"Essex -- a great small town for a day trip!" Essex by peterd1331

Essex Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 118 photos


There are a few must do's in the small town which was rated as one of the best small town's in America. First is the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, which there is more info about in the Things to Do section. Also, the combination of Olive Oyl's and Sweet P's for lunch is a must. I also reccomend visiting the Connecticut River Museum and taking one of their free boat tours and sitting in their park on the river.

I reccomend staying nearby, not in Essex

When I visit Essex, I prefer to stay in a neerby town such as Old Lyme, New London, Waterford, or Groton, because the hotel rates are much more reasonable. Essex is such a popuar place that the hotels are now capitalizing on the popularity and raising the room rates.

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  • Pros:Great small town feel and close proximity
  • Cons:not much to do for more than a day or two
  • In a nutshell:A great small town for a day trip
  • Last visit to Essex: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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