friday Evenings in July and August. Afternoon Trains are offered in October and board at 11:30 AM and depart at 12:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

How Long Is It hide

The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two has a travel time of 2½ hours and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.

Weather hide

The Essex Dinner Train may be rescheduled by the Conductor if there is severe weather.

What To Wear hide

Business Casual attire is suggested.

Additional Information hide

Menu options include Prime Rib, Chicken, a Vegetarian Option, a Gluten Free Prime Rib & Salad Option, or Salmon (Seafood Newburgh replaces the Salmon in September & October). The Vegetarian Option is typically pasta. Menu subject to change.

Price includes tax. Beverages other than water, coffee and tea are additional and can be purchased on board.

Reservations are subject to availability; Certificates are not redeemable for Specialty or Holiday Events.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time and bring Photo ID for boarding.

Gratuity is not included and may be extended to your Server onboard the train.


Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Connecticut Dinner Train Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

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