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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“Essex Steam Train & Riverboat trips are a great way to tour the area. Might be a little too long for young kids, but check it out!”
  • 18 locals recommend
“A glimpse into the history of the area with views of the river as it heads to the Atlantic.”
  • 4 locals recommend
“A great lively place for food and draft beer. This place has been around since the 18th century.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“The steam train is a must-do and Main Street in Essex is a quaint area with shopping, food, and some great views of the marinas.”
  • 4 locals recommend
“Creative delicious fine dining by chef/owner Colt. Book a table by the center fireplace. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“Cute boutique for home furnishings and small gifts for your pets and house. Very New England.”
  • 1 local recommends
  • 1 local recommends
“A beautiful town along the CT River with lots to see along the Main Street. Wonderful place for walking and shopping”
  • 1 local recommends
“Oldest Tap Room in AMERICA! You will find a popcorn machine, a few tables, a pot belly stove, and a fireplace, as well as a heavy oak bar, and PLENTY of locals. On any given night music is acoustic or shanties, Piano or Jazz, even a barbershop quartet!”
  • 1 local recommends
“At the mouth of the Connecticut River, Essex is a lovely New England town. The Griswold Inn is a historic building and a great place to stop and enjoy a meal and take in the history. There is a nautical museum on the water, and there are also boat rides, kayak rentals, and other water activities. It's my favorite small town in CT, and a great place to walk around in autumn. The residents do a great job decorating for Halloween. ”
  • 5 locals recommend