This wildly popular attraction features a steam locomotive and antique carriages. The journey travels six scenic miles to Deep River, where you can cruise to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, before returning to Essex via train. The round-trip train ride takes about an hour; with the riverboat ride it's 2½ hours.

A variety of themed excursions are available – consult the website for fares, times and details. If you're staying in Essex where nightly dining options are limited, you might elect to take the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. The $80 (tax included) round-trip fare includes a 2½-hour train ride and four-course meal with a cash bar.