Dive Into History at the Connecticut River Museum! Climb aboard a replica of Turtle, the world’s first submarine used during the American Revolutionary War. Experience the historic 1814 British raid on Essex. Travel back to the age of steamships or take a photographic journey from the River’s source to the Sound . Take a river cruise aboard the historic reproduction of Adriaen Block's 1614 vessel Onrust. Or get an up-close view of wintering Bald Eagles and learn their comeback story on an EagleWatch boat tour in February and March. Browse the Museum shop and our waterfront grounds.
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Enjoy a 2 1/2-hour excursion through the Connecticut River Valley, named one of the "top 40 last great places" by The Nature Conservancy, aboard a restored 1920's train pulled by a coal-fired, steam locomotive. Passengers transfer to a multi-deck riverboat in Deep River for an hour's ride to East Haddam and back, then train back to Essex.
Narration's on train and boat tell of the history, flora and fauna of the area. Bar service is offered on the optional open car and a parlor car. Snacks and drinks are also available on the boat.
For a special treat, ride the
Essex Clipper Dinner Train.
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The Ivoryton Playhouse is a unique theatre with a rich cultural history. Built in 1911 as the recreation hall for the employees of the Comstock-Cheney factory, the Ivoryton Playhouse is the oldest, continuously running, self-supporting summer theater in the nation. Some of the great names of from the stage and screen have appeared at Ivoryton Playhouse including Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Groucho Marx, Helen Hayes, and Tallulah Bankhead.
Today, the Ivoryton Playhouse produces a year-round, professional season of award winning musicals, comedies and dramas as well as summer children’s theatre and many special events
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Everyone likes to find treasures. No need to take long treks to far off places.
At the “Lucky 33”, you can purchase various size pails of our enriched mine dirt. Then, through our screen boxes, sit or stand while you wash away the sands in our indoor water flume. Experience the excitement as you discover the rough gemstones that appear on almost every screen. Only your fingertips will get wet. Many different gemstones are in each Mine Pail.
Our Mine Pails start at $12 and range up to $99.
Many beautiful specimens are on display and for sale in our store.
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