Essex

Connecticut
A New England Gem

The historic village of Essex, Connecticut, has long served as a favorite stopover for coastal cruisers in New England, given its location just five nautical miles from Long Island Sound. Built around a trio of coves tucked into the western shore of the Connecticut River, Essex is home to three marinas and a yacht club, all of which offer transient slips and dockage for large vessels (moorings are also available). It’s a boater-friendly place, for sure, and Essex officials like to boast that the town has more slips than parking spaces.

Steps from the waterfront, pleasant tree-lined Main Street is home to an eclectic array of boutiques, gift shops and stores, as well as several places to dine. Chief among these is the Griswold Inn, which has been serving mariners since 1776 and is the oldest continually operating tavern in the country.

There’s plenty to do and see in and around Essex, starting with the excellent Connecticut River Museum, directly on the waterfront. The grounds are a lovely spot to relax and take in the river, while inside you’ll find fascinating exhibits on the history of Essex, including the 1814 British raid on the village and a replica of the first submarine ever built. Other exhibits explore the river’s former importance as an inland trade route for timber and farming products, and Essex’s past as an import center for African ivory.

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Connecticut River Museum
The Connecticut River Foundation at Steamboat dock was established in 1974 as a small, all volunteer organization dedicated to the dream of establishing a museum that would preserve the history of the Connecticut River and its people.
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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Experience the iconic Steam Train & Riverboat ride which is the only Steam Train & Riverboat connection in the country with two operating steam locomotives and multiple classes of passenger service.
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Lord Cove Wildlife Area
Visit this five mile maze of waterways with an abundance of birdlife and several endangered plant species
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The Spa of Essex
An elegant day spa with a serene and sophisticated sophisticated environment.
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Abby's Place
37 Pratt Street Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0560
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Black Seal Grille
15 Main Street C Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-0233
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Marley's Cafe
11 Ferry Street Essex, CT 06426
(860) 575-0891
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Olive Oyl
77 Main Street Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-4909
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The Griswold Inn
36 N Main Street Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-1776
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Annual Events
Antique Boat Show
Lobster & Steak Bake
Nearest Airport
Bradley International Airport
Coordinates
41.3504, -72.4052
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