All Attractions

  • Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel

    Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel aids in the Society’s education and conservation mission by connecting people with the environment and by experiencing nature first hand through memorable nature trips and experiences. Our small group travel allows for close interaction in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where travelers learn not only about avian ecology but also the history, culture and habitats of every destination we reach. We offer day trips, weekend getaways, overnight travel and many special programs, including CT River boat cruises, custom tours, family adventures and rarity chases. The places we visit are among the most environmentally significant and interesting habitats in Connecticut and the world.

  • Essex Paint and Sip

    Essex Paint and Sip offers 2- 2.5 hour painting parties with light food, beer and wine. Patrons are led by local artists step -by- step as they create their own masterpiece on canvas. No experience required just bring your friends and your sense of humor. Essex Paint and Sip’s historic, restored bank is the perfect setting for your next fundraiser, birthday party or social gathering. Each event can be customized to meet all of your expectations.

  • Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

    Take the family on a two and a half hour narrated journey through the scenic Connecticut River Valley—named one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy—aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S.! Board the train at Essex station and ride to Deep River Landing, where the Mississippi-style riverboat Becky Thatcher is waiting to transport you up river and back past such sites as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Back at Deep River, the next train is waiting to return you to Essex. Relish the golden hours of sunset on the river on a Friday night Sunset Cruise aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat, June through October. Relax and enjoy a four-course meal in the 1920s splendor of restored Pullman dining cars aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, May through October. Our season begins with everyone’s favorite tank engine at A Day Out with Thomas™ in Read more [...]

Contact Us


Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email